Summer reads

I think there’s a pretty strong general consensus that this summer went by waaaaaaaaaayy too fast. It’s already September, and with Labor Day weekend behind us, fall is officially here. With that being the case, I thought I’d share what I read this summer, especially since I haven’t posted since May. Oops.

I always romanticize summer reading as some luxurious activity characterized by lounging by the water with a juicy read. Reading in the sunshine always makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even if I’m just sitting outside of my apartment. This summer my books didn’t travel far, but with stories set in New York City, Italy, and even Hogwarts, I ended up on some interesting adventures.  Continue reading Summer reads

Reporting on the story no one wants to have

Last week I had a story published in The Forecaster called “‘Yes means yes’: Changing the way Maine looks at sexual violence.” I wrote the story in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which happens every April, and it ran in every edition of the paper.

Yes means yes

Although this awareness month happens every year, I found that sexual assault occurs at a much more alarming frequency – every 107 seconds. In Maine, which is where I focused my reporting, the numbers are thankfully lower than that.  Continue reading Reporting on the story no one wants to have

Girl Up does Black (women) History Month

As a white girl from a very small town in New Hampshire, I’m hardly an expert on the history and accomplishments of black women. Nevertheless, I ended up giving a presentation on this very topic to a group of sixth and seventh grade girls on Monday.

I recently started volunteering with Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation national campaign for girls. The organization, which “engages girls to take action,” has numerous chapters and clubs around the country, including one at a middle school in my city.  Continue reading Girl Up does Black (women) History Month