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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Humor As A Coping Mechanism!

It's a Wednesday! I swear I'll get back on schedule sometime. But now is not that time. Now is the time that I get to talk at you on a Wednesday. Like most people with deep-rooted (often concealed) anxiety, I use humor as a coping/defense mechanism in the face of any icky situations. It's just [...]

Everyone Is Offended

Happy Wednesday. We're gonna talk today. Right now, I attend community college. One of my classes is a mandatory, sort of self-actualization, sort of career-planning class. In this class today, we talked about diversity. Diversity: The beautiful thing that makes the world interesting. Except apparently not everyone thinks so, as our discussion proved. Our lesson [...]

Photos and Faces

People are important to me. Let's take a journey through some people I've photographed and why. My brother Sean is one of my favorite subjects. Mostly because he's always around and down to be photographed. But the freckles don't hurt, huh? This is the first shot I took of anyone with the half-face, black background. [...]