• Ireland – A Bumpy Start

    I arrived in Dublin around 4:00 a.m. local time (10:00 p.m. central time) on Monday, January 22nd. My arrival came after departing my Des Moines apartment at 5:30 a.m., getting held up at the Des Moines airport for a half hour because of a bag of goldfish crackers in my bag, flying to Newark, getting […]

  • Thank you, INHF

    My Time is Up. I’m leaving for Ireland in two days. First of all, I’m very stressed. Second, yesterday was my last day interning at Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation so I’m kind of sad which is making me stressed. I am, simply, a pile of stress. But I digress.   The Work I worked as […]

  • Taking off

    January 21, 2018, 7:10 a.m. The countdown has begun.   Soon, I will be studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland at Maynooth University for the spring semester of my junior year. And I’m pretty excited. I’ll be leaving my temporary home of Des Moines, Iowa, jetting off to Newark Airport for a lovely eight hour layover […]

  • Why write?

      “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell Sometimes I get writer’s block. Sometimes I stare at my screen for an […]

  • I just really like bears…

    I was raised in a small Colorado town near the mountains and have always been amused and accustomed to the oddities that come with it such as having a litter of fox kits living under my house or being told a bear wandered into the area and to stay inside. I became used to being […]