Since Trump was elected in November 2016, pundits, scholars and the press have been tirelessly trying to understand how this non-conventional political candidate was elected. There have been hundreds of articles written and commentaries given about “studying” the Trump voter, as if they are an exotic “other,” operating on the fringes subject to examination and assessment.
When Anthony Bourdain died on June 8, he left a world in mourning and questions about what may have caused such a tragedy to occur. But instead of focusing on the way he died or what may have plagued him at the end, we would do better justice to Bourdain and his legacy by embracing one of the guiding principles that was present through his daily work: going to parts unknown and getting to know “the other.”
When I moved to Terre Haute from Southern California nearly two years ago, I had many expectations. I expected I would love the abundance of greenery and landscape. I expected to appreciate the friendliness of the Midwest community. And I expected to love the four seasons. What I did not expect, however, was that I would fall in love with running, and how running throughout the seasons would become a life-changing experience.
I used to say I’d never move to a red state. And then I did. And it’s changed my life for the better.