What is love? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s first definition states, “strong affection for another rising out of kinship or personal ties.” Another definition is, “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another.” Vladimir Nabokov’s famous novel Lolita has been called by Vanity Fair, “The only convincing love story of our century.” Nabokov’s novel is not […]Read more "Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita: A Story of Love or a Story of Addiction?"
Virtually every culture across the globe has some aspect of music within it. No matter where one travels in the world, one will undoubtedly find music being made where ever humans inhabit. From the Appalachian Mountains of North America to cities of Taiwan, people within communities invariably come together to create music with one […]Read more "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out! — Community Music and its Effects on Society"
Why Study Tattoos? One week after my sixteenth birthday, I hopped on a plane to Helsinki, Finland and lived and volunteered with individuals from all over the world. The experience changed my life, and allowed me to realize that I had complete control over what I wanted to do with my future. I did […]Read more "Doves, Roses, and Elephants: The Significance Behind Nature-Based Tattoos — An Ethnoecological Study"
Every parent is faced with innumerable decisions on how to raise their children. One very controversial area parents must make decisions on is parental discipline. Spanking, in particular, is a topic of considerable—and often contentious—debate among parents, practitioners and scientists. While many American parents do not hesitate to punish their child physically, it is clear […]Read more "Humanity’s Paradox: Corporal Punishment of Children"
A young Nepali boy waded in the shallow, sacred Bagmati river outside of Pashupatinath Temple, shoeless and wearing only a shabby crimson overcoat many sizes too large for him. In his hands he grasped a long strand of twine. Tied at the end was a circular magnet. He would toss this invention into the water—upon […]Read more "Children of Nepal: The Tragedy and the Joy — An Ethnography"