Out in the heartland 

Originally published in the winter 2014 edition of the Indiana University Alumni Magazine. It was Thanksgiving when Sheldon Raisor, BS’10, came out to his parents. Raisor was an information and process management major, a junior in the IU Kelley School of Business, when he went home to New Albany, Ind., to tell his mother and […]

Dad’s bucket 

Originally published in Inside magazine on April 15, 2014. When I was in high school, I knew a few things about IU. I knew my parents met here at an apartment near the Varsity Villas. I knew about Bob Knight and Assembly Hall and the five banners. And I knew about Nick’s English Hut. If […]

The Long Rebound 

Originally published January 4, 2014 in 812 Magazine. The Henryville High School Hornets were down by 40 with five minutes left to play when the coach on the other bench called back his starters and threw in the JV squad. The crowd started thinning as the hornet mascot took off his yellow and black head.  […]

Making the cut 

Published in August 2012 in DRAFT Magazine. The birds pecking at spent grains in the parking lot are a clue you’re in the right spot, and the sweet smell of a mash tun means you’re getting closer. The sound of AC/DC’s “For Those About to Rock” echoing across the lot and the empty carboys outside […]

Baring everything 

Published April 9, 2012 in Inside magazine. The lecture hall in Swain West wasn’t the holiest of spaces, but it did just fine. At the worship service a girl with a blonde braided ponytail and a blue plaid shirt sat in the third row. Unlike most of the others in the room, she had no […]