I have a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a Masters Degree in Cultural Anthropology emphasizing Medical Anthropology. These subjects led me to conduct children’s health seminars and anthropometry studies of Maya children in the Guatemala Highlands of San Martin Chiquito.
As a Professor of Anthropology, and Certified Nutritional Consultant, I have taught Cultural Anthropology, Culture and Food, and the Anthropology of the Southern California Indians. I have researched, studied, and traveled in Italy at the Gusto-Lab of Food Science, where I took cooking classes as well. In association with Gusto-Lab, I participated in a World Food Panel at the United Nations conference in Rome. I have researched at the National Archives in Madrid, Spain. In 2019, I returned to Seville, Spain to the Archivos de Las Indias to research my father’s ancestors, who were the first Spanish explorers and colonizers of early California.
Though I have seven children, I have worked in the public sector as an Administrator, CEO, Professor of Anthropology, writer and historical researcher. Publications include children’s books, how-to, parenting, and op-ed pieces for major newspapers and historical publications and journals. I also blog.
My passion is education; and as a Professor of Anthropology and Certified Online Instructor, I have created a way for students of all ages to study cultures and Cultural Anthropology on this site. As a professor in the classroom, I have witnessed the influence of cultural knowledge in students’ lives and in their changing attitudes.
Students come to realize that all people tend to think their own culture is the best. This kind of attitude is called ethnocentrism. We all have behaviors, prejudices, and biases, which are related to enculturation over time. Studying culture shows us new and enlightened ways to judge our selves and investigate others. It helps us to understand why we behave as we do, and why others behave differently. It is all about understanding and respecting each other in the full context of who we are as individuals within a particular society.
Students and visitors learn that enculturation matters. Both culture and diversity are much more than skin color or being classified as a minority. The courses, presented in a Cultural Anthropology format, are valuable resources and are motivational tools for continuing education and lifelong learning. The courses illustrate how culture is a driving force and influence in every person’s life journey, no matter who they are or where they live.
In the future, I hope to include helpful courses for writing family histories, which will include individual’s cultural heritage as well as pedigree data.
Professor of Anthropology/Nutritional Consultant/Genealogy Researcher
Macrobiotics, Bio-therapy , Exercising, Cooking, Research, Baja California History, Genealogy
Movies I love:
The Songcatcher, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou,? The Help, Sara’s Key, Book Thief, Willow
Music I love:
Diana Krall, Henry Mancini, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, Moody Blues, Classical
Literature I love:
Bronte Family Books, 1066, Pillars of Fire, The Swerve, Guns, Germs and Steel, The Song of the Dodo and every book and/or scholarly articles written by Stephen Jay Gould, David Quammen, and Jared Diamond. The works of Will Durrant and Harry Crosby are also on my favorite list; and I like Robert Burns’ Scottish poetry, Henry David Thoreau’s works, and the Coplas de Jorge Manrique, translated by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
AAA (American Anthropological Association)
Association of Professional Genealogists
Western History Association
California Mission Studies Association
SAFN (Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition)
BTER (Bio-Therapy Education and Research, Irvine, California)
National Genealogical Society
National Geographic Society Genographic Project
Southern California Genealogical Society
NEA (National Education Association/Higher Education)
CTA (California Teacher’s Association/Higher Education)