is christianity racist?

This might be a hard pill to swallow, let alone a difficult question to approach. When we beckon forth spirituality and faith, we may not consider discriminatory implications ingrained within fabric. what better way to ponder if Christianity is racist than talk […]

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why everyone should embrace interfaith spirituality

I don’t call myself “Christian.” I don’t think I ever fully identified with that label, even when I was deeply studying Bible and Jesus’ teachings. While I prefer the simplicity of “spiritual,” I still see room for growth in what that really […]

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stop supporting Autism Speaks.

It’s the season for giving. But not all causes are worth your gifts and charity. As an autistic person, it’s time to set the record straight: stop supporting Autism Speaks. Seriously. I cannot emphasize it enough. On a surface level, you might […]

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a beginner’s guide to autistic burnout

Most of us know what “burnout” feels like. But what about autistic burnout? There’s a reason why, when doing a quick Google search, it suggests the phrase “autistic burnout vs. depression.” So, if you have or currently manage depression, you’ll likely understand […]

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am I autistic enough?: what autism looks like.

Realizing I was on the autism spectrum was very eye-opening. Like most people, I had typical stereotypes surrounding what autism looks like. Rain Man is probably becoming an outdated example, but for the younger folks, think Sheldon Cooper.  More prominently, my assumptions […]

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the next chapter: my life with autism

I thought I had just started to figure out life. But sometimes the “figuring out” process goes a completely different direction. Which just so happens to be a life with autism. Yes, through a slew of online research and testing, I have […]

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in a world of suffering, what matters most?

The Amazon is on fire. There are concentration camps along our southern border. People live on the streets, hungry and defeated. So many are dying worldwide from preventable diseases. Full-blown Nazis have a growing voice and expanding hatred. Except in our world […]

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a message for ashamed South Dakotans

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m outspokenly one of many ashamed South Dakotans. Yes, my entire life thus far has been spent here. This is where my family is. Beyond that? We might as well disown her. Simply […]

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teaching abroad in American Samoa: a year in review

After what felt like both a millisecond and a century, I have officially finished my year teaching abroad in American Samoa. I’m back in the States. Life’s moving onward. I came into this teaching abroad experience without expectations, and for that I’m […]

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rude awakening: my first time as a minority

My first time as a minority wasn’t until the ripe age of 22. Up until then, I’ve lived in the rural Midwest. People still think we ride horses everywhere. (Unless you’re on the west side of the Missouri, that’s bogus.) When I […]

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