Country Roads, Keep Me Home

There are days when I feel like so many of my peers—West Virginia is a lost cause. When we make the news, it’s rarely for anything that I’m proud to be identified with. Whether it’s a representative that alluded to drowning his children if they were homosexual, or whether our legislators sell our water for their own prosperity, I don’t know how much longer I can hold my breath waiting for a white horse to save our mountains from the same old politics that continue to push West Virginia farther behind as the world moves on without us. And, make no mistake, they will leave us behind. Continue reading Country Roads, Keep Me Home

Being Millenial: The Struggle of Being Hard-Working, Educated, and Skilled in a Society that Assumes You Aren’t

We are living in a society that assumes we are lazy, poorly educated, and entitled. That I need welfare and safety net programs because I don’t want to work, or I’m too senseless to seek a job that pays more, or worse—I expect everything provided without the effort. Of my working years, I’ve spent more time working more than one job than I have just one job. Before I had my first son, I worked 3. I helped manage a gas station, I was a home health aide for a terminally ill elderly woman, and I often worked shifts at other gas stations for the chain. During that time, I worked an average of 112-120 hours per week. Continue reading Being Millenial: The Struggle of Being Hard-Working, Educated, and Skilled in a Society that Assumes You Aren’t