Life, Death and New Beginnings

  I've always had a dog or a cat of my own. I can't remember there ever being a time in which I didn't have one -- except while I was in grad school and even then I found a way to have a cat for most of my stay there. St. Louis is where … Continue reading Life, Death and New Beginnings

Your Fat Derby Friend

Roller derby has a problem. Roller derby supposedly prides itself on being open to every size and body type. I do believe that is how it was truly intended when modern roller derby began just over 10 years ago. Teams recruited anyone to play, understanding that bigger people can make great blockers and even very … Continue reading Your Fat Derby Friend

Back to Skating

You ever have that feeling where you're excited about doing something, but scared at the same time? Ever feel like you know something is fun once you start doing it, but really wanna puke thinking about it? That's my relationship with roller derby. I've always been fat. I'm not using "fat" as a bad word, … Continue reading Back to Skating

Women’s History Month: Athlete Profiles

For the past month, I have had the privilege of writing for SuperFit Hero. This company is a fitness brand that enables athletes to find quality clothing that is ethically produced and body positive. As an athlete that does not find clothing that usually works for me, having something that makes me feel confident and … Continue reading Women’s History Month: Athlete Profiles

My Baby Girl: Fiona

My Fiona Sue has been with me since 2002. She has made me laugh, collected my tears and soothed my anxieties. I adopted Fiona when I lived in St. Louis and in seminary. I found that I really did need a fur baby to help me cope with the stresses of school. I broke the … Continue reading My Baby Girl: Fiona

Women’s History Month

When I was younger, I used to think that Women's History Month was stupid. Why would we "women" have to be separated out from the men? Why weren't we all considered the same? My parents taught me to be kind and respectful and also that I could do anything a boy or man could do. I … Continue reading Women’s History Month

Preparing to March

The election shocked a lot of us and most of my friends. I have been withdrawn and depressed, more so than usual. I quit Facebook for over a month and read first source news: The Athens Messenger, The Washington Post and The New York Times to name a few. I felt more grounded and happier … Continue reading Preparing to March