Conditioned Silence

I would consider myself to be a feminist. I believe in equality for all. I believe in fairness. I believe in everyone’s right to autonomy and privacy. And yet, over the weekend I had the weirdest experience that went a long way in illustrating just how pervasive and insidious oppressive social norms can be. It’s…

Fresh Starts

  Over the last two weeks, I have been painting our bedroom and bathroom.  It’s been on my list for a solid year, but it has been hard to motivate myself for such a task.  I have painted our entire house more than once over the years.  Some rooms I have painted more times than…

Keeping Climbing, the View is Worth It

A few weeks ago John and I visited Clingmans Dome, which is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a rather hilarious choice as we were a day and a half from completing a 24-hour race and we were still sore and tired so who decides to climb up a…