The Spring House Gazebo

Under-appreciated historical fact:

In October of 1927, George Remus (a Chicago lawyer and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s inspiration for Jay Gatsby) shot and killed his wife in front of this gazebo. This took place after she cheated on him with his former cellmate, liquidated his entire bootlegging empire while he was in prison, attempted (and failed) to have him deported and/or assassinated, and then tried to divorce him.

Remus defended himself in court, brought in an alienist (the term used before ‘psychiatrist’ was coined) to argue that the “majority of normal men” would have shot their wives under the same circumstances, …

A Step in The Right Direction

In the wake of President Trump’s military response to the chemical attack in Syria, many Trump supporters have felt let down and betrayed; some have withdrawn their support completely. Yesterday, a bit of hope was restored. Quietly and without any media present, Trump signed a bill countering the Obama-era regulation that forbade states to withhold federal funding from facilities that provide abortions.

While giving this power back to the states likely will not make a difference in largely liberal states like California and Oregon, majorly conservative states will finally have the power to decide for themselves. It’s a victory not

Inside the Minds of the Abortion Industry

“If it is a joyful, welcome event, then that fetus deserves all the protection we can muster. If it is an unwanted or tragic prospect, that woman deserves loving support and access to the competent and compassionate care I mentioned before, including support to terminate the pregnancy or support her in her other choices.”

These are the words of Dr. Duane Dowell in his video detailing why he supports abortion.

What jumped out to me about Dr. Dowell’s video was his wording. It’s a basic understanding that to pro-choicers, the decision to abort a pregnancy is based on the mother’s …

God Our Protector

This is the very first short story of mine ever to be published when it appeared in the hard copy of The Tarepian Rock two years ago.  Stalin’s purges have always been an object of great fascination to me, especially as one of the lesser-discussed genocides in our world’s history, and even though I was fifteen when I wrote this, all of the issues presented in this fictional story continue to exist (in varying forms) in the world today.

The thunderous pounding on the front door split through the still atmosphere of our apartment as my family sat, huddled and

Pizza and Journalism

Here’s an excerpt of an article I wrote last summer for the Gallatin News on a little pizza shop in Downtown Gallatin. It was my first newspaper publication, and my very first time conducting an interview. Go check it out!

“The atmosphere of Prince Street Pizza and Pub catches your attention before you even walk in the door. From the near-finished mural on the outside of the brick building to the various scribblings and messages covering the walls inside, the small town hangout instantly gives you the feeling of wanting to sit down and stay awhile…”

Finding Inspiration in the Airport

Here’s an essay I wrote last fall for for a friend over at The Fellowship of the King. Enjoy!

It was my first solo flight. I’d made it through customs with only two near panic attacks, and had now for two solid hours clung to both my backpack and my plane ticket like either of them would vanish into thin air if I let them go. This would leave me stranded and lost in a large airport where I would likely find some way to accidentally commit a felony and get myself arrested, booked on criminal charges, and never see …