Playing Bass is Easy; Transitioning Genders – Not so Much

The New Orleans Saints are facing the Dallas Cowboys for Sunday Night Football on the screens of a Fort Worth Applebee’s. The Saints score and a fan can be heard shouting, “Who dat? Who dat?” as she bounces up and down on her chair. Wulffrith Harris, a 53-year-old who fidgets…

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Changing our economy through culture

There’s a reason America’s economic classes are growing farther apart, and it’s not just the money. I have lived in the South for my entire life. Most of that time has been in Central Texas, surrounded both by poverty and by all different kinds of money: little and big, old…

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Forward with fear: Telling better stories

We are all scared of something. Some of our fears are easily explained, like deadly spider bites or the open ocean or piercing needles. But sometimes, fear is a bit more complicated. I have always dreamed of being a writer. Even before I began to grow up, before I tried…

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Nothing beats loving what you do and who you do it for

I’ve been working one job or another since I was 16. I’ve been a sales associate for a frozen yogurt shop, a bead store (which I didn’t even know was a thing until my best friend and I stumbled across their “Now Hiring!” sign), a retail store and Murray State…

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Family residential center remains mystery to local Karnes City community

Every so often, in every community, an enigma rises to the surface. Living unassumingly in the quiet of a small town or the manicured lawns of suburbia, a mystery neighbor lurks suspiciously out of sight of weary peers. Residents know little, see little and hear only gossip. Sometimes, this character is endearing.…

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Soup Kitchen Courage

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear; the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all” (Source). This is one of my all-time favorite quotes from the book behind one of my favorite movies, “The…

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Volunteering: Not For the Faint of Heart

Volunteering isn’t for everybody. Volunteering SHOULD be for everybody, but that would also involve living in a perfect world (we don’t and we never will). A couple of years ago I took my first nonprofit class at Murray State. Much like many of the other students enrolled in that class…

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Children on the Edge has changed me; maybe it will change you too

I am excited to be working with VoiceBox Media in their “Children On the Edge” series this fall because I can’t think of more important time to dive into the immigration topic head first. Not only will this series help me come next November, but I believe it will help…

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