When people meet a famous musician, they often say, "Your music helped me through a really difficult time in my life." I wonder about what the function of that sentence really is and what it means. I think it's a punchy and often true thing for a person to say, and also it's an expression… Continue reading The Hold Steady was there when I didn’t know what to do.
The following is a video I made to prepare a presentation at a Middle Eastern Studies Association conference in 2016. It was based on research I had been conducting up to that point.
I pay money every year to keep this website open, as a central hub of my various personal and career pursuits, yet I don't really keep the blog updated. I have decided to start blogging again - or at least, updating this blog periodically so it doesn't seem hopelessly outdated. I will try to keep… Continue reading Back to Blogging
I was able to contribute to a chapter of a book on public health that was just published. It is called Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Measures, an edited volume on public health. The editors were Jacob C. Warren and K. Bryant Smalley. My contribution, in Chapter 14, dealt with the unique challenges… Continue reading Publication – Rural Public Health: Best Practices and Preventive Models
I have recently received word that a paper that I extracted from my master's thesis, entitled "Is the 'War on Terror' a mortality salience prime? Framing effects of counterterrorism metaphors on anti-Muslim prejudice before and after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings" has won first place at the Southeastern Psychological Association's annual conference, for the Committee on… Continue reading 2014 CEPO Award Winner
I consider my primary artistic gift (if I have one at all) to be songwriting, but I have always enjoyed doing visual arts as well. A decade-and-a-half of this means I've got a pile of art that I've done, but don't display for space reasons. As such, I've decided to put my artwork online in… Continue reading Original Artwork Available
Someone posted a link to this in my Facebook newsfeed this morning, and I watched it and was very moved. It's a video of a homeless man being given a makeover. When I watched it I realized how emotionally moving it is. But gosh, it's depressing that it's moving. I didn't want to be the one… Continue reading Time Lapse Video of Homeless Man’s Makeover