birding, everything, personal blogging, writing

Black Lives Matter

Black lives matter. And yes, I typically write about birds, but I’m finding it really hard to think about birding and happier times spent birding, when I know people are dying because of the color of their skin. Because people are still racist. Because they haven’t confronted their own privilege and how white supremacy makes… Continue reading Black Lives Matter

everything, poetry, writing

The Bubble of Ignorance – Part 2

Okay, firstly, I hadn't intended on publishing something twice in a row. This is my 100th post, and it's not what I envisioned sharing. But this is the world we live in now, and I can't make happy, woo, cutesy posts when our world is continuing to face terrible acts of injustice, murder, and hatred.… Continue reading The Bubble of Ignorance – Part 2

Hand to God was a surprise hit in New York, but, more than that, it is a reflection of a dark and disturbing time in America. Random violence is at an all-time high. Presidential politics are reduced to schoolyard behavior. A loss of faith and civility dominate the social landscape. More often than not, fear causes us to lash out in our grief instead of seeking out the help needed for healing. Pressure leads us to bad behavior and unhealthy habits. The constant hate and violence that we witness causes us to search for a scapegoat. Hand to God asks the question: "Is the devil to blame?" But it also, perhaps more importantly, forces us to ask ourselves: "How do we share the blame?" - Bryan Fonseca, Producer
everything, writing

Enough

It's been a long while since I've posted anything on here. I'm so sorry. It's been a busy several months, but once again I find myself horrified and nearly speechless at the actions of others. I just don't know what to think. I'm not going to talk about guns (though something needs to change) or… Continue reading Enough

everything

The Bubble of Ignorance

This is a post I wrote after a particularly public beheading. I started it in February of this year. I haven't published it because I've been scared to. I don't usually share my political opinions on social media, and to be honest, I'm scared of the backlash. On social media, I've been silent on the… Continue reading The Bubble of Ignorance

everything

Thoughts: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

As is detailed in this post, Daniel and I were given the chance to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with our Little, Ryan. Below are my thoughts on the show. It had been years since I last saw a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Back then, I was still in my early teenage years and… Continue reading Thoughts: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

everything

On Understanding

This post has been in the works for some time. However, I attended Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at my university Monday and listened to a fantastic keynote speaker before the service started. He stressed that we should think about making every day a service day and to serve others beyond a few… Continue reading On Understanding

everything

Motivation in Goal-Making

I came across this blog post recently, and I thought I would share it here. The coach believes goals should be something that isn't exactly tangible. They should be something that you value and want out of yourself. His points: When I am working with people, I ask them hard questions not only to find… Continue reading Motivation in Goal-Making

everything

My Year in Review: 2014

2014 was quite an interesting and jam-packed year for me. Here's some of what I did (in no particular order): I got married. I graduated college. I started working at a job that will lead me to my future career as a librarian. I joined a sorority. I completed the 100 Happy Days challenge. I… Continue reading My Year in Review: 2014

everything

On Turning Twenty-One

I turned 21 this year, and I think the experience was different for me than it was for a lot of my peers. After starting at university at 15 and graduating at 20, I felt like I have been 21 for a long time. All of my friends are in their mid-twenties at this point,… Continue reading On Turning Twenty-One

everything

The End of NaNoWriMo 2014

A few weeks ago, I posted that I was beginning my journey through National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) for the first time, and I am happy to report that I won! Winning means that I wrote 50,000 words towards a novel, and I did it. The story isn't complete, and I will probably get rid… Continue reading The End of NaNoWriMo 2014