On Jealousy.

Jealousy is a feeling we've all felt, and it's a hard one to shake. The idea that another person is better than us in any respect, or that someone else would be more well-suited to a certain situation? Well, that's a hard thing to get past. The thing I have to remind myself of is [...]

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On ‘Saving’ People.

Many of my decisions in life stem from the impulse to help people, or to fix their problems for them. Helping people is great, directing them is great. Fixing their problems for them? Not so great. That’s called enabling.   There's this weird dissonance to wanting to help people and knowing that enabling - in [...]

Small Good Things.

Right now, my mind is too full and fragmented to put many of my really intense feelings into words. I know for a fact that many of you reading feel this way as well. The world seems truly overwhelming, and what can we possibly do to cope with it? Better yet, to thrive in it? [...]

The Broken Woman

I recently did a project for my Women’s Literature class, analyzing how women in Appalachia are treated and the services that are available to them in terms of motherhood, domestic abuse, rape, and poverty. The results were disheartening, but at the end I realized that the women of this region possess a profound resilience that [...]

The Sweetheart Epidemic and RBF

“Hey sweetheart, this isn’t in a mug.” “Hey sweetheart, I know what you can get me.” “Hey sweetheart, when are you done serving these yuppies?” “Hey sweetheart, you should try to smile a little more, you look miserable.”   My name is not ‘sweetheart’. I have a name, and a voice, and a pretty damn [...]

On Acid and Good Music

Dating is a weird concept, you guys. It really is. Pick that person, go out with that person, awkwardly talk about your life, which you know so well but realize your date does not. You divulge information you didn’t realize you’d have to divulge, because you assume everyone knows, right? Where you were born, what [...]

Heads High!

I never thought the day would come when I would be genuinely frightened at the state of our country. There has been talk of government censorship of the media, which terrifies me in and of itself. Coupled with the evasive speech of big-name politicians, a cloud of uncertainty has tainted the nation. Right now, we [...]

What I Think About When I Should Be Sleeping

A late-night post from yours truly, cataloging thoughts that are currently zipping through my brain. Share what you think about while you should be sleeping! Let’s unite in our insomnia. Without further ado, I bring you 'What I Think About When I Should Be Sleeping' The song ‘Dreams’ by Fleetwood Mac (in lieu of real [...]

Ah! Distance!

I often find myself pulling away from social situations when I feel overwhelmed. There is something confusing and dissonant about being an introverted extravert, but I swear I am! I've said it time and again, I love people. But there is only so much I can take in before everything is too much and I [...]

Why Are We Afraid to Talk to Kids About Homosexuality?

Dang, I've had a lot to talk about this week! Making up for the month-long lack of posts, I guess! Something has been bothering me today. I saw a tweet from a girl who is gay that said her parents made her change the television because it was 'inappropriate' for her younger sibling. Because there [...]