A Different Approach To Second Dates

I feel like I should start this post like I start all of my mornings, by shaming myself. Yes this is a post about second dates, and I've been on a ton of second dates. In other words, I am single and incapable of sustaining a long term relationship. But I'm not too lonely, depressed,…

Only You & I Will Last Forever: A Letter To My Depression

Elephant Journal The misconception that depression is something that arises only during trails, or is easily curable leads to shame and isolation. I often get tired of telling people about my struggles with depression because of responses like, "Just take some medicine" or "You are depressed again?" I turn to writing in these cases. The…

Gold & Black: Catching up with … Ryan Russell

Tom Dienhart is a writer for the Gold & Black, a multi-platform company talking everything Purdue with a focus on athletics. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom while I was a football player and student at Purdue University. Thus, recently we had an opportunity to catch up and talk about writing, football, my best…

Cancun at Fiesta Americana Condesa

Location, Location, Location The saying, "Location is everything" stands true when it comes to an all inclusive stay at the stunning Fiesta Americana. It takes no time at all for the staff to make me feel welcomed and at home. Everyone was polite and spoke to me with kindness. The first man I encountered, Pablo,…

We Are All Bran The Broken

Game of Thrones has been an epic show that has controlled television for almost a decade. Viewers, awards, and media buzz for the show have been overwhelming throughout its HBO reign, but all good things must come to an end. Everyone has had their favorites to win the throne through this cinematic journey but only…

Contributing Editor of Barren Magazine

Barren Magazine is a literary publication that features fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography. Barren is know for hard truths, long stares, and gritty lenses that show the courage and truth of the creator. The magazine revels in the shadow-spaces that make up the human condition, and aim to find antitheses to that which defines…