Is there a gender gap in math?


I don't pretend to be math fool. After a certain point, spreadsheets make me cross-eyed. But I do like to dabble in research. I find cross-referencing statistics within the same domain to be very enlightening. While speaking slightly tongue in cheek here, I would love to hear your constructive thoughts and opinions on the data … Continue reading Is there a gender gap in math?

8 reasons why I’m mad and why I want to eat carrot cake in October without choking.


It's pretty simple. Today would have been my mother's 66th birthday. My mother died from breast cancer when I was 12. I write about it about once a year. Mother's Day is tough. These are some things to know about a young girl who loses who her young mother to cancer who grows up to … Continue reading 8 reasons why I’m mad and why I want to eat carrot cake in October without choking.

Fair Warning: Spectator Parents


My husband and I have been youth volunteer sport coaches since before our own kids were born. I love basketball. He loves soccer. We both dig kiddos. As much satisfaction that comes from teaching a kid the benefits of an active lifestyle, the fun of playing games with other kids your age, and gaining a … Continue reading Fair Warning: Spectator Parents

Repost: Something has gone terribly wrong//Where I was 3 years ago today


I volunteer at a pregnancy resource center. The majority of our clients are between the ages of 14-25. Most have not graduated from high school. Most of their parents had them when they were teenagers also. Most work at McDs or BK. A lot of them get kicked out of their house when their parents … Continue reading Repost: Something has gone terribly wrong//Where I was 3 years ago today

one of the most solemn trusts in human society


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as many as 29% of citizens were not registered to vote in 2008 – that’s 60 million people! More than one-third of eligible voting citizens did not vote in the last presidential election. This bugs me to no end. How can we so flippantly disregard one our greatest gifts … Continue reading one of the most solemn trusts in human society

Why pink sucks this month


It's October 16th and I'm finally wearing pink. Reluctantly. I hate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. First off I want to call it something else. Who isn't freaking aware of Breast Cancer? Who hasn't been touched or destroyed by it? We should call it Breast Cancer Fight Month or Kick Breast Cancer's Butt Month. Because it … Continue reading Why pink sucks this month

You are not dead to me.


Do you think it's more important to be a friend or to have friends? I've had several conversations lately with people who say things like, "I've just put in all I'm going to on this relationship." "I have to do all the work, they never reciprocate, I'm done with them." "If we ever do anything … Continue reading You are not dead to me.

I couldn’t say this prayer this morning


My devotional this morning had this prayer at the end; Lord, help me to always have the courage to not allow others to take what is rightfully mine. Help me to confront what is wrong with the truth of Your Word. Amen Now granted, I have not woken up in the best of moods after … Continue reading I couldn’t say this prayer this morning

Bob Baker was a man.


I didn't know Bob Baker. But I'm guessing you didn't either. Bob is one of the many people who lived underneath the 370 bridge. He died March 16. His body was found near the railroad trestles. This bothers me. I'm actually quite angered by this. This shouldn't happen in America. This shouldn't happen in St. … Continue reading Bob Baker was a man.

This Haunts Me


I can't tell you how much it haunts me to get a phone call like I did tonight. It's almost becoming too much for my heart to answer this question the same way. "Carissa, I have someone here that needs a place to stay. Are you open yet? Do you know anyone who has openings?" … Continue reading This Haunts Me