Confessions of a Death Hag

Ever since I was a child, I’ve been fascinated by accounts of death and murder. For me, it went beyond my love of horror films and the macabre and onto the deaths and murders of real, living people. With the advent of Wikipedia and the easy access I have to the internet, I was surprised but pleased to find out there are other people out there like me, so-called “death hags” who are interested in things like… Read More Confessions of a Death Hag

Fame, Success and Honey Boo Boo

There are occasional moments when I feel so confused by an aspect of our culture, it’s like being an anthropologist studying an obscure tribe, or Jane Goodall observing chimps. Usually those moments have to do with my teenagers – a joke they think is hysterical which goes completely over my head, or my 16-year-old trying to explain what makes a video go viral. (He discovered “Gangnam Style” before it had a million hits, which gives him some authority as being ahead of the pop culture curve.) When one of my videos topped 8,000 hits, his reaction was, “Well, mom, that’s viral for old people.” Read More Fame, Success and Honey Boo Boo

Actually, Arab

Arabs can be a tricky sort of people. At least if you’re into racial profiling. The trouble lies in the immense spread of geography which contributes to major differences in skin tone and facial features. Go to Sudan and most will assume they are speaking to a black African. But to some Sudanese, they identify primarily as Arab Africans. From Morocco to Syria, the spectrum of appearance plays out almost within its entirety. Like Islam, this cohesive, multi-ethnic layer is something most Arabs, and most Muslims, are incredibly proud of. Read More Actually, Arab