Notice the life around you

Kelly Carlisle April 19, 2013

There are three caterpillars on my daughter's milkweed plant, one little and two big, covered in yellow, black and white stripes, with four black horns growing from their backs. Their feet look like fleshy...

A professor’s concerns

Kelly Carlisle April 5, 2013

Sometimes I worry about you guys. Like when you chase down two NoDozes with a Red Bull at the beginning of class. Or when you come back from spring break in casts. Recently, in a variety of ways, including...

Naming love: the significance of labels

Kelly Carlisle February 15, 2013

I was raised by my grandmother Spence, and the woman I believe was her partner, Dee, from when I was a baby until I was four. Almost every memory I have of Spence also involves Dee, including my memory...

Redefine culture: speak up about sexual assault

Kelly Carlisle November 10, 2012

I was 11 years old. I was at the beach with friends. I got out of the water before they did, and I went into the public restrooms to rinse off. You know the kind "” they have them at public pools, too...

You aren’t who you will be

Kelly Carlisle October 19, 2012

I'm used to the idea that most Trinity students are wiser than I was in college. It's okay; I was a late bloomer. And so, when you finish reading this column, you might ask yourself, "So what?" But maybe...

How Mitt Romney made me feel better about my car

Kelly Carlisle September 28, 2012

Sometimes I drive my husband's beater to school. It's a maroon 1990 Nissan Stanza with 300,000 miles on it. Its clear coat is peeling. Gasoline leaks from somewhere, and although my local mechanic says...

The blessing of work

Kelly Carlisle August 31, 2012

Two weeks ago, I was in a terrible mood. I hate to admit how bad it was. Husband was snapped at for no reason. Tears were shed over a broken door knob. Certain four letter words were uttered within earshot...

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