Southern Indiana Mud Run

I was in Yellowwood State Forest sixteen miles east of Bloomington, Indiana, to run my first half marathon after a six year hiatus. I was nervous. I hadn’t fully trained. The course was on a trail, and I wasn’t confident that I was prepared for the chilly weather and rain. My other races of that…

Impermanence

During my journey through central Europe and the Balkans, I frequently rearranged plans. When I first outlined my loose itinerary, Zagreb was on the map. I cancelled it entirely after hearing from Oben, a Turkish doctoral student in Budapest, that Belgrade was more worth the experience. I was not certain that I wanted to go…

Four Ways that Travel Changes Us

We Accept the Unknown When we travel, we communicate a message to the universe that we are open to new people and places, who carry with them new ideas and experiences. The more open we are and the more often we reinforce the behavior of someone who is open, the more fulfilled and enriched our…

Hiking Taipei’s Elephant Mountain

If you are sluggish from the sticky rice dumplings and scallion pancakes sold at the Taipei marketplaces and food stalls, it might be time for some exercise. Your best bet is to tackle one of the Four Beasts of Taipei, a network of mountain trails named for the animals that live in the nearby jungles….

Foodie Ethics and a New Cultural Paradigm in Minneapolis

My first experience in Minneapolis was to speak at a gathering of colleagues who were interested in my graduate research. I had been studying historical and modern institutional systems that require accelerated accumulation of wealth and power to survive, and how social and ecological oppression is integrated into that model. We also discussed themes of…

Walking Tour of Latino Street Art in Milwaukee

Start your tour in the unlikely location beneath the I-94 underpass in the historic neighborhood of Walker’s Point. This unique collection of murals, called The Wonders of Latin America, depicts 34 scenes from the Latino world, painted onto support beams and pillars. Images include the underwater colony of Baja California, the jungles of Venezuela, and…

Rewriting the Business as Usual Narrative

It was unfortunately another tragic night in the United States after two unrelated mass shootings in separate cities, a couple thousand miles apart from each other, killed or injured over 50 individuals. One shooting is a confirmed hate crime, the other motivation is still unknown. These are the 249th and 250th shootings in the US…