Family, Friends, and a Whole Lot of Guns

The other day I had an experience that was entirely new to me: I fired a gun. In America that’s not a very big deal, so I suppose that it’s a bit strange that it took me so long to check that one off of my bucket list. It’s not as if I was afraid to fire a gun, my family just doesn’t own any guns or go hunting, so I hadn’t really had a reason to fire one. However, since I’ve talked a bit about gun rights on this…

Conflict, Complacency, and a Nation Divided

So, the election happened. That’s not breaking news at this point, but it’s taken me several days to figure out what I wanted to say, or if I wanted to say anything at all. Hate is flowing like a river out of Democrats and Republicans alike, and I wondered if it might be a better choice to bite my tongue on this particular subject. However, given how much I have already talked about Mr. Trump, I feel that it is only fair that I respond to the results of our election.…

Making America Greater: Trump Rally #2

Last time I was at a Trump rally for a protest, I was on vacation in Orlando. This time, however, I went to protest because Donald Trump came to Tallahassee, leaving hate and anger in his wake. I didn’t know what to expect from Tallahassee, but I knew that it would be nothing like my previous protest in Kissimmee. Tallahassee has all kinds of people – everything from hyper-liberal college students to conservative country boys – and all kinds of political views to match. Tonight, those political views were on…

Confession: I’m Racist

  Allow me to clarify; I’m not a racist by the textbook definition. I don’t believe that one race is superior to another. However, it would be a blatant lie for me to claim that race has no effect on how I view others. I’m just like any other human, and I make sense of the world around me by dividing things into groups based on broad categories such as race, religion, gender, and so on. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that; it’s just human nature, but, as history often…

Ending Illiteracy

This my final installment of post on women’s illiteracy. For those of you who are new, a few weeks ago we began a discussion about illiteracy and how women make up a majority of that population, but also how educating women is the first step to ending poverty for many families. You can read the full post on women’s illiteracy here. Ultimately ending illiteracy is an important cause and many organizations are working for that exact goal. Last time, I shared some information about SHARE in Africa, an organization based in…

There’s More to Life Than Money

Before I went to Steak ‘n’ Shake and ate too much food last night, I went with Leanne to a class on college and financial aid. I’m glad I went; I learned a lot of stuff that I needed to know for college, but I couldn’t help getting distracted during the discussion. Something was bothering me, but I couldn’t quite place my finger on it. I realized what it was when I stopped to listen to some women behind me who were talking about their kids’ test scores. The SAT…

What is Guidance?

I’m going to take a break from women’s illiteracy today and just discuss a topic that has been a bit prominent in the past few weeks.         Lighthouses will guide you to land, but who guides our youth to safety? Teenagers have so much on their plates, especially high school students. Every day, we work towards securing our futures- going to school, taking standardized test, playing sports. Every second of every day is filled to the top with something. That is stressful by itself. Now lets add…

Political Correctness vs. The Donald

It seems like saying “political correctness” at the Republican National Convention is akin to cursing. Donald Trump and his followers treat political correctness as if it is the foundation of everything that liberals stand for. Democrats are in the party of thin skin, made-up rules, and crybabies, while the GOP is the party of freedom, honesty, and “tellin’ it like it is”. The issue seems fairly trivial, but it has received a lot of attention from politicians and the general public alike, so it’s time we took a close look…

Which Lives Matter?

In the wake of several police shootings, the #BlackLivesMatter trend on social media has erupted once more, and for good reason. Several young black men were needlessly shot by police officers who had no motive to do so. Let’s not forget that Dylan Noble, a young white man, was also fatally shot by police. Not Up For Discussion I’m not going to talk about whether or not those officers had a right to shoot those men. They didn’t. Even if Alton Sterling had possessed a gun, there is no way…

Changing Lives: Women’s Illiteracy

Hey guys, I know social issues are usually Donovan’s domain and Thursday is my Changing Lives day, but let me assure you that this post on women’s illiteracy is in the right place. Over the next few weeks I am going to be posting about service projects, charities, and fundraisers that all support ending illiteracy for women. Before I start sharing those, I thought that I would open your eyes to this problem we will soon start solving. Most of us in the U.S., especially those who are reading this…