Dear Presidential Candidates

The more accurate title of this post should be “Dear Mr. Santorum,” but each of the GOP candidates have been guilty of this at one point in time.

However, this is focusing on last night’s circus of a GOP “debate.” Between Trump trying to insult his way into the Oval Office, Fioria apparently not knowing how to fact check her statements or supporting media, and Carson showing that one doesn’t have to be completely intelligent to become a neurosurgeon…It’s a mess. Unfortunately, the “not my circus, not my monkeys” ideal cannot be applied, since all of these goons are attempting to win a bid for the President of the United States. (this time, my threat of moving to Canada is a very real idea)

Last evening, Santorum, a candidate who is far from a front-runner in the rat race, made several statements that belittled the idea of women serving in combat arms positions, claiming that they are too emotional and weak to handle the stress. To be frank, he’s dead wrong, and this is my response to his statement.
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Cancer Awareness Month

cancer awareness

September is National Cancer Awareness Month, and while we need to remember survivors and those who are fighting cancer every day of the year, this month, we need to take some extra time and give back to the charities and causes that work tirelessly to provide support and help to those effected.
Pura Vida created unique, hand crafted bracelets that raise money for over 11 different cancer organizations (3 shown here).
If you’re looking for organizations that are TRULY non-profit and dedicated to providing aid to those effected, (unlike the Susan B. Comen Foundation, American Breast Cancer Foundation, and the dozens on this list: CNN’s Worst Charities in America) check out Pura Vida.

Check out their website here:
You can also get 10% off your purchase with my rep code (yes, I’m a rep): “Crouch10”

I have several (okay many… a lot…and will definitely buy more) of their bracelets, and they’re gorgeous, waterproof, and give back directly to the local Costa Rican artisans that make them. In addition to their regular line, they have over 175 charities that they’ve partnered with, creating a unique bracelet for each one, and they’re always open to helping more charitable organizations.

An Open Letter to the Church from My Generation

this. THIS. Oh words desert me, this is beautiful

"I Said I Don't Know."--and Other Answers to Hard Questions


I got to go to the Macklemore concert on Friday night. If you want to hear about how that went, ask me, seriously, I want to talk about it until I die. The whole thing was great; but the best part was when Macklemore sang “Same Love.” Augustana’s gym was filled to the ceiling with 5,000 people, mostly aged 18-25, and decked out in thrift store gear (American flag bro-tanks, neon Nikes, MC Hammer pants. My Cowboy boyfriend wore Cowboy boots…not ironically….). The arena was brimming with excitement and adrenaline during every song, but when he started to play “Same Love,” the place about collapsed. Why? While the song is popular everywhere, no one, maybe not even Macklemore, feels its true tension like we do in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. If you’re not familiar, here’s the song:

Stop–did you watch it? Watch it.

Before the song, Macklemore spoke really…

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Project Unbreakable

Started in 2011 by Grace Brown, this photography project focuses on the assault survivor by a photograph of the individual holding a poster which has a quote from their attacker. In just 2 years, Grace has photographed over 400 survivors, and has received over 1000 submissions. TIME Magazine has now named its website,, one of the top 30 tumblr blogs to follow. 

If you are interested in participating, you can email Grace at 

If you’re interested in having Grace speak at your school, click this link HERE