Running Anthropology

Views from the ANThill
by douglas reeser on December 30, 2014

Running can lead to bonding with other runners and the community through which you run.
Photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore
If the number of people running races is any indication, the act of running continues to grow in popularity in the U.S. According to the State of the Sport by Running USA, "Over the past 20 years, every year, except 2003, set a new high in the number of finishers in U.S. running events." In 2012, there were a record 15,534,000 race finishers and a record 26,370 running events in the U.S. alone." That's 5% of the U.S. population that finished a race, and the actual number of runners in the U.S. would far surpass this percentage, as not every runner competes in a race. Clearly, running is quite popular in the U.S., and with the continued surge in the sport that really gained mainstream acceptance in the 1960s there has been a subsequent rise of a running culture.


November 1, 2014
Recycled Minds is on an indefinite hiatus. Thanks to all who have read and participated in what we have done here.

Student Loans and Life Post-Graduate-School

Is Recycled Minds back from the dead? Am I? Or is student debt going to
bury me?
Picture: "Dance of Death" by Michael Wolgemut
Views from the ANThill
by douglas carl reeser on May 13, 2014

Back from the dead?


It's been a while since I or anyone else has written here for Recycled Minds - 6 months to be exact. And it's a shame really. We had a pretty good thing going, with a growing interest in guest contributions, and the inspiring evolution of our Picture Show, which was gaining the attention of artists and photographers from around the globe. The site was the product of organic growth combined with the labor of love, and since 2005 had gained a small but regular following.

Last fall, however, our core group of editors hit a series of transitions and life changes and Recycled Minds took a back seat to greater demands. I took a position 1500 miles away, while at the same time attempting to focus in on the completion of my dissertation. So while my writing here slowed down to a halt, I was reading and writing non-stop for months, first to get a draft done, and finally to complete what turned out to be a book-length manuscript about health care and the neoliberal State in Belize.

Proud To Be: a Native Ad for the SuperBowl

February 1, 2014

The National Congress of American Indians has just released this commercial, that for a variety reasons, will never air during the "Big Game" this Sunday night. The fight to change the name of the Washington Redskins, the professional football team in the nation's capital, was renewed this past year, but so far, ignorance has largely fueled the resistance to change. Help get this side of the argument heard and share this video widely.

And for more details about the legacy of offensive sports mascots and team names, check out the report from October 2013 put out by the National Congress of American Indians: Ending the Legacy of Racism in Sports and the Era of Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots.

First Friday Picture Show: Born Under a Bad Sign ~ Paintings by Kevin Margitich

Recycled Minds Picture Show
by Kevin Margitich on January 3, 2014

"Born from Lions" 24" x 24"
 As curator of the Recycled Minds Picture Show and an artist, I never planned to show my work on the site. This is the second time, though, and this time, the following paintings also comprise my December exhibit at Bogart Court in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I titled this show Born Under a Bad Sign. It may seem like an unlikely title to those close to me since my son was born this past year.

Animal heads, arrows, skulls, hex signs, sketches, silhouettes, bird nests. This exhibit talks about myth and folklore, birth and death, and family. That is my description of this body of work. The artwork is very minimal. I tend to paint a single object with no background other than a single color or a backdrop of stained wood. The titles of each piece are usually lines from my favorite books or album titles. Over the years, I have said that there is no hidden agenda in my work. I paint the hunted animal in fragile states. These images are simply what I find beautiful in the world.

Happy New Year!

"Sorrow Floats" 16" x 30"
"Witch Hunt" 6" x 6"