Insane Until Proven Sane: Realities of Prison Psych Wards

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Dating Red Flags: Desensitization to Seething Anger

Originally published on ChapterTK.comI don’t know what teenager TK thought she’d get out of prom night. She was never the type of girl who fit into the stereotypical high school mold. She looked at the world differently than many of her peers yet, for some reason, prom was important to her. It was an experience she’d only get twice. Her thought process was that, even if it sucked, she’s have the experience. What was one more night of potential horror after all her years?...more

Closeted Openings: Unlocking an Existence Beyond the Physical

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Cultural Celebration Without Discrimination

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Tragedy's Beauty: The Courage of Human and Hero

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comThere’s a sort of beauty in tragedy. It’s an inevitable part of the human experience, even in the unlikely scenario the only tragedy a person ever faces is their own death. Maybe this is due to my current optimistic personality or my history of being a youth. Either way, I can’t help but appreciate the sadder moments in life for the beauty an impact they can have, if only you look....more

Dating Red Flags: Too Much Groping and Not Enough Listening

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comZachery drove towards the city with one hand on the wheel and another desperately clinging to a relationship he lost long ago. His hand squeezed mine in an uncomfortably tight grip, but I didn’t complain. Sitting as far away as I could from him, gazing out the window, I considered myself lucky that the hand at least stayed away from my legs after billionth time I told him to remove it....more

Searching For Meaning in Life's Pandemonium

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comPoetry is a unique writing style where the author conveys complex ideas within few words. This is part of the reason I was drawn to poetry in my use. Even just half a sentence or a single word can cause a flood of imagery. Words like chaos, pandemonium, transcendence and exultation come to mind. A person may know their definition, but the imagery they see is unique. Poetry is a medium that plays with that imagery....more

Traditional Gender Roles, Romantic Preferences and Feminism

Originally posted on“My son, he wants a classic woman, but every one these days is a feminist.”...more

Society Obligates Poor Body Image

Originally published on ChapterTK.comI am living proof that being small does not save a person from criticizing their body or having ‘fat days.’ Almost every day, I follow the process I wrote about in Naked Salvation. Some days, it’s a struggle to find beauty in that mirror....more

Unemployment: Too Hard or Too Easy?

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comBeing a hard-working tax payer, I’ve had my opinions about unemployment benefits. People complain about the government being too easy on the unemployed and at the same time they complain things are too hard. Having recently transitioned to a period of unemployment, I’ve found myself extremely frustrated. Both complaints are valid. Unemployment should not be nearly this easy or hard....more