Essays

The Convert Monologues

Everyone loves a convert — I mean, as long as they convert to your "side," right? Well, probably. For everyone else, it's an unfathomable treason. I read a memoir recently by a woman named Rosaria Butterfield entitled Confessions of an Unlikely Convert. She tells her story of being a lesbian women's studies and English professor for years… Continue reading The Convert Monologues

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New Literature of the Counter Culture

Paul Joseph Watson, a popular conservative YouTube personality, recently claimed and hashtagged the idea that "conservatism is the new counter culture" — and he's not wrong. The "counter culture," according to Collins English Dictionary, is defined as "an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm." What's the social norm today? Liberalism. Globalism. Progressivism… Continue reading New Literature of the Counter Culture

A Manifesto

So here's where I'm at: I just moved into the Tiny House that my husband I built over the course of two years. Parts of it are still works in progress, but who's home isn't? We live in a rural area of coastal Virginia, surrounded by horses, bean fields, and a wildlife refuge. I've always… Continue reading A Manifesto

Putting Faces to Names

Those who puts themselves "out there" in a public sphere must share at least one concern — identity. In other words, Who You Are and What You Represent. In a less existential way, we may also share the more practical concern of "what if someone out there knows me?" To those who do make-up tutorials on YouTube… Continue reading Putting Faces to Names

#OneMonthOneStory

So you've heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) — what about #OneMonthOneStory? Probably not — I just made it up. (It'll be a hashtag sensation, soon, just wait.) As some of us may know, NaNoWriMo can be brutal and life gets busy. After a few years of trying, I think it's time to admit… Continue reading #OneMonthOneStory