The Seven Year Old's Perfect Day
"What are you new years resolutions?" That used to be me, popping into your DM's like a fire-cracker, and daring you to tempt me with a dizzying display of your new-years resolution list, fully kitted with task prioritisation and plans for your quarterly follow-ups. You got that down? I expect it in my inbox by Monday.
This Is Why the Konmari Method Didn’t Work for My Neurodivergent Brain
When it comes to decluttering, I’ve tried everything. For most of my life, I failed at keeping my home tidy. I have Asperger’s syndrome and ADD. Like many people with ADHD, I often get excited about new things. A few years ago, I read Marie Kondos’ book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I was hooked. I completely immersed myself in the Konmari method.
Making Fabric from Metal
In medieval and ancient times, almost everything was either made by hand or with a limited amount of hand tools and pure elbow grease(this is fairly obvious, upon retrospect, since they used to call it the dark ages). From furniture to fabrics, carpentry to metalworking, laborers and skilled artisans alike had no electricity nor any advanced machinery to help them create their vision.
How to Fly with Two Wheels
Dear Stranger, You ask why I bike fast. Maybe you didn’t exactly ask, but your tone told me your comment was a question. Humans have long envied birds. We have an instinctive hunger to experience the unknown and push the limits of impossibility. In this instance, it manifests in a desire to harness the wind. We see the birds wheeling above; we see trees bending and snapping under the strength of simple air. And we want it. Children fly kites and make paper airplanes – when they grow up, they build jets and helicopters and hang gliders.
Three Affordable Electric Cars That Won’t Cost The Earth
Electric cars are the future of green travel. But many of the most popular electric cars currently on the market are, let’s face it, a little on the pricey side, with an average cost of £44,000.
My Big Adventure in Iceland
With my husband being more of an adrenaline junkie than me, I often push myself out of my comfort zone when planning our travels. And our December Iceland trip was no exception to the rule.
Venison Pepper Soup
Venison Pepper Soup is a hearty comfort food recipe made with peppers, ground venison, tomatoes, onions, garlic, oregano, basil, and rice and often topped with cheddar cheese or sour cream. It is very similar to stuffed bell peppers but much easier to make. It is the ideal soup for cold weather.
Vocal Heroes, I choose you
It takes great courage to bare ones soul, fully knowing that we are releasing our innermost and deepest pain, sorrow, shame, joy, disappointments and even failures, for all to see. Yet we do so every day, on this writing platform.
I Forgive You, Dad
I had a difficult relationship with my father, but not for same reason as other kids. I was not a rebellious rule-breaker and he was not overly strict or neglectful. He did not abuse me or my mother. He was always attentive, generous and ready to help. On outward appearances he was the kind of father my friends wished they had, yet I felt ashamed and guilty for wishing I had a ‘normal’ dad.
Coronasomnia. It's real and trust me, it's out to get you.
Lack of sleep has always been a common issue for me, of course; it isn’t necessarily an issue for everyone. Well, it wasn’t necessarily an issue for everyone until the pandemic.
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A New Look For Your Vocal Profile
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Creator Spotlight: Dane BH
Dane BH is a published poet and author based out of Massachusetts. A spiritual thinker and homey writer, Dane invites her readers in with somehow-familiar phrasing and prose. Like some of the greats, her work expresses the observations we know we've made, but just couldn't convey.
Creator Spotlight: 2021
Let's leave the obvious right where it is and talk about what 2021 wasn't. It wasn't a year shy of creativity; Suri Chan integrated her artwork into her poetry—creating a new layer of depth to her already-intriguing prose. No, it wasn't a year of missed opportunities; Call Me Les broadened resources and opportunities for engaged creators by founding The Vocal Social Society and the Vocal Creators Chronicle. 2021 wasn't a year when hidden gems remained unseen; the work of CJ Miller finally received the attention it deserved. It wasn't a year we took too seriously; Lindsay Rae Brown offered a lighter side to life with every story she shared. Though, it wasn't a year without legacy; Tom Bradbury left a legacy that will forever inspire creators in the Vocal community. It wasn't a year we took on alone; Culture Slate and People! Just say Something! exemplified the effectiveness of true collaborative efforts.
'Denouement Among the Lilies' — Vocal 2021 Year in Review
Last year, I wrote a reflection that spotlighted my favorite stories from 2020. Out of 35,000 stories, I chronicled the ones that stood out; the ones I remembered, logged in a Note on my phone, re-read more than twice, and ultimately shared in my personal iteration of "This Year on Vocal" because they were just too good to keep to myself. That reflection was titled "Am I Here," named after a poem that I will never forget.
We’ve always relied on our creators’ feedback to determine what comes next for Vocal. Since this past summer, we’ve been hard at work along with you, collecting that feedback via surveys and personal 1:1 interviews to get your take on our roadmap for the future. And as promised, there are some huge things we’re working on—all thanks to your input. Now, the first of these huge updates is finally here.
Creator Spotlight: Tammy Reese
Tammy Reese is driven to become the most well-rounded multimedia mogul that the entertainment industry has ever seen. As a celebrity interviewer here on Vocal, she's interviewed notable celebrities in music, entertainment, and pop culture such as Leon, Meagan Good Franklin, Slim & Mike from 112, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.