We Had a Hedge Back Home in the Suburbs

Last year I had the opportunity to hear a talk from Alexandra Murphy, a sociology Ph.D. and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Her talk was about her dissertation research on the experiences of families living in a poverty in a suburb of Pittsburgh. Her talk was fascinating not merely […]

I am an “Upstate Girl”

A few years ago, I was strolling through my new neighborhood with my dog, checking out my new surroundings and saw a beautiful little house on an adjacent street. The next time my husband and I were out walking together, I excitedly ushered him down that same street, telling him all about the cute garden […]

Friday Five: The Straw that Stirs the Drink

The vast majority of social problems cannot be reduced to a single cause. For this reason, much of social science is about establishing the factors that have a meaningful and significant impact on the phenomenon under study. In this week’s first link, I came across the expression “the straw that stirs the drink” and I […]

Soccer’s Missed Opportunity

I’m a sports fan. My favorite sports are baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey. In the United States, those are profoundly unoriginal choices. Those sports and their respective professional leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL) are commonly referred to as the “Big Four” American sports. But I must give credit where credit is due and admit […]

Friday Five: Freedom (Fireworks not included)

On July 4th, it is hard not to think about freedom (and fireworks). As much as Americans love freedom, it can be a hard concept to define. Sometimes one persons freedom depends on the oppression or exploitation of others. Or, a service that seems built on the freedom of expression is actually tailoring that expression […]

Ignorant Americans and the Love of Soccer

Seeing as how you are on the internet right now, odds are you know that the US has been knocked out of the World Cup. Many commentators claim that this, along with record high ratings for the live matches, provide evidence that the sport is finally catching on here at home.  I, for one, am […]