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
"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!
After my first full year of teaching, I took a 40% pay cut to move from New Orleans back to my hometown in Indiana. When I arrived, I was met with a pay freeze that lasted the entirety of my time there. No one goes into teaching to become rich. As an incoming teacher, I understood I wasn’t going to make a fortune. But after a few years of climbing the salary schedule, I anticipated being able to afford the profession. With the salary freeze, my wage remained as though I was still a first-year teacher—for six years. Instead of climbing the ladder to match my level of experience at around $42,000, I never broke $34,000 per year.
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
I am finally ready to share my story. So welcome to my revamped blog. I recently gained confidence that my story is worth telling after finishing my thesis for my Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction (I graduated last week!). See, I am from conservative Indiana. Yet for the past six years, I have… Continue reading Leaving the Midwest