Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

I recently went back to Indiana to visit my family. It was weird being back in the boonies. Good weird, but also so different than the D.C. area. For two nights, I stayed at my aunt's house tucked between two corn fields. When I went to bed, I noticed my aunt left all the windows… Continue reading Is A Rural Life Right For You? 4 Questions To Answer Honestly

My Story Was Published!

"Why didn't you tell me you had a story in The Democrat?" my dad asked over the phone as I stood in my childhood bedroom. "Right, I forgot to mention that," I said. "I didn't know when it was coming out. Is it in the paper?" A smile spread across my face. I had submitted… Continue reading My Story Was Published!

Am I the Only One Who Hates Going to Whole Foods?

This is a rhetorical question—my fiancĂ©e also hates going to Whole Foods. But seriously, do other people get annoyed? Whole Foods calls itself "America's Healthiest Grocery Store." Are there health benefits to smelling lavender and patchouli as you wander around searching for cage-free farm-to-table sun-warmed unbleached brown eggs? Must be. But the prices. I know there's… Continue reading Am I the Only One Who Hates Going to Whole Foods?

Guess How Much a House with No Roof or Floor Costs in my D.C. Neighborhood

There is a rowhouse in my neighborhood that has no roof. It looks nice and normal from the front, but from the back, it's completely bare. A few months ago, Joey was walking our dog and noticed a For Sale sign had been posted in the front lawn. We had to investigate. We live in a… Continue reading Guess How Much a House with No Roof or Floor Costs in my D.C. Neighborhood

A Trip to Indiana Reminds Me of My Roots

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I flew to the Midwest. I had mixed feelings as the plane glided over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My family lived very differently than me, with guns and woods and multiple cars per person. But I had also just finished a book, Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War,… Continue reading A Trip to Indiana Reminds Me of My Roots