I am a 30 something-year-old creative type, I don't put much worth into personality typing, but according to 16personalities, I am an INFP-A, assertive mediator. I enjoy self-teaching skills, right now I am studying Python programming and Spanish. I fell in love with Mesoamerica during my internship at ASU, from which I graduated with two bachelor's degrees, in anthropology and history. I have a long way to go in my education, but as each day goes by I fall deeper and deeper in love with Mexican culture and the beauty of their relationship with death.
I am an Orthodox Christian, and our relationship with death is very similar to that in Mexico. Mexican culture surrounding death is one of veneration and welcoming. Many Mexican plays, poems, and stories revolve around death, one example being the Spanish play by Alejandro Casona, La Dama Del Alba. In this play death personified, La Peregrina (The Pilgrim), visits a family, befriends the children, and describes herself as our friend. In Orthodoxy, we try to remember that one day we will die. In fact, on Mt. Athos, the Orthodox monks build ossuaries, where they keep the bones and skulls of previous monks who have passed away at the monastery as a reminder of death.
In school, my favorite subject was always History. My Great-Grandfather, dust bowl survivor, and former Marine, used to take me to Barnes & Noble, we would pick out history books and watch documentaries together. This was the beginning of my love for history, and it's been exciting ever since. Why aren't I a History teacher? I'm a more hands-on kind of person. My need to be hands-on is why I got a bachelor's in anthropology. Whether I end up doing social or biological anthropology, or if I do archaeology or any of the other focuses in the field, I will use that opportunity to enrich myself in the cultures of the world.
In the meantime, this blog is just a place to write and share things I'm interested in.
I am a father, husband, brother, and son. I am part of a multi-cultural family, with loved ones of several races. I have no love for the hate they face in their own country, #EndAsianHate.