Bring on the Fall!

I truly love autumn in Michigan. Changing leaves, apples, sweaters, boots, that little bit of crispness in the early morning air, football, spicy chili and cornbread, my pumpkin spice cheesecake… I could go on. A major additional perk of fall: Not having to sweat to death, but also not having to bundle up in pesky […]

Open Letter to Betsy DeVos

I highly doubt she will ever read it, but in light of recent developments within the Department of  Education of which she is the head, I was compelled to at least voice my outrage. “Betsy DeVos… On February 16, 2003, while I was a senior at Grand Valley State University in Allendale Michigan, I was […]

Whose job is it to prevent rape?

As I have said on many occasions, I am a rape survivor. As in the vast majority of cases of college rape, my assailant was a “friend” (over 80 percent of sexual assaults are committed by acquaintances. Forty-seven percent of rapists are people that victims have identified as a friend or acquaintance, while 25% of […]

Random Randomness

I never imagined my life would be this way. In addition to The Dutiful Deaconess, I am also interested in publishing a manuscript I wrote about a young, single college-educated woman who is struggling to find her footing in the “real world” and establish her identity. The main character, Sabrina, is loosely–very loosely–based on my […]