This year was Ball State Dance Marathon’s 11th year of fundraising “For The Kids” at Riley Hospital for children and happened to be my second year of fundraising as a member of the Hospitality committee.
Out of all of the organizations out there, a writers' workshop would be the one that I would least expect to discriminate against someone simply for the way that they look.
I read books about African-American stories and by African-American authors. It is often too easy to become comfortable in my privilege and to not be aware of what is happening to people because of their skin color.
2017 was a difficult year for most people, with tragedy sure to strike at any moment. At many times, it felt like the world was ending.
We found ourselves nestled into a Super 8 on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee next door to an all night jazz club that wasn’t going to stop playing music until 3 in the morning. This wasn’t how my mom and I expected to be spending Thanksgiving break together, but we were thankful for a place to sleep and time to spend together.