No Birthday Monkey: Macaque Encounters in India

I haven’t blogged about my trip to India yet! The most exciting wildlife sighting for me, other than langurs for the first time in Great Himalayan National Park (sorry, no good photos!), was rhesus macaques! Until September, I had only observed rhesus macaques along the Silver River in central Florida. Here is a quick overviewContinue reading “No Birthday Monkey: Macaque Encounters in India”

The Almost Anthropologist’s Favorite Books of 2019

Picture Books A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman Little Tigers by Jo Weaver Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau, illustrated by Robert Hynes Under My Hijab by Hena Khan Middle Grade/ Young Adult Forward Me Back To You by Mitali Perkins (YA) From TwinkleContinue reading “The Almost Anthropologist’s Favorite Books of 2019”

Loving-Kindness Meditation Beyond the Human

Lovingkindness meditation, or metta, is a Buddhist practice for developing compassion. Practicing it over time, I started to wonder why we are limited to primarily wishing lovingkindness to ourselves and other humans (until the very end when ‘all beings everywhere’ are included). So, I created my own version! I flipped the order of the traditionalContinue reading “Loving-Kindness Meditation Beyond the Human”

What is an Almost Anthropologist?

I just attended the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) annual meeting. It was my second environmental education (EE) conference, and during both I lamented the fact that they were not the anthropology or primatology conferences where I feel the most satisfying sense of belonging. (Note: Not everyone feels this way, and that’s aContinue reading “What is an Almost Anthropologist?”

Usual Love for an Ordinary Pelican

Years ago, I posed for a picture on a day trip along the Wakulla River in northern Florida. A juvenile brown pelican bobbed behind me as I aimed my cheesy smile at the camera. I turned back around, greeted the bird with enthusiasm, and delighted as it swam closer to my rocky perch on theContinue reading “Usual Love for an Ordinary Pelican”