Meandering Through Lijiang

I arrived in Lijiang with fatigue and an upset stomach. After spending the previous week, battling a horrendous stomach that probably came about from consuming unfiltered water, I was still a bit queezy and sleep deprived. The Outskirts of Lijiang I stepped off the crowded bus onto the streets of the prolific Yunnan city and … Continue reading Meandering Through Lijiang

Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

“There are many things more horrible than bloodshed, and slavery is one of them”- Padraig Pearse http://hdl.handle.net/10599/386 (South Dublin Library collection) What would it take for a man to sacrifice his life for a cause that might not survive? To strike against an occupying power who has crushed all resistance time and time again? How … Continue reading Padraig Pearse and The Fanatic’s Heart

The Lights of Luang Prabang

Near the top of Phousi Hill in Downtown Luang Prabang At the hostel in Kunming, while laying on a bunk in a cramped dorm room full of Frenchman, I closed my eyes and earnestly tried to catch some rest. When I finally rolled off, I fell into a vivid dream. It was a very Midwestern … Continue reading The Lights of Luang Prabang

Exploring “Stranger in The Village of The Sick”

"Time and experience have taught me that everyone, especially cancer patients, can benefit from the world of sorcery." -Paul Stoller, Anthropologist It is well understood that being diagnosed with cancer is a devastating prognosis. However, given the uncomfortable realities associated with the illness, the topic remains for most, something that is out of sight, out … Continue reading Exploring “Stranger in The Village of The Sick”

Exploring Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Civilization

Mesopotamia is a region centered around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Southwest Asia. It is an area renowned for being the cradle of civilization and an archaeological hotspot. Mesopotamia is accepted historically, as the first place in the world to give birth to complex human society. It is where Humans first successfully transitioned from … Continue reading Exploring Mesopotamia, The Cradle of Civilization

Human Origins; Neanderthals and Language

Were Homo sapiens the first Hominids to have the ability to communicate with complex speech? It’s an elaborate and difficult question to answer. The relevance of whether or not Humans were the first to communicate with complex speech is however, a monumental question in our evolutionary history because language is something that separates us from … Continue reading Human Origins; Neanderthals and Language