Remembering my grandma three years after her death
People say I have my grandmother’s eyes.
Hers were hazel, with a ring of gold circling her pupils. Mine are much the same. When they catch enough light, they appear moss-green — like the forest surrounding the place I grew up in…
On August 20th, 2014, renowned atheist author and ethologist Richard Dawkins told a woman on Twitter she ought to hypothetically abort in the case her child happened to have Down Syndrome. More specifically, he told her it would be immoral for her to keep the baby. …
Surprising sayings and their Biblical roots
There is no doubt much of North America is increasingly secular.
The remarkable life of Princess Alice of Battenberg
The royal wedding of then Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten on November 20th, 1947 at the Westminster Abbey in London was a festive day marked by grand celebrations.
Abuse scandals have shattered the image of the world-famous church
CW: Please be advised this article deals with issues of sexual assault and abuse. USA helplines for victims of assault are located at the bottom of this essay.
Like any other twenty-first-century kid raised in an evangelical Christian household —…
The cruel inhumanity of the death penalty
On October 5th, 2021, a 61-year-old mentally disabled man named Ernest Lee Johnson was executed. He was convicted of killing three people during a 1994 convenience store robbery in Columbia, Missouri, after which he was placed in a Bonne Terre prison.
Some social manners and customs expected of high society
The Victorian era—the period of time from 1820 to 1914 marked by Queen Victoria’s rule over the British Empire — is often remembered for a strict observance to social rules and customs.
Indeed, Victorian societies were divided into strict social classes…
I was recently scrolling through Instagram when an alarming post by one of my favorite YouTube channels, SBSK, or Special Books by Special Kids, caught my eye.
For context, SBSK is a YouTube channel founded in 2016 by special education teacher Chris Ulmer and Alyssa Porter. According to their website…
What I’ve learned since
The first time I was harassed, I was barely thirteen.
Standing outside the grocery store where my dad was helping my grandma choose some things to bring back to her apartment, I waited with our new puppy on the sidewalk. …
A reading list with books students can learn from and enjoy
For most students, reading required books for school has become an unfortunate and often dreaded chore.
I don’t know what it is about some high school English teachers and professors assigning awful books for coursework, but it seems to…