Stories from my life and travels as an American expat in Germany!

Gimme Shelter

If you ask most conservatives, they would say that safe spaces impede free speech and shield students from the realities of the real world. Advocates for safe spaces, however, argue that students are well aware of the harsh realities of the world, but that they still need to know that their campus is a safe environment, free from discrimination.

Trigger Me This

A “trigger,” as defined by psychologists, is any stimuli that causes a person to relive a traumatic event. Fireworks, for example, could causes a refugee to feel as though she is back in her war-torn home country, fleeing gunfire. A man in line for a coffee may be sent into a panic attack when a certain song comes on the cafe’s playlist,…Continue Reading

Where Do We Go From Here?

I’m not going to lie: I am still reeling from Clinton’s loss. I am afraid of dark days to come for everyone who is not a straight, white male. I spent yesterday alternating between grief and fury. I’ve done my crying and my lashing out. But today, I’ve also found the motivation to look past this horrible situation our nation…Continue Reading

Invasion of the “Fake” Geeks

Halloween has come and gone, and I didn’t see a single person dressed as Harley Quinn. Oh, I’ve heard the prophecies: fake geek girls who have never even READ the comics will be out in droves, wearing -gasp!- store-bought Suicide Squad Harley Quinn costumes! Tremble ye nerdy, and despair.

Getting “Old” Isn’t So Bad

I’m almost thirty. Nearly halfway, in fact, to that notorious birthday every woman is supposed regard with pure dread. In just six short months, certain fashion choices will suddenly be off-limits to me, I will go from “Miss” to “Ma’am,” and no one will ever card me again for alcohol, unless of course I’m with a younger friend and the waiter doesn’t…Continue Reading

Homelessness in America: Have a Heart

Reagan homelessness epidemic

Homelessness is a growing epidemic in the United States. Although there have always been homeless people, the number of those sleeping on the streets made a sharp increase towards the end of Ronald Reagan’s presidency. In fact, “…by the late 1980’s [the number of homeless] had swollen to 600,000 on any given night – and 1.2 million over the course…Continue Reading

Life’s no Fun Without a Good Scare

Mysterium Board Game

This past Saturday, my boyfriend and I had some friends over for a “spooky” board game night to kick off the month of Halloween October, AKA the most wonderful time of the year. The main attraction of the night was Mysterium, a cooperative, vaguely Clue-like game set in a haunted mansion. The premise of the game is that you are psychics…Continue Reading