There was that one day, 11 years ago this Spring, where I decided my cat Fiona needed a new friend. Ok, My cat Fiona was 10 and I decided that I didn't want to live a cat-less life, so I wanted to adopt earlier rather than later. I began looking into the Athens County Humane … Continue reading Grief, Reluctantly
I broke my ankle playing roller derby 3 years ago this week. It was a rough week as my body seemed to remember the trauma well before I did. I started having nightmares and fixating and replaying the break several times a day. Since the break, I've struggled with finding a place in derby ever … Continue reading Out of my Comfort Zone
His name was Alexander Hamilton....and there were a million things he didn't do because of the now infamous duel in Weehawken, New Jersey, with Aaron Burr. Or as one of the creators of Hamilton: An American Musical, Lin-Manuel Miranda affectionally calls him, A (Dot) Burr. A.Ham was not the greatest guy however he was an … Continue reading Happy Birthday, A(dot) Ham!
I'm trying to figure out what I'm doing with this part of my life. I enjoy writing and need to keep doing this. I worked for a local magazine for awhile and that was nice because I went back to my roots as a journalist. It was a lot of work and fun. The magazine … Continue reading ….with a little help from my friends
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
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
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