C-Hill in Carson City

C-Hill in Carson City

One of the many benefits of living in Carson City is that it’s situated immediately to the east of the Sierra Nevada, which means that we’re living a short distance from a handful of trails that beg to be hiked.  Earlier today, I ventured into the foothills that you can see from my driveway.  They’re […]

Alone, yet never lonely, at Great Basin National Park

Alone, yet never lonely, at Great Basin National Park

“So, as the walls close in…regress or overcome…” -Good Riddance In need of a late summer distraction as the next academic year approaches, I planned a solo road trip to explore eastern Nevada.  While I love my career and always look forward to meeting new students, there’s a certain melancholy that accompanies the end of […]

FALL 2019: Introduction to Political Theory

FALL 2019: Introduction to Political Theory

Teachers know the feeling all too well: the natural buzz of summer crashes when fall preparation must begin.  Yes, the August crash is inevitable.  Now, I still have three weeks of break left, but I’m a planner who doesn’t like to leave work until the last minute.  While it might sound strange, I always look […]

Thunder Mountain

Thunder Mountain

Inexplicably, I’m drawn to the terrain in Kit Carson Country, which is about a hour southwest of Carson City across the state line in California.  So, I chose to explore Thunder Mountain on the edge of the backcountry.  The trail is 8.4 miles round trip, i.e. out and back, with 1775 feet of elevation gain.  […]

Down into the valley we go…

Down into the valley we go…

Why did Yousefi and I move to Carson City?  The answer is simple: housing options.  After deciding that we needed a better place to live this past spring, I researched the available properties on the South Shore.  Let’s just say that there isn’t much for working professionals to choose from.  Many of the apartments and […]

The Exploited are playing?  You bet I’ll be there.

The Exploited are playing? You bet I’ll be there.

Honestly, I can’t remember the first time I ever heard The Exploited.  Late teens?  Since then, they’ve been one of my favorite old school punk bands along with others acts like Chaos U.K. and G.B.H. The combination of politics, anger, and hooks in their music has long appealed to me, especially when you grow up […]

New goals to accompany a new life

New goals to accompany a new life

How do I like to decompress from two busy quarters of writing presentation slides and reading numerous excepts for my classes at the college?  Drive down to Las Vegas to meet up with my friend Joelle and then hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (click here to see the Visitor Guide and here […]

Last stop: South Lake Tahoe, CA

Last stop: South Lake Tahoe, CA

I’ve been living on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe for over four months and my life has changed in certain ways.  Yes, I’ve become a Subaru Forester-driving, Patagonia hoody-wearing, mountain and forest-loving Californian.  No apologies.  The choice to move here easily makes it onto the shortlist of the best decisions that I’ve made in […]

Goodbye H-Town

Goodbye H-Town

“I’m not walking away from here with a bunch of things I still need to declare…” -Bane On Saturday, I will depart Houston to pursue a new teaching position in South Lake Tahoe, California.  Yes, I’m moving to the Sierra Nevada Mountains!  While I lived in between three mountain ranges during my stint in Arizona, […]

Whenever possible, try repairing instead of replacement

Whenever possible, try repairing instead of replacement

There’s a good chance that a lot of what we own will one day end up in a landfill  somewhere and take years to degrade (click here and here for tables on the amount of time).  I’ve often wondered about all of the e-waste that we produce on an annual basis.  What happens to the […]

Dismissing people only fuels anger

Dismissing people only fuels anger

After years of controversy, the Texas State Board of Education unanimously agreed to adopt a high school Mexican-American studies course, but then nine members voted to change its name from “Mexican-American Studies” to “Ethnic Studies: An Overview of Americans of Mexican Descent.”  While this might appear rather innocuous, the decision speaks to a much deeper […]

Inspire me

Inspire me

Imagine all of the exchanges that are taking place at any given moment around the globe as countless thoughts are shared in-person, over the phone, and online.  How many do you estimate are truly meaningful to the people having them?  I know, what constitutes “meaningful” is totally subjective.  Also, the emotional or social gravity will […]

Intuition or reason?

Intuition or reason?

A colleague and I enrolled in a continuing education class at Rice University called Democracy and Disagreement this semester as an extension of our work with the Center for Civic Engagement.  Part of what attracted me to it is Dr. Elizabeth Barre’s interdisciplinary approach, which encompasses other important fields such as psychology and biology.  One […]

Trust me, you bear some responsibility

Trust me, you bear some responsibility

Insecurity is a poison that kills human relationships.  I wish that more people grasped this fact and those who struggle with it had the courage to examine the person they’ve become.  As complex emotional creatures, most of us have felt unsure of ourselves at some point just like we’re inclined to occasionally feel angry or […]

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

Dissent: Political punk from the Badlands

Even in the punk scene, thoughtful idealism can be really hard to come by.  The day I found Dissent’s self-titled LP (1988) at Toad Hall in Rockford, Illinois, I discovered a great record that originated in one of the most unexpected of places.  Without question, I connect with the band’s leftist political consciousness and I […]