“The End of the Affair”

Is a personal essay of mine that has just been published on the Common Ties Story Blog. The essay is a wee bit whiny (like most of my stuff). Nevertheless, I am proud of having been selected, and am honestly honoured to be included in such a fun, diverse group of writers, both aspiring andContinue reading ““The End of the Affair””

“…I’m very protective of my body. I do not want it violated or killed.”

An awful incident occured just a few minutes away from campus, in an apartment complex where I’ve often partied through the years, and where a lot of my friends have lived/are living. The story made me think about a sociology/criminology class I took the summer after my sophmore year at Duke. We focused mainly onContinue reading ““…I’m very protective of my body. I do not want it violated or killed.””

“You better keep your head, little girl, or you won’t know where I am”

A dear old professor of mine stopped by to chat about this story. He had read it. He was one of the readers for the Duke contest. He stood there, staring at me in his kindly, near-sighted manner, and a thought flashed in my head: “He knows I was molested, and he doesn’t hate me.Continue reading ““You better keep your head, little girl, or you won’t know where I am””