Words

“There are moments that the words don’t reach. There is suffering too terrible to name.” -Lin Manuel Miranda As a writer and a musician it is rare that there is a point in my life when words fail me. Saturday was one of those rarities. My grandfather passed away Saturday morning. Saturday was spent reflecting and thinking. I replayed…

15 Nostalgia

Tomorrow I turn 16. The big birthday, the one I’ve been dreaming about for years. But today I’m taking some time to reflect on how being 15 has been. This past year has held incredible adventures and incredible hardships. In November two of my friends died in a car crash. Those months were some of…

An Open Letter to the Vandal of Granville High School

  Dear Vandal, I’m sure you weren’t thinking it’d go this far when you wrote the anti-LGBT message on the stall of a restroom. I’m almost sad that you thought you’d get away with something so petty. Yet, here we are. I want to make something completely clear: we will never stop fighting for what we believe…

The Sour Tidings of Family

I called my Grandpa today, it was his birthday. His German accent so thick I strained my ears to make out every word. For the first time I can remember, we talked. Not a deep “tell you all my secrets” talk, but we talked about normal Grandparent/Grandchild things. School, my hobbies. He found a thousand…

Ode To Harper Lee

Today the world lost a great author: Harper Lee. In 1960 she published To Kill a Mockingbird and in 2015 she published Go Set a Watchman. To Kill a Mockingbird was a beautifully written book that commented on the racial segregation in the South in the 1930s. Despite the year the book was set in, racial injustice was still happening…

Presidents Day

Alas, we have reached that one day in the year that we celebrate(ish) presidents and their achievements. For the less cool presidents like Taft you can laugh about the fact he got stuck in his bathtub (which no one has actually proved but let’s not steal his thunder).  America has had some pretty awesome presidents. Washington…

Dear Men, I’m Sorry

Sometimes I forget the pressure we put on men. It’s not okay. So why do we act like it is? When a man doesn’t meet societies unrealistic standards he’s either “gay” or “a girl”. Why are those insults? Seriously, what the hell? Not only are we putting this unrealistic pressure on men but in the…

Bowie and Rickman, Gone But Never Forgotten

I walked into school Monday to find out that one of my favorite artists had died. David Bowie had lost his battle to cancer. Instantly my mind replayed my favorite scenes of Labyrinth. I spent my free time at rehearsal that night reading articles about Bowie’s life. I watched his last music video and listened…

Hiking (part of) the AT

This past week I’ve been in Georgia visiting family. Of course we’re not going to just sit around the entire time so we’ve decided to do some touristy things. We went on The Walking Dead Tour, I got to see some of the spots they filmed at. It was a really cool tour for a nerd…

Happy New Year!

2015 held a lot of things for me. I’ve had some of the worst moments of my life in this year, but I’ve also had some of the best moments of my life. I lost two friends in a car accident, but their deaths have taught me a lot of things. Living in the moment…

Break, Break, Break, But Don’t Break Me

It’s frustrating how time never stops. Not for death, nor pain, or suffering. Sometimes I want to scream. But what would that do? Everything moves so fast all the time. I feel like I’m trapped in a car going 100 miles per hour headed straight off a cliff. With a hectic life of theater and high…

5 Things That Help Getting Through the Storm of Depression

I’ve always thought that people have this imaginary spark inside of them. When you’re happy it burns large and bright and when you’re sad the flame becomes small and thin. This past year I was diagnosed with depression as well as anxiety. Two issues with very offsetting effects.  While searching the internet one day I…