Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession

Wind whips along U.S. Route 160, a two-lane rural highway that stretches like an obsidian necklace across the sandstone hills and valleys of the Navajo Nation. Sand blows from one dusty shoulder to the other in long trails that twist and wriggle like ethereal snakes. A row of plywood booths is strung out from theContinue reading “Navajo Entrepreneurs Struggle to Rebound from Recession”

The Sum of Our Genes

Yesterday morning, I was an undergrad; today I am an alumnus of Northern Arizona University. The word itself — alumnus — comes from Latin, and respectable sources inform me that it derives from the verb alere, which literally means “to nourish.” I have been nourished, fed, and not just in my classes. I have beenContinue reading “The Sum of Our Genes”

An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson

“For the unexamined life is not worth living for men.” – Socrates During the first week of his classes, Dr. Joel Olson would hand out a pink sheet of paper outlining his theory of education. “Education is uncomfortable,” he said. “It makes you think about new things, challenges old beliefs, forces you to reevaluate theContinue reading “An Examined Life: In Memory of Dr. Joel Olson”