Keila Diehl Blog'S ARCHIVE

  • An anthropologist went to a town hall meeting at Lakeshore Baptist Church and experienced her first encounter with the Chief of Police of a major American city. Impossibly shiny black shoes, crisp black uniform, four gold stars on each collar, gun, broad stance, hands on hips, red granny glasses. Overheard saying, ‘I love my Mama, […]

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  • A biologist and an anthropologist sat down to talk about coffee, and the conversation spread out in ever larger circles from its starting point under a palm tree: the popular Anfilo Ethiopian coffee tent at the Grand Lake Farmers Market, where customers “come in, sit down, chat, and move on.” (Spoiler: there is no “to go” […]

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  • On Valentine’s Day, let’s pause to say How much we love the shops we frequent every day. Our neighborhood merchants bring us gifts, coffee, flowers, and bread, Shoes, books, smoothies, yoga, and hipster threads. Thanks for everything you do. Merchants of Grand and Lakeshore Avenues We love you! xxx      

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  • A sociologist and an anthropologist sat down to talk about retail, and the conversation inevitably spread out in ever larger circles from its starting point: the imminent closure of the colorful Collage Clothing Lounge at 3344 Lakeshore Ave. This sad kernel of a recent conversation between me and Collage owner/sociology major, Amanda Robinson, jumped quickly […]

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