Pulling the thread – Tirar el hilo

When I was 20 years old, I was enamored with the idea of visiting remote, third-world areas and writing illustrative tales of pilgrimage and unknown worldviews.  I had a well-developed seed planted by Scott Antes, my first Anthropology professor, who taught me the phrase “armchair anthropology” meant producing work from means other than hands-on experience.  I had a few other influential teachers in Anthropology, Jill Dubisch, Lisa Hardy, and Kerry Thompson, who inspired me to think about values, spirituality, relationships, communication, and holism.  I also had influential teachers in Education, Troy Hutchings, Christine Lemley, and Dana Mack, who inspired me to be structured, prepared, creative, and relational.  I didn’t know, however, that I would actually carry out the dreams of my 20-year-old-self (albeit in less-grandeured way).

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