Personal Essay

I Kneel to Stand

Kneel to Stand Right and wrong.  Love and hate. Respect and intolerance.   Make a choice. Speak despite fear. Take a stand.   I stand with Nike. I stand with Kap. Black Lives Matter.

Dealing with PTSD

This blog post isn’t for everyone and it isn’t for attention. The sole purpose of this blog is to reach anyone else who may be going through something similar and could benefit from knowing that they aren’t alone in this fight of theirs.  I’ve been reliving a childhood trauma on a pretty consistent basis for...

The Red-Hatted League

There has been a lot of blame going around the United States this past year over our dumpster fire of a political climate. Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. “Illegal” Immigrants. Voters. Those who chose NOT to vote. The GOP. The DNC. Refugees. Anthem kneelers. Tiki carriers. Angry teenagers. Angry coal miners. Protesters. Counter-protesters. That’s...

Pride of Doing

I’ve always been a dreamer. And for all of my life that I can remember, I have dreamt of being a “published author.” When I was little, I just knew I wanted to tell stories and write but by the time I was in the third grade, the words published author were my two favorites....

Acceptance

I’m beginning to realize that I’ve always let people mistreat me, even from my very first relationship in college. My mom once said to me during this time that she thought it was lucky I ended up with someone who treated me so well; she always figured my low self-esteem would lead me to finding...

42

Why is it that we count our years of age, anyway? I mean we know our birthdate. D’uh. We have a birth certificate and crap. And we can celebrate on the anniversary of that date every year, if we like — there’s no sense not having a party with cake and ice cream. But why...

Something Wicked This Way Comes

I recently decided that to was time for me to read “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. I say recently because I started reading the book on Saturday the Second. So, like a week and a half ago. I bought the book in early 2015. So, like two years ago. I first decided...

Taking Patriotism Back!

I am done with you whiny little bitches. I am done with the idea that conservatives or Republicans have a fucking monopoly on patriotism. I’m fucking taking patriotism back! You know who isn’t a US patriot? Someone who flies the Confederate flag. The Civil War was over 150 years ago and you lost. Let me...

Year Forty and One

So, I’ve been forty-one for a couple of months now and I would’ve thought that I’d hate it. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t love the number, but now that I’m realizing how much of my response to that number comes from what men have told me (men who have decided that they’re still...

Bernt Out

I need to talk about something that recently came to my attention. It’s the text of an essay written in 1972 by Bernie Sanders in the Vermont Freeman, an alternative newspaper.  I think it is beyond important to note the following things when reading the entirety of this essay: — This essay was published in...