Cowboy/Dancer/Whatever

This week I thought I would share another personal essay from Hollins. We were prompted to write about technology and had to choose between television, computers, and a third option that I don't remember, perhaps our phones. I chose to write about my television at home in Wyoming. Regularly working with footnotes in the history…

Women of Grass

Today is my mother's birthday! In honor of her birthday, I am sharing an essay I wrote while in Hollins that touched on our relationship. I do wish that I had a better throwback to share- ha! This was a period of growing pains for me and my family, as I struggled with what my…

Reflecting on Of Marbles to Bears

A photo I took in Love Library Last week I posted my personal essay, Of Marbles to Bears, which I wrote for a creative non-fiction class the fall of 2010 my Junior year at Hollins. The assignment was to choose your favorite word and then write an essay structured with an opening anecdote, an examination…

Family Friday: Fallen Comrade

Shabbat Shalom! The summer of 2013 my cousin Weston set me up with an Instagram. I was turning 23 that summer, he had already turned 13 so I could count on him to help keep me with it. Typical to most interactions like this, he soon stopped using his with his first profile deleted and…

In Transit

Out of April and back to short stories and personal essays. This short story is one that I wrote while studying abroad in London and taking a creative writing class at London Met. My creative writing class was concerned about "place." This short story bent that theme as far as I could take it by…

Family Friday: Point, Click, Shoot

    I am constantly grateful that Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard took up the hobby of photography. Her images of the prairie, the monuments she placed, her home, and friends help to give life to my research. Her black and white images of the prairie are often poetic, while her images of people feature prominent…