Stop Hating Donald Trump

I’m as surprised as you that I wrote the title to this blog post. If you’d showed me those words on Election Day, Inauguration Day or two weeks ago I would’ve scoffed. However, I was raised to speak up for what I believe is true. I was also raised to respect the president whether or…

When Outrage Isn’t Enough

A few months ago I was involved in planning a rally in Buffalo. Frustration over President Trump’s anti-Muslim legislation pushed a small group of creative, generally relaxed people to prove that the people of Buffalo were welcoming of the refugee families starting over in our city. For logistical reasons the rally never happened. We were…

La Colombe Coffee Roasters | Fishtown, Philadelphia

“Unassuming” is the word that comes to mind as I’m standing across the street from a small brick storefront, faded paint spelling “La Colombe” curling above the glass door. Weeks of anticipation and months of drooling over pictures of exquisitely poured lattes and warm croissants on delicate china plates suddenly seem too good to be…

Racial Reconciliation & The Church

Conversations around race, slavery and racial reconciliation have been happening for a few years now. As America realized that systematic racism was still very much alive and calls for racial unity began, church leaders¬†asked how they could do the same. Racial reconciliation is about more than equality. Instead, it seeks to repair relationships across race…

Coffee & Conversations | No Boundaries

I was in a coffee shop on Buffalo’s West Side when I read the first issue of No Boundaries, a bi-annual social justice oriented publication created by Rise Collaborative. My perspective on Buffalo had always been a positive one, as it was impossible to ignore the life that was seeping back into a weary city….

Barista of the Month: Jordan Taylor

The first time I saw Jordan’s Instagram account I knew I wanted to interview him. As a coffee enthusiast (duh) and occasional poet myself, it was fun to see someone combine the two in creative ways. Jordan is a manager at Glen Edith Coffee in Rochester, NY This interview has been edited and condensed for…