What Is the 4th of July to Me?

The 4th of July, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America from Britain, has always been fraught with ambivalence for me. On the one hand, it holds many great memories I’ve had with my family over the years and newly created ones. And on the other hand, much of the meaning and representation of this holiday is lies, … Continue reading What Is the 4th of July to Me?

Trauma, Forgiveness, and Moving Forward

Last Wednesday was rough for me, but honestly, it always is. Not Wednesdays, but it was March 5th, the 19th anniversary of the shooting that happened at my high school. I knew it was coming, I always do. It never surprises me. I tried to get myself mentally prepared for it and I can usually get through the day relatively unscathed if I stay off … Continue reading Trauma, Forgiveness, and Moving Forward