In a Gender Bender [St. Jane Archives]

BY SMASEY  THE TIME I (HALF-HEARTEDLY) TRIED TO BECOME A BOY When I was younger, (I couldn’t tell you how young, I don’t remember, maybe 8 or 9?) I took the phrase “tomboy” very, very seriously. I detested pink and swore I’d never love a boy. I collected Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and played X-Men…

Forget Skinny. I Train to be Badass [St. Jane Archives]

BY KAITLYN JAMES So originally this post was going to be about spring and the wonderfulness that comes from the season that rescues us from the chills and dreariness of winter. However, when I sat down to write I realized that I don’t have much to say about spring other than I get REALLY excited…

We Read to Know We’re Not Alone [St. Jane Archives]

BY KAITLYN JAMES It took me awhile to learn how to read. I remember my mother being frustrated that I stumbled over words even entering first grade. To be honest, I don’t truly know when children should know how to read, but every child in my family, except for poor me came out of the…

The Perks of Being a Woman [St. Jane Archives]

BY KIM NORRIS I came across this puff piece on Twitter; it’s written by a man and intended to advise other men on how to be an awesome boyfriend (or spouse, I suppose) when your lady has gotten a visit from her Aunt Flo. The sheer cheek of men advising men on how a woman wants to…

Firefly Nights [St. Jane Archives]

BY KIM NORRIS I heard my first summer cicada the other day. The other-worldly whirring like a didgeridoo has always captivated me – a harbinger of even hotter days to come as summer peaks. It signals, too, the drawing to a close of firefly nights, the magical evenings when ephemeral Lampyridae, the firefly or lightning bug…

Arresting Education [St. Jane Archives]

BY LISA SEDLAK When I was a kid, students with special needs were in classes without the general student population. In many cases, they were in some trailer away from the main building of the school. That was also before many mental and learning disabilities were diagnosed correctly. Students with Autism, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, and…

Seize the f***ing day! [St. Jane Archives]

BY JAVIER LUNA It’s okay… ·To not know everything Does it ever feel like some people have all the answers? You know that one person who is so certain of everything that they do or say, and seems to have the right response to everything? Well, I have news: they don’t know everything. I guarantee…

Enjoying Football [St. Jane Archives]

BY L. VIDAL This piece was originally posted on October 13, 2015 at the first incarnation of St. Jane Media. My favorite thing in the world is politics. There’s nothing that turns the gears in my brain quite like it. Hearing candidates articulate, often poorly, what they think America stands for and what we ought…

The Hustle (Fall 2012)

My first traffic ticket was before I ever had my actual driver’s license, which should have been my first clue. I had the piece of paper that said I would one day, very soon, have my first official driver’s license. I had my provisional. And, if memory serves, I used that responsibility to drive to…