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RhymesAmbiguityCountries throughout the world have become huge “melting pots.”  During my early years growing up on the East Coast, that phrase had a very powerful meaning – especially since both sets of grandparents were ingredients that helped season that melting pot.

Today, many of us invest long hours learning one, two, maybe even three or more different languages.  We, however, often fail to grasp or embrace the bigger picture.  Language – and our true ability to communicate – is embedded into a historical and cultural backdrop.  Aspects of those elements are etched into our core.  It is from that core that we read more

STOP and look around you…

Are there any products in your life that might cause you to pause, reflect…maybe even say a word or two of awe-filled thanks?  Or are many of these items just too small or their use so routine that they go unnoticed, unacknowledged – even unappreciated?

In dire need of a break from the dictates of my day – especially from projects and studies – I retrieved and again browsed Malcolm Gladwell’s book David and Goliath.  As with many of Gladwell’s books, this one is equally rich in ideas and concepts that stimulate and jar one’s thought process.  For me to truly absorb – and shake up my way of thinking – I read, re-read and repeatedly listen.  Capturing the essence – with the many nuances and possible twists and turns – demands focus.  As I read and listened, I could “hear,” “see” and grasp the ideas Gladwell presents.  However, it wasn’t until many hours later that real world circumstances – situations, encounters, etc. – demonstrated and allowed what he’d shared to become enlivened and real to me.

One idea passed along by Gladwell that drew my attention was a comment about products used in our daily lives – especially ones that enhance, improve or ultimately save lives.  Oftentimes, these items not only go unnoticed but, they might have been created by people who may be unrecognized for their contribution, and, therefore, unknown to us.

seatbelts-father to sonAs I slid into my car seat this morning, I paused and stared down at the seat belt as it waited to be coaxed onto its journey across my chest to align and be tugged into its slot.  A passage conveyed by Mike Reynolds in Gladwell’s book resurfaced…

“Think about the guy that invented safety belts. Do you know his name? I don’t. I’ve got no clue. But think about how many guys that are safe, or people that are safe, as a result of safety belts or air bags or tamper-proof medicine containers. I could sit here and go right through it. Simple devices that are made by Joe Average, just like me, that have gone on to save numerous lives. Yet we’re not looking for any kudos, we’re not looking for any pats on the back. All we’re looking for is results, and the results are my greatest reward.”

seatbelts-einsteinUpon arriving home, thoughts about the seat belt – and specifically curiosity concerning its inventor – continued to  maintain residence in my already crowded head-space.  Wow, can you even imagine read more


study cartoonAs I sit here scanning the backdrop of last week, a deep, intense sign of relief unravels from my chest.  For now, midterm week has come to a close.  Negotiating with self to buckle down and focus consistently presents a daunting challenge – especially while the birds chirp out their mantra for the onset of Spring.  Absorbing six weeks of article content, copious notes, and class time observations – only to randomly regurgitate on demand (through those unforgiving multiple choice questions) – defies reason.  For me, this entire process can be disheartening…consistently netting me “mediocre student” status (in my mind’s eye, anyway).  But, I persevere…nonetheless.

For many reasons, these “poor me” thoughts caused me to ponder the recent 2014 Winter Olympics and the anticipated, fast-approaching 2014 Paralympic Winter Games which begin in Sochi, Russia on March 7th.  As I browse their website, the concept of “overwhelming odds” fills my thoughts.  Not only have these athletes physically made it to these games, but they will be read more

Under the siege of midterms…

Will be back next week…


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© 2014 EM Carlock


Last week, I experienced exactly what I had hoped I would in the Cultural Anthropology class I’m taking this semester.  To say my curiosity was ignited and my fascination stimulated by the content and focus of this class would not adequately describe my experience.

Although I’m familiar with Margaret Mead, the details of her background, life, and significant contributions had not…up until now…peaked my interest.  This oversight is clearly shameful.  I’m not one to make excuses…but, maybe I was just too young at the time to understand (or embrace) the accomplishments of this very gifted woman – one who was way ahead of her time.  Ms. Mead’s work in anthropology as well as her ambitious spirit (despite Derek Freeman’s attempt to debunk her work in Samoa) provided a deeper view into (and enticed us to consider) the dynamics of other cultures beyond our borders.  This step is particularly relevant today as our exposure to cultures within and beyond our borders – more aptly termed globalization – takes hold and is on the rise.  The details of Ms. Mead’s immersion – especially into the cultural climate for young girls in Samoa during the 1920’s – not only offered an opportunity to consider other cultures, but coaxed us to take a deeper look into read more


Now that I’m taking these Anthropology classes – especially the one on Cultural Anthropology – I stop daily to consider and view the world in a more observant and broader way.  Reflecting upon and pondering the contrast between my current life environment and the cultural setting and climate of my youth – where many behavior patterns seem to have been established – also permeates each day.

Based on what I’m learning, many anthropologists travel to distant lands – often to the ends of the earth – to research and learn more about indigenous tribes – their cultures, patterns, life styles…and much more.  As I sit in class and listen, that nagging question confronts and fills my head (and heart) – WHY TRAVEL SO FAR AWAY when the ability to learn about unique (and maybe even endangered) species, society, and culture is literally right outside your back door?

Truth be told…I’m a Jersey girl.  Yep, that’s the state that also claims the now famous Chris Christie as their “proud son” (up until the recent bridge fiasco, anyway).  Good, bad or indifferent, the culture, life style and way of life in that part of the country is definitely “unique” – and at times very different from the environment I now find myself in (and within other places in the world – even within the United States).

Take my New Jersey family for example.  read more


spider-web-maleThe Spring semester at school has begun.  Classes in Cultural Anthropology now fill my every waking hour.

Continual research and the many books I’ve recently read have led me to believe that new – more creative and resourceful  – directions in jobs and career pursuits are critical.

As shared in earlier blogs, a favorite career-focused book is “The 10 Faces of Innovation. ” As I indulged in this book, I learned that one read more