Ahhh 2017. It’s good to be here.

Hello!

It’s been just over 3 years since I last blogged. In that time, I’ve gotten married, gone on an epic month-long honeymoon through East and Southern Africa, started a graduate program (yes, after stating that I was done with my formal education), and moved multiple times. Oh, and I’ve changed my name.

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Our wedding day (Memorial Day Weekend 2015)

What can I say? I needed to draw back and rethink how I wanted to engage online. Ethical content creators face an immense responsibility in a time when dis- and mis-information abounds such that even the labels used to talk about it (e.g. “fake news”) lack specificity and are easily co-opted by those who flourish in a “post-truth” and “post-fact” information economy.

I am not greatly changed since the last time I wrote here. I still love my comma splices and Oxford commas. A major change is this: I am a PhD student now (yes, after swearing that I was done after my MA degree). My research emphasis has actually shifted from biopolitical border regimes (refugee resettlement, statelessness) to biopolitical regimes in healthcare, with especial emphasis on health, health citizenship, (bio)medicalization, and the medicalization of disability.

I still love food, and I’ve been delving more into recipe development and food photography. Below is a photograph I took of my Red Cabbage Slaw- a deliciously summery vegan/vegetarian dish that pairs well with barbecued meats or vegetables.

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Red Cabbage Slaw – a recipe I developed in Summer 2016

I remain an avid gardener (organic gardening!), and the list of food crops I grew in my yard includes (but is not limited to): bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, onions, kale, brussels sprouts, basil, red potatoes green beans (Blue Lake and Burgundy), cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and leeks. It is both communal and solitary, and it taps into my propensity for problem-solving. Blossom-end rot? Soil too basic? Birds eating all of my strawberries and raspberries? There’s no shortage of solutions to come up with.

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My garden plot in March 2016

Well, that’s all for now.

Best,
Arrianna

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