The Importance of Stories

I love stories: my stories, my grandmother’s stories, strangers’ stories. To me, it is difficult for a story to be inherently boring. That’s what I love about them. Even the most mundane events can be made interesting by a good storyteller. I’d like to be a good storyteller someday. Whether you realize it or not,…

Self Respect

Self Respect. It means different things to different to people. But ultimately, it’s about people’s relationships with themselves. Each individual person determines what self-respect looks like for themself and no one else. Self-respect isn’t always seen this way, though. Too often people are told to “have some self respect.” Too often respect is confused with…

The Thing All Women Do That You Don’t Know About

Originally posted on Drifting Through:
image: Shutterstock There’s this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women’s issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Aren’t there more important things to worry about? Is this really that big of a deal? Aren’t you being overly sensitive? Are…

Saint Lucia: Castries Market

This March break, I found myself in Saint Lucia for an entire week. This is the second year my family has gone to the Caribbean, and I would be very happy if we went for the rest of my life. Last year we went to Jamaica, which is a whole other ballpark, compared to Saint…

Neutrality in Situations of Injustice

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it actually takes to create social change, because it’s certainly not easy. Part of the challenge comes from the fact that people don’t always understand or want to hear about how their actions can negatively affect other people. When talking about social issues, people can take offense…

“You’ve Changed” And Why That’s Not Always A Bad Thing

  People will often fall in and out of your life at different times. Sometimes this is because of conflict or distance, and sometimes it’s because people’s personalities have changed. Sometimes changes in your personality can happen over a few years, sometimes over a few months. It can be hard to see a person’s personality…

Capital Punishment (And Whether It Should Still Exist In America)

On June 17th, 2015 9 people were murdered in a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The massacre was rightfully deemed a hate crime; the killer, Dylann Roof, identified himself as a white supremacist and explicitly stated that he’d hoped to start a race war. After almost a year and a half,…