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Is there any major US city I could feel rooted in as a single, childless 30 something? [more inside]
I'm a highschool teacher. One of my students will be celebrating a large quinceañera in a couple days. I don't know her family, but her parents sent me a formal invitation. The student is really excited to invite me and I'm fairly certain she would feel hurt or disapointed if I don't stop by. I'd like to at least stop by and meet her parents, but I'm uncertain if this is "weird" or overstepping professional boundaries. [more inside]
I'm trying to track down accounts by anyone that actually lived in cave systems with the Taliban (or ISIS, since apparently they've been using caves as well). I'm interested in how they managed their day-to-day lives/operations, not so much their tactics/ideology. [more inside]
Why are American calendars different in their layout from the ones that I can get in Japan? [more inside]
Specifically in logistics and volunteer management [more inside]
I'm working with someone who insists that conflicts be worked out directly between parties, without being escalated to the next level. Please help me understand this. [more inside]
Can you think of any examples of feudal systems being used as a metaphor, a motif or as a way of understanding other relationships? Especially examples from the medieval and early modern periods. A few examples I can think of are chess pieces; "an Englishman's home is his castle"; the Confucian idea of the man being the sovereign of his household. But I feel like there must be more, since the notion of king/noble/serf is deeply ingrained in our culture...?
And if so, can I avoid it while still engaging with Jewish culture? [more inside]
I see a lot of people getting upset over pink, that pink is bad, that enlightened parents shouldn't dress their daughters in pink, etc. If pink weren't associated with feminity, it wouldn't be problematic, right? I guess pink isn't the problem, it's whatever is associated with feminity that is the problem. My feeling is that by wanting to forbid our girls to choose pink and princesse-y things we are playing by the patriarchal rules, once again, while thinking doing the good, feminist thing. [more inside]
Hey folks, so I have a simple request--I'm looking for decent books/articles/resources for learning more about the labor movement in Baltimore, MD. I moved here last year from Minneapolis, and while there's a lot of good books about labor in Minnesota, I haven't really seen anything about the history of the labor movement in Baltimore or Maryland. I'm hoping some folks might be able to help me learn more.
Were there well-known Asian American professionals - doctors, engineers, lawyers, particularly scientists - in the 19th century? I'm seeing a lot of historical sources about Asian American immigrants who were blue collar workers and the like, but how about scientists? Any specifically important/groundbreaking ones in particular?
I recently (within the past week or so) heard a program on the local NPR station that discussed the Anthropocene, mass extinctions, and other matters related to deep time. What was it? [more inside]
Our son (just turned three) loves superheros and always wants his character to help people and animals. My husband and I are usually assigned to be co-heros (Robin, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc.), but usually also assigned to be the ones in need of help. Help me with ideas of what our "problems" might be! I feel so uncreative... [more inside]
I have a tradition where I take my nieces and nephews on a trip for just the two of us when they are old enough to do so. The next nephew up selected the San Diego ComicCon as his destination and after a failure to get tickets last year, we're in with 4 day badges this year. Help me figure out how to make the best of it! [more inside]
I'm going to a local offshoot of the upcoming March for Science, and I'm looking for sign ideas. Specifications inside. [more inside]
I'm looking for historical examples of people caring about small-scale ethical issues but not apparently caring about monstrous crimes against humanity happening under their noses. An example might be a letter from someone who lived and worked right next to a Nazi death camp, talking about how littering, shoplifting, lying, infidelity, etc is bad and how it's important to honour your mother and father. [more inside]
What comes after postmodernism? [more inside]
I'm curious about humorous stereotypes about older generations, outside of the US and the UK. A bit more information is inside. [more inside]
I'm designing an illustrated book of Inuit folk tales for a university project, and I'm looking for an Inuit proverb or quotation to put at the beginning of the book, preferably in the original language (with translation). The stories in the book are very dark and bloody, so I'm looking for something in that vein. [more inside]
In terms of impact, is it better to have a lot of smaller marches attended by some number of people, or is it better to concentrate the people into fewer but larger marches? [more inside]