David Rymph

David has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, spending his professional career in public service, working at every level of government, including municipal urban planning agencies, a regional mental health provider, a state level research center on life in Appalachia, and 20 years in federal service working for the Peace Corps, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For several years, David was an active leader in the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Since retiring in 2003, David has lived in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife Dr. Linda Little, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. During that time, he continued his public service by focusing on the problem of affordable housing, first as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, then as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Jefferson County, as Chair of HAPN (the Housing Action Plan Network, a city task force on affordable housing) and now as a Commissioner for the Peninsula Housing Authority serving both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. David is an active member of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. A central tenet of his faith is a belief that this year the Seattle Mariners will make the playoffs
David has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, spending his professional career in public service, working at every level of government, including municipal urban planning agencies, a regional mental health provider, a state level research center on life in Appalachia, and 20 years in federal service working for the Peace Corps, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For several years, David was an active leader in the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Since retiring in 2003, David has lived in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife Dr. Linda Little, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. During that time, he continued his public service by focusing on the problem of affordable housing, first as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, then as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Jefferson County, as Chair of HAPN (the Housing Action Plan Network, a city task force on affordable housing) and now as a Commissioner for the Peninsula Housing Authority serving both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. David is an active member of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. A central tenet of his faith is a belief that this year the Seattle Mariners will make the playoffs
The Anthropology of Aging

With this blog I am hoping to provide a comparative perspective on aging, using my own experiences, my research and the work of others on the anthropology of aging. I plan to explore how other cultures approach the task of growing old, the statuses and roles of older members in non-Western societies, and ultimately, ho......... more »

David has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, spending his professional career in public service, working at every level of government, including municipal urban planning agencies, a regional mental health provider, a state level research center on life in Appalachia, and 20 years in federal service working for the Peace Corps, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For several years, David was an active leader in the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Since retiring in 2003, David has lived in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife Dr. Linda Little, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. During that time, he continued his public service by focusing on the problem of affordable housing, first as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, then as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Jefferson County, as Chair of HAPN (the Housing Action Plan Network, a city task force on affordable housing) and now as a Commissioner for the Peninsula Housing Authority serving both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. David is an active member of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. A central tenet of his faith is a belief that this year the Seattle Mariners will make the playoffs
Fitbits On the Amazon

I was reminded of the importance of daily exercise when I read the article titled "Heart Healthy on the Amazon" (NY Times, April 6, 2017). An article by the Times regular writer on fitness Gretchen Reynolds summarized an anthropological study of the Tsimane people, a group of subsistence hunters and farmers living deep......... more »

David has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, spending his professional career in public service, working at every level of government, including municipal urban planning agencies, a regional mental health provider, a state level research center on life in Appalachia, and 20 years in federal service working for the Peace Corps, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For several years, David was an active leader in the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Since retiring in 2003, David has lived in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife Dr. Linda Little, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. During that time, he continued his public service by focusing on the problem of affordable housing, first as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, then as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Jefferson County, as Chair of HAPN (the Housing Action Plan Network, a city task force on affordable housing) and now as a Commissioner for the Peninsula Housing Authority serving both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. David is an active member of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. A central tenet of his faith is a belief that this year the Seattle Mariners will make the playoffs
The Anthropology of Aging: Biking Across Kansas

“Miles later and the heat is just ferocious. Sunglasses and goggles are not enough for this glare. You need a welder’s mask.” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) by Robert M. Pirsig.   In our culture, as we grow older the process of negotiating transitions with ourselves and others is a cons......... more »

David has a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, spending his professional career in public service, working at every level of government, including municipal urban planning agencies, a regional mental health provider, a state level research center on life in Appalachia, and 20 years in federal service working for the Peace Corps, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For several years, David was an active leader in the Society for Applied Anthropology and the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Since retiring in 2003, David has lived in Port Townsend, Washington with his wife Dr. Linda Little, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist. During that time, he continued his public service by focusing on the problem of affordable housing, first as a member of the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, then as a Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Jefferson County, as Chair of HAPN (the Housing Action Plan Network, a city task force on affordable housing) and now as a Commissioner for the Peninsula Housing Authority serving both Clallam and Jefferson Counties. David is an active member of the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. A central tenet of his faith is a belief that this year the Seattle Mariners will make the playoffs
We Are Not Meant to Live Isolated Lives

For most of human history, homo sapiens lived in small bands, towns, and villages.  Always there were several generations under one roof, be that roof a hard rock cave ceiling, palm thatch, tanned buffalo hides, or fired tiles.  Even with the advent of agriculture a littleover 10,000 years ago and the rise of industr......... more »

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