Real Life Stories

“I want life. I want to read it and write it and feel it and live it. I want, for as much of the time as possible in this blink-of-an-eye existence we have, to feel all that can be felt.”

erika sauter

USA Today Network. Iowa County. Journal Tribune. Pioneer-Republican. I write stories, snap photographs and farm. →

Latest Posts

Letters to Friends and the Motherfucking Sad

Isolation isn’t a choice. It’s a symptom.

Hiding Inside the Pages of a Book

Vacations and getaways are great but what happens when you need to escape yourself?

Why I Struggle to Allow Others to Love Me

The loneliness and liberation of life without (IRL) friends.

I Identify As Strong

Fashion, face paint and all things “girly” may be a stereotypical representation of my gender but my human instinct is to persevere.

The Studio Arts Company

Where it all began and why it still continues to this day

Do No Harm

How We Treat Our Employees Reflects Who We Are.

She Told Me She Didn’t Know the Answers to the Interview Questions

Fresh out of college and no field experience, her honesty was the reason I hired her.

Do We Really Care About Our Privacy?

I live in a society where the standard norm is to post your life online, and demand your privacy, too.

Long Before Sunrise

A compilation of data and lessons learned after keeping a journal of my morning productivity for an entire year

Lead by Example

Because the only thing we have control over is ourselves


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