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The Lumbee Tribe and The National Museum of the American Indian

Last month, I visited the National Museum of the American Indian, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This museum, along with the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture, is one of the newest additions … Continue reading

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Cultural Anthropology & the American Dive Bar

I’ve always had a fascination with dive bars. They’re cozy, tucked away establishments. A totem of neighborhood culture, where the staff appreciate you for tipping well and the walls are festooned with artifacts revering heroes – alive and departed. A … Continue reading

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Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs: “You Might Have to Cook for 20 Guys Someday.”

One of my favorite scenes in The Godfather involved Peter Clemenza (played by the late Richard S. Castellano), Capo to Don Vito Corleone, preparing his meatball sauce for a bunch of mob guys in the kitchen. Clemenza gives a brief … Continue reading

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A Lesson on Beauty…

I knew this girl in junior high; most of the kids in school considered her quite attractive. She congregated in a circle of lovely friends, with her as the “Queen Bee” of that little hive. I won’t provide her name. … Continue reading

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The Selective Missionary, or the Joy in Not Convincing You

Perhaps it happened in my mid-30s, but I noticed that I became more selective in engaging in passionate discourse about topics both personal and societal. It’s not that I stopped caring, or that I wouldn’t defend certain beliefs with sincerity. … Continue reading

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The Coca-Cola Pig

Friday – 7:30PM Harper maneuvers through the small crowd, bottlenecked between the hostess’ podium and the restaurant’s doorway. A chilled whiff from the AC teases my sweaty shirt. He’s already shaking his head before the door closes. “Twenty-minute wait,” he … Continue reading

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Interview with Folklorist Betty J. Belanus, Curator and Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Folklore is a significant component of my draft novel. I’ve read folktales and regional histories, old customs and traditions for several years, well before I wrote a single sentence of this effort. I’ve also made a habit of attending cultural … Continue reading

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