National Poetry Month: let’s read, write and celebrate!

April is National Poetry Month and as a poet myself, I want to share some poems that I have written in the past few months. Poetry is something that is personal and impersonal at the same time. Poets are capable of writing about a specific incident in their lives while millions of people are stillContinue reading “National Poetry Month: let’s read, write and celebrate!”

Photo Story Friday: Lakeside Clarity

Bubbling beneath her feet, the cool waters of Lake Michigan rolled on and off the sandy shores. The waters had not always been this cold, but because of the especially cold winter the state of Michigan had made it through, there were still chilly remnants that had lasted into the month of July. The unexpectedContinue reading “Photo Story Friday: Lakeside Clarity”

Photo Story Friday: London Street Art

Alice Bernard, a French immigrant works the night shift at a local Boots pharmacy and by day, paints with chalk in Trafalgar square. Born and raised in France by a farmer and midwife, she never learned English. She has learned some basic phrases for her pharmacy job, but the job only requires Alice to restockContinue reading “Photo Story Friday: London Street Art”

Photo Story Friday: Summer Wedding People Watching

The mid-June Michigan heat beat down on Vivian as she sat behind the flowers near the party tent of her cousin Hannah’s wedding. This day had been a nightmare filled with relatives she hadn’t seen in over ten years, interactions with annoying cousins all while being forced to smile in family photos. With every cameraContinue reading “Photo Story Friday: Summer Wedding People Watching”

Photo Story Friday: Impatiently Waiting

Opening Note: “She”, as the narrator, remains unnamed throughout the entire story, along with her co-character, “He”. Neither one of these characters are real people, rather they are representations of emotion. Both of these characters represent the various views of passion, love, commitment and fear. They do not represent any actual people and should notContinue reading “Photo Story Friday: Impatiently Waiting”

Challenging traditional beliefs: being bisexual in the Christian Church

Church communities have been changing greatly since the beginning of the 21st century. Traditional views have continually been challenged by many individuals about what the Bible says regarding controversial issues, especially the LGBTQ+ community. Churches have not come to a standard agreement about how to incorporate these individuals. Some churches have welcomed conversation, while othersContinue reading “Challenging traditional beliefs: being bisexual in the Christian Church”

Not Just for Teens: Social Media and Mental Health

Social media is a useful tool that connects people all around the globe. It allows individuals to talk, video-chat, text, and share information with others no matter where they are in the world. Social media is a priceless tool. However, all who use it do often end up paying a price. We hear today thatContinue reading “Not Just for Teens: Social Media and Mental Health”

Photo Story Friday: Pumpkin Picking

Friendly Reminder: This story is completely fictional. However, it is based off of a collaboration of my friends’ experiences along with my own. No character is to be an exact portrayal of a real person. The messages went something like this: “Hey how’s your day?” “Not too bad, thinking about you.” “I’m excited for Saturday,Continue reading “Photo Story Friday: Pumpkin Picking”

Photo Story Friday: City Poems

Warning: the following story and poems may trigger people who have had experiences with mental illness. I don’t mean to scare or shame these people. I want everyone to know that it is okay to let people in and seek help if you are struggling. In this story, Jane’s mom makes a smart decision. SheContinue reading “Photo Story Friday: City Poems”

COVID-19 Mental Health Check

We’re eight months into a global pandemic and many things have drastically changed in all of our lives. From politics, to physical health, to job security, there has been an endless list of worries that have clouded our minds. However, there is one issue in particular that we have seemingly swept under the rug. MentalContinue reading “COVID-19 Mental Health Check”

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