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…

Sustained Silence: I’m Writing Again

I need to begin this by apologizing to our loyal readers, and also to Leanne, for my recent silence. I haven’t been as committed to my writing, but I can assure all of you that it was not because I lost interest. I simply didn’t know what to say. There were so many things I wanted to address – going back to school, various political events, my inability to focus on my homework – but every time I tried to write my tongue felt like it was tied in knots.…

Fear of Change: Escape Your Comfort Zone

Fear often dominates our lives, and for good reason; a lot of the things we fear are scary because they can kill us. Spiders, snakes, alligators, the list goes on and on. We fear other things – like school, work, and change – for reasons that are not so clear. I’ll be honest, I’m terrified of change, and that fear is what ended up making my depression so much worse to deal with. When someone loses a leg and has to use a prosthetic replacement, it takes a lot of time…

American Attitudes

I’ll start off today with a hypothetical situation. Let’s say you’re a die-hard Miami Dolphins fan, and you strongly believe that any self-respecting American should feel the same way. You love your team, and you want them to win. On your way to the Dolphins-Patriots game, you see a group of Pats fans standing on a street corner outside the stadium, minding their own business and wearing those ugly Tom Brady jerseys. You already hate the Patriots enough, but this is just too much, so you roll down your window…

Anxiety Along for the Ride: Vacation

So I’m currently at a resort, on vacation, having a good time. Yesterday I packed my bag, drove five hours on crowded highways, and finally arrived at my destination. Oh, and before I left, I thought I was going to throw up. Anxiety is super fun. I was stressed out about going on vacation. Sounds silly, right? Vacations are all about relaxation, who could possibly get stressed about those? Well, I specialize in the impossible, people. I am quite capable of getting anxious over a vacation, though it has been…

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…

Helping Hands: Making the Difference

I know I usually write really long articles, but I’m going to avoid doing that today. I think keeping it short and sweet will help me get my point across. Hopefully a shorter article will be helping my readers as well. Sleepless Nights So, I don’t sleep very well some nights. That’s probably not much of a surprise. I certainly wasn’t surprised when I found myself unable to fall asleep last night (I had taken a nap after work that probably messed up my sleep cycle), but I was surprised…