The Common Good

Melissa Otterbein

Melissa Otterbein is a research assistant at a Baltimore City HIV/AIDS clinic and blogs at melissaotterbein.wordpress.com.

Blog Posts by Melissa Otterbein

Posted by Melissa Otterbein 23 weeks 6 days ago
Even the winter won’t last forever. We’ll see the morning, we’ll feel the sun.We’ll wake up in April, ready and able, Sowing the seeds in the soil.Even the darkness cannot disarm us. We’ll see the...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 23 weeks ago
“What? What happened?” My co-worker asked, sensing the solemn look on my face.“Another patient died,” I reported. Grief and thick silence hang in the air as I thought back to the last time I saw this...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 25 weeks ago
I’ve often heard that Lent is a season of slowing down. Of drawing closer to God, to others, to the wide open world around us. A time for spiritual reflection and inner examination. An opportunity to...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 29 weeks ago
One of my favorite views of Charm City right now is entering into the downtown area from the 395 off-ramp. Our city is painted with Ravens spirit — purple lights dancing on skyscrapers, "Go Ravens!"...
Posted by Melissa Otterbein 1 year 37 weeks ago
“Your body is a wrapped lollipop. When you have sex with a man, he unwraps your lollipop and sucks on it. It may feel great at the time, but, unfortunately, when he’s done with you, all you have left...