Can I Be Sad?

I feel guilty grieving. Granted, I feel guilty about most things. It's just who I am. I never want to inconvenience someone or claim what isn't mine. And a lot of the time, I feel like grief belongs to those closest to the deceased. And I've always hated that word—deceased. It reduces the whole person [...]

Be an Academic

Your eyes ain't lyin'—Writing Wednesday is back. It's been well over a year since my last installment and man, have I missed being bossy about words. It's not that I haven't had anything to write about. I think about this stuff all the time. At the grocery store, sitting in church, listening to music (some lyrics fail [...]

Italy: The Jerks

Full disclosure: I had every intention of this installment being about our first actual stop, but as I began writing the story of this customs encounter, it became a whole thing and I can't bring myself to trim. As always, your patience is appreciated. And I do mean patience. Because I realized the other day that we're [...]

Return of the Mack

It's been a minute. And by a minute, I mean nearly two months. For that, I apologize—but the break wasn't for nothing. I needed to take some time to remember why I started blogging in the first place and rethink what I want to accomplish with these posts / how I can make the whole [...]

Sister, Sister

In case you weren't sure, I was in a sorority in college. If upon reading that sentence, your mind raced toward one of the million available stereotypes, please know it's probably wrong. As a high school senior prepping for college, I had plenty of preconceived notions regarding Greek life—perfect hair, awesome parties, pillow fights every night. And [...]