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Welcome to my blog. Here I share my successes and failures along my journey to becoming an anthropologist. My most prominent interest anthropologically are the new approaches to handing food security/healthy eating in the US, particularly in urban "food deserts". I enjoy the Anthropology of Tourism as well; combining food and tourism has scholarly promise. My other interests which have converted into anthropological hobbies of sorts include converts to Islam, diaspora of Muslims, and MENA in general. I also have some interest in historical archaeology.

I welcome comments, discussion and even respectful debating. I will however keep discussions to a respectable level. I reserve the right to ban anyone from this forum.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Oakland heritage day!

Yesterday was the Oakland Heritage Festival. It was cool. The Central Florida Anthropological Society (myself and the president) and the cultural work we have done in Oakland, Florida. The professor asked me to write about eco-tourism for my part of the monograph. Cool!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Rumi poem

If this is not I, then
who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then
who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is
the one I am covering?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

I have finally decided...

...that am a Sufi Muslim! I feel good making a stand on my beliefs. I really do. now I need a Sufi master to teach me the ropes. I have Rumi poems and love them already.

If your going to tell me this is not Islam or whatever...blah! ..save it for someone else. I am happy!


among my other varied interests....

...is to help wildlife and animals in general. Today the Dude and I saved a turtle off a busy highway. We relocated him (male turtle, we checked) to our apartment pond. I think he is happy, based on the speed in which he flew in the water!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Whatever happened to courage?

Being that I claim to be slanted toward the Islamic belief structure yet I do not really practice, many will still consider me to be just that-Muslim. That said, I don't know. I will like to say that I do not want to fully take the leap into this life until the moderate Muslim population gets courage to fight against what they claim to be against. Terrorist cells have an uncanny way of taking dignity and courage away from those who are non-violent. I really hate the way some people will say "that is not Islam". Yeah...yeah...I know..but why are you not going public against violence? I know things around the world are not this simple. For example-Poverty can be eliminated very easily through a vegetarian diet but "little things" like despotic government corruption get in the way of human lives.....

These are just thoughts in my mind. I welcome comments or a respectful debate.