Today is a big day at Harding University. Past and present students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender will have their voices heard in the form of a self-published zine distributed on the religiously and politically conservative Searcy, Arkansas campus. I was going to post this at the same time the physical copies of the zine would be distributed on the campus tonight, but the publication was leaked early, so quite a few people are already aware of its existence. But whether you’re a current or former student of Harding University or don’t even know where the heck Searcy, Arkansas is, you should check this zine out. While it focuses primarily on students experiences of being closeted and marginalized gays at a religiously fundamentalistic college in the South, there are still universal themes here to which all should pay attention. Read More
Three years ago today I returned from Europe after having spent the academic semester abroad. I have not been out of the country since. Some of my travels from that semester took me to very impoverished areas, and I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately since day by day I read through my journal I wrote while in Greece.
Travel is such an eye-opener in that it brings clarity unlike anything else can. Rooted out of our usual comfort zones, we can be hit full force by things like poverty. And it challenges our former preconceptions. This is a good thing. Read More
Please read this. It’s about the Nashville flood. I’m not usually one to publish a post back-to-back days, but this is not your everyday topic, either. As some of you know, I moved to Nashville back in May just one week after the flood hit. Since then I’ve started writing stories for a local nonprofit called Hope Force International. They’ve been heavily involved with the flood recovery efforts here and have also had a considerable presence in the Haitian community of Sous Savanne ever since the earthquake nearly a year ago. Read More