Humor · Uncategorized · Yoga

13 Ways That Yoga Is Just Like Orthodox Judaism

NOTE: Obviously, I do not actually think that yoga is just like Orthodox Judaism. As a person who studies religion, spirituality, and belief, I do, however, find it fascinating when you find resemblances, however coincidental, in unexpected places. I also think that comparing such  wildly disparate traditions helps us see and appreciate both in a… Continue reading 13 Ways That Yoga Is Just Like Orthodox Judaism

History · Philosophy of History · Self-Realization · Shadow-Narratives

The Shadow-Narratives

Lots of people think that history is simply automatically generated by world events and catastrophes, and that it just sits out there in the ether waiting for some historian to write it down. In fact, our relationship with history is much more complicated. The historian is not a mere passive transcriber of events, but an… Continue reading The Shadow-Narratives

Awareness · Gracie Jiu Jitsu · Martial Arts · Training

Jiu Jitsu: You Are How You Roll

One of the beautiful things about Gracie Jiu Jitsu is its endlessly customizable nature. As a martial art, jiu jitsu is at the opposite end of the spectrum from doing set forms or kata– although you may learn a technique like an armbar in its ideal, textbook form, in practice you will never execute it in… Continue reading Jiu Jitsu: You Are How You Roll

Academia · Humor · Teaching Undergraduates

Some Pros and Cons of Teaching Undergraduates

Pro: You get to work with a subject you really love, all the time. As others slump off to their offices to enter data into spreadsheets or embark upon marathon meetings about meetings, you are exploring the complexities of 15th-century Florentine art with your students. What variety! What mental stimulation! Con: You get to work… Continue reading Some Pros and Cons of Teaching Undergraduates

Academia · History

Connecting with the Past: Caution, Inspiration, and Consolation

When I was first starting out as a history grad student at George Mason University, I was a teaching assistant to an astute and witty professor who warned me against the teaching technique of lecturing to one’s students whilst costumed in the garb of the era to which you are referring. Historical costumes tend to… Continue reading Connecting with the Past: Caution, Inspiration, and Consolation

Feminism · Fitness · Post-postmodernism

Ladies, Let’s Be More Like Men (In How We View Our Bodies)

Recently, I saw this image making its rounds on facebook: First it made me chuckle, and then it made me sad. The expression on the scrawny guy’s face as he flexes and stares adoringly at himself in the mirror is pretty funny, but the image also reminded me that, for many girls (once including teenaged-me),… Continue reading Ladies, Let’s Be More Like Men (In How We View Our Bodies)