"Everything in life is writable
if you have the outgoing guts to do it,
and the imagination to improvise."
b.1932 - d. 1963
Poverty No Excuse for Moral Censure
Journal Gazette, Oct 2 2022
Privilege prevents progress, and until the realities of our entire community are acknowledged, disadvantaged communities will remain the scapegoat for those who don’t have to think about the cost of their $7 latte while sitting in the drive-through at Starbucks.
A part of Arp’s trope is valid, though, but in a way he presumably didn’t intend: The only thing that resembles a circus act is the high wire balanced daily by those who are disadvantaged.
Being poor isn’t for the weak. Nor does economic suffering warrant moral castigation. For more click here.
Neighbors' Struggles Could Become Ours
Journal Gazette, May 29 2022
Income disparities weaken our democracy and, I contend, are our moral obligation to address. You may not be struggling to make ends meet, but thousands of your neighbors are.
Platforms and agendas rife with issues that impact only a fraction of residents all too often prevail over the needs of the greater community.
I implore current and future officeholders not to forget about the 130,000 facing the challenging decisions of whether to pay utility bills or put food on the table for their families on a daily basis. They're your constituents.
This was me not too long ago. It could be you next. For more click here.
Journal Gazette, March 4 2022
Many of our neighbors experience housing insecurity daily and in a variety of ways – skyrocketing rent, a mortgage or rent burden requiring more than a third of their income, insufficient housing stock or homelessness.
Our community must commit to substantive change to address this dire situation; that includes elected officials. This is why it's a part of my political platform for the new House District 82. For more click here.
Correcting Inequitable Investment
Journal Gazette, Jan. 23 2022
A total of $10,262 is allocated to educate a single child in Indiana. However, this amount presumes all people's circumstances are equal. Unfortunately, that's not the case.
Such an ideology only works in a perfect world where all things are equal. It's shortsighted to expect similar results in student success when there's an inequitable investment in public education. For more click here.
Journal Gazette, Dec. 3 2021
There are 1,478 nonprofits in Allen County, and 373 are human services organizations that provide direct service to the needy. Human services organizations, such as my employer (Wellspring Interfaith Social Services), constitute the second-largest employer sector in Allen County. For more click here.
Ask Not What the World Owes You...
Journal Gazette, Nov. 2 2021
I run hard in everything I undertake...not stepping aside for someone to have their turn because they or others believe they're entitled to it is a privileged notion that counters the very nature of our survival skills as a species. I don't feel the world owes me anything; in fact, conversely, I feel I owe the world everything. For more click here.
'Person Over Personal Agenda': Relationships are Foundational
Journal Gazette, Oct. 1 2021
Relationships have the ability to transcend our differences and allow us to arrive at deference - humble submission and respect...The 'social' is as critical to our shared humanity as is oxygen. For more click here.
Living with the Invisible Monster
Journal Gazette, Nov. 1 2020
The love and support I've experienced from so many of you is the sort of compassion I want to remember most about this experience, not the invisible monster that will persist if people continue to choose ego over the well-being of humanity. For more click here.
Welcoming Community to Open Arms All Week Long
Journal Gazette, Sept. 2020
I'm encouraged that one day there will be a unified civic commitment to immigrant/refugee integration in Fort Wayne...successful immigrant integration is more of a reflection of one's community than of national policies. For more click here.
Relationships Beyond the Digits
News Sentinel, April 2018
Regardless of one’s professional calling, I believe we need more old school relationship-building. The ongoing education I’ve received over the years has lent to a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. For more click here.
Other Selected Works...
'To Hell with the Wigs!' Native American Representation and Resistance at the World's Columbian Exposition, American Indian Quarterly, Fall, 2012.
A Legacy of Forced Removal: the Removal of the Miami Tribe, International Journal of Population Geography, March 2003.
Psychological & Emotional Problems, In Encyclopedia of American Indian Issues Today, Russell Lawson, ed. 2013.
Miami Indian Removal, In Encyclopedia of American Indian Removal, Daniel Littlefield, Jr, & James Parins, eds. 2011.
The Agency of Language Ideologies in Miami Indian Recovery, In Ethnographic Contributions to the Study of Endangered Languages, Tania Granadillo & Heidi Orcutt-Gachiri, eds. 2011.
Contested Territories: Native Americans and Non-Natives in the Lower Great Lakes, 1700-1850, Charles Beatty Medina & Melissa Rinehart, eds. 2012.
Inspiration from Haiti Part I, Anthropology Now, June 18, 2010.
Inspiration from Haiti Part 2, Anthropology Now, June 21, 2010.
Choice Champions Change
Northwest News, Oct. 2017
I'm a firm believer of having options during election season. Indiana statistics for unchallenged races don't bode well for us as a democratic society. For more click here.
The Tapestry that Ties Us Together
Journal Gazette, July 2017
If someone were to ask me who my personal heroes are, I'd tell them in a heartbeat any immigrant or refugee who's carved a new path for themselves in the United States. For more click here.
Journal Gazette, May 2017
It feels as if the bar continues to creep lower for thoughtful engagement, decorum and a demonstrable appreciation for our collective identity as Americans. For more click here.
From 'Bagay La' to 'My Thing'
Practicing Anthropology, Summer 2014
All anthropological work is morally grounded...My practice, now more than ever before, is profoundly rooted in moral obligation and how it serves others. For more click here.