This Is Rape — Longreads

T Kira Madden tells the story of her rape, confusion, and redemption to show us what rape culture really looks like in this country.

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Moments ago I was reading a friend’s blog. It helped me remember how grateful I am with this life I am living. It is so easy to get going with life that we truly forget what we have. I have had to remember all the blessings I have been given.

Peter fell off a ladder at work last week on Wednesday. He ended up breaking his right foot and ankle with bone shards. I do know he does a lot for  me. But his injury really se me right. I realized what he does more with an open heart than anger and frustration. For that I am truly grateful. This is a long journey with him out of work from his work injury. It is expensive to be off work and no check coming in. His employer has work comp insurance. So we pray to get him in to an orthopedic surgeon. I am not working and this is rather stressful for him. I need to be more supportive in this chapter of his life.


Being Back

The hustle and bustle of college students of various ages return for Spring Semester. Students get to campus and the parking lot is full. Frustration begins as those who could find the perfect spot. Sometimes it happens when a student is running late but even on time this is happening. As each student gets out of their vehicles they realize the weather. Should you have worn that? You get inside one of the buildings and see the long lines. Lines for financial aid, bursars office, and registration. Lines in the cafeteria can be long at certain times. The worse lines begin with the bookstore. You wait and wait the first week of campus. You go to one line for your class books and another line for you to pay. Decisions made when paying. Figuring the cheapest way to get your books is ideal! While you wait in lines you see so much in the college bookstore. Oh I am gonna need more notebooks, pencils, folders, and three ring binders for loose leaf class books. Figure out what your scholarship and financial aid covers. It can seem overwhelming but pace yourself.

As you enter your classes anxiety can come. Just take a deep breath and say to yourself, “I am okay.”

Community Colleges have so much you can explore. The wide range of classes to decide your career if needed. The variety of people is so unique you begin to enjoy. You are able to talk to your Professors and email them for anything.

Beginning at a Community College is beneficial for finances. Classes are smaller and easy to learn from them. There is a wide range of activities and clubs to enjoy. Getting an Associates Degree is a great choice. Whether you transfer or not. There is so much range of what you can do after high school is fabulous! the variety of aged people attending Community Colleges helps each and every person. You learn from others.

I believe a person can learn something new everyday.


Rural Realities of Repealing the ACA

The Rural Resistance

My husband woke me on election morning, flipping on the hallway light and walking into the living room where I’d been sleeping.

“What time it is?” He didn’t answer as I fumbled for my glasses.

Later, I’d find out it was 2 o’clock. Our alarm goes off just after 4 am.

He sat down next to me, cradling one hand with the other. “I think I may have fucked us over with good intentions.”

It was not a white male premonition for how the election would end twenty-four hours later. He’d gone outside around 9 o’clock to transfer that day’s yogurt making from incubation to refrigeration and passed the barn’s wide-open garage door on his way back to our trailer. I have a moderate case of Raynaud’s Disease, which causes the blood supply to my fingers to decrease, particularly on chilly, drafty mornings. He’d decided to close the garage door…

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Today’s Lesson For Me

In life we tend to think negative or that someone is out to get you. But in reality we need to be lifted up. It is a good thing to encourage one another.


“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam  and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV) –


This afternoon Peter came home early from work. He came in the house crawling. He fell off a ladder at work. I can not imagine how he got home with the injuries he is suffering as well as not being able to walk. Today he needs to depend on me as I have many times before.


We will at times need to care with extra special care. I have many health issues and Peter is helping me all the time. I will take this challenge up in front. I hope to succeed.


“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7 (NIV) –