Beneath the Surface: Interview with Simone Stevens

  "People are like the ocean, you cannot know them by their surface." -Beau Taplin Simone Stevens is a small framed professional dancer with a giggly laugh and the most joyful personality. She is  interested in anthropology and cultural backgrounds, and Simone herself has ancestors from Spain, France, and the Cherokee Native American tribe. She has been dancing since … Continue reading Beneath the Surface: Interview with Simone Stevens

The Practice of Thankfulness

“Tell me three things you are thankful for.” Jordan Watson sat across from me and a couple of other girls sprawled across her living room floor. We had been sitting there for hours, talking, but the conversation had become pretty dark. We all recently found ourselves in the same sort of uncomfortable place in life, … Continue reading The Practice of Thankfulness

How Free It Is

  I am not good at being alone. Lately I have been so scared of any time I spend in silence, any time I spend by myself, any time there are no distractions. I have been scared to be alone in the quiet because suddenly my mind is so loud. My mind has been toxic … Continue reading How Free It Is

Facing Anxiety

Anxiety. Anxiety. Anxiety. . I have given this word so much importance in my life. I have fed my anxiety so much that it has become a monster that follows me around. Anxieties walk hand in hand with all my insecurities. They  won't let me live the life I want, and I know I can … Continue reading Facing Anxiety

“My body represents life”

Chelsea Risley, a writer and poet in the Chattanooga area wrote this poem in response to a book called Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe. She said, "It resonated with me because it treated women with... a little bit of something that was almost awe or fear, because of how powerful women are if they are … Continue reading “My body represents life”