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‘Eve’s Garden’ Is Now Available!

I am excited to announce that my third poetry book, Eve's Garden, is now available for purchase! Head over to my Publications page, or straight to Amazon, for more information or to purchase! If you like what you're reading (or if you don't) be sure to leave a review , and take a look at… Continue reading ‘Eve’s Garden’ Is Now Available!

Poetry and Creative Writing

Go Where You Grow: The Wishing Fruit

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash It had taken nearly two years to prepare the vessel properly.  Each day, I tended to the monstrous orange blossom, that now stood to nearly the height of a two-story house.  I lugged water pitcher after water pitcher to its thorny, green trunk, and lovingly applied fertilizer to the soil that surrounded… Continue reading Go Where You Grow: The Wishing Fruit

Poetry and Creative Writing

The Arctic Front

Photo by adrian on Unsplash My class would end in less than twenty minutes, but I was still restless; my craving for lemonade making me bite my lip.  Oh, I thought, you sweet and tasty beverage.  What I wouldn't do to get some of you.  When my professor wasn't looking I would let my head lull against my fist… Continue reading The Arctic Front

Policy Research

Top 5 Best and Worst States for Public Health

Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash U.S. News released a thorough study on public health, ranking the states from worst to best based on variables including smoking, access to nutrition, "economic challenges" and, of course, mental health. I had to capitalize on this opportunity to see what commonalities between the best states and between the worst states in… Continue reading Top 5 Best and Worst States for Public Health

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Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Incarceration Policy

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash What is Incarceration Policy? Incarceration Policy is the body of laws, policies, processes, and practices that found the judicial mechanism for punishing those who break the law.  I highlight the words "break the law" in particular as a means of demonstrating that those who are incarcerated are not necessarily those who commit… Continue reading Humble Beginnings: A Brief Introduction to Incarceration Policy

Policy Research

Musing on Restrictive Practices in Mental Institutions

Photo by Andrei Lazarev on Unsplash ♦ Today I had the immense pleasure of listening to Professor John Baker speak on the worldwide movement to reduce restrictive practices with the National Elf Service podcast. The amount of presented occasions in which restrictive measures are warranted are actually few and far in between. In this ten minute segment, they… Continue reading Musing on Restrictive Practices in Mental Institutions