The Word in “Hereditary”
The world is made of language. The word is primary, more primary than the speed of light, more primary than any of the physical constants that are assumed by science to be the bedrock of reality. — Terence McKenna, Shamans Among The Machines
Mantan Moreland was almost one of The Three Stooges
The Three Stooges: There could have been a black one Mantan Moreland was an African American actor born September 3, 1902 and passed away on September 28, 1973. He was a comedian who was most popular during the 1930s and 1940s. He starred in a numner of films includign Cabin in the Sky where his hair was pointed like horns and he portrayed Lucifer Jr. The actor was well known for his comedic timing and the way he bulged his eyes. Mantan did Broadway and also toured Europe.
Tapping Into the Core of Me
Much to my surprise nearly a decade ago I participated in my first big obstacle race. The first of two Tough Mudders (and I did a Spartan for good measure). It wasn’t something I ever thought of myself doing back then, until a friend decided she wanted to lose weight and her goal was to complete a TM. She dragged a group of us into her goal and I found myself committing to it, no matter how ridiculous it sounded. In the end she didn’t do the race but the rest of us did. Somewhat unexpectedly I found I loved it. When the event came back the following year, I was happy to jump right back into that starting pit.
10 Strange Creatures That May Be Out There
Most of our world remains unexplored, so what otherworldly creatures rule the skies, lurk in the darkest depths of the ocean, in the densest of forests or even are lurking under our feet? Here are 10 strange creatures that may be out there.
The Roundest Birds I've Ever Seen
The bearded tit has a silly name. But that’s okay, because it is a silly bird. This name is both titter-inducing and inaccurate — the species is technically called a ‘bearded reedling’ and is not in the tit family at all. Yet, British bird enthusiasts are a stubborn — and easily amused — bunch, so the colloquial ‘bearded tit’ has stuck.
Dear Coffee Haters. Please, Stop Throwing Shade in My Cup.
Whenever I am forced to go out or rush through my coffee ritual, I dread it. I would rather skip it altogether than drink it in one gulp.
Andrew Garfield Brings Stage To Screen With ‘tick, tick…Boom!’
Andrew Garfield has traded in his Spider-Man suit for one of a struggling musical writer. The musical tick, tick…BOOM! was adapted to film by director Lin Manuel Miranda, screenwriter Steven Levenson, and choreographer Ryan Heffington. tick, tick…BOOM! was released in select theaters on November 12 and was released on Netflix to all audiences on November 19. Since then, it has been taking the internet by storm as fans of musicals, Andrew Garfield, and Lin Manuel Miranda devour the hottest musical movie today.
I fear happiness
"Happiness is not out there, it's in you." As I've grown older I begin to realize many things about myself, but one I hadn't yet realized was my fear to be happy. I suppose in my subconscious mind I had always known, but it's now made its way to the forefront. I was watching a video on Youtube titled "Why I am afraid to be happy." by Kari Morton. If you have time I would definitely go and watch it, really gets you thinking.
Everything’s Going Well in Your Life but You Feel Miserable. Here’s Why
Yesterday was objectively a good day. I woke up naturally at 7:30 am, read with my first cup of coffee of the day, meditated, journaled, wrote just over 1,000 words for my book, wrote a post for Medium, and found out that one of my articles was getting more views than usual. Then I had lunch, took a short nap, tackled some freelance deadlines, and celebrated the end of my day reading in the grass while sipping a ginger beer in the Buttes-Chaumont park. Finally, my girlfriend came home from work and we spent the evening together.
When Your 'Enough' is Not Good Enough
The age-old questions of self-love! How come I feel like I’m never enough? How can I love myself? How can I love myself… more?
The Remarkably Real ChallengeSupported by: Charles & Colvard
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Enter our biggest Challenge yet: 25 winners, $125,000 in prizes, and Vocal's first ever book of short stories by our creators.$5,000 Grand Prize31 days left
The Scarlet MacawSupported By: Untamed Photographer
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Creators We’re Loving
Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Creator Spotlight: Justin Douglas Lee
Justin Douglas Lee is a writer and poet who covers everything from science fiction, to music reviews, dog content, and reflections on his experiences with homelessness and mental illness. While it was his fiction that drew us in initially, one look at Justin's poetry and non-fiction pieces kept us engaged and confirmed his talent as an all-around creator.
Creator Spotlight: Casey Promise Thompson
Casey Promise Thompson is a mixed media artist, writer, and poet based out of Nashville, Tennessee. A studied virtuoso in the visual arts, Casey came to Vocal in pursuit of a new form of artistry—one that's been reluctantly placed on the back burner since middle school. Writing has always offered Casey a different sense of expression, and now she finds herself engrained in the endlessly supportive Vocal community.
Creator Spotlight: Tom Bradbury (In Memoriam)
Tom Bradbury was everything we could have asked for in a Vocal creator. He was diligent and intentional with his craft—always putting every ounce of genuine effort into his stories. He was a knowledgeable and patient resource to others—always teaching and lending a helping hand to fellow creators. He was brilliantly himself—always an authentic glimmer in the greater spectrum of creators on Vocal.
Introducing the Vocal+ Fiction Awards
Since the launch of Challenges nearly two years ago, our mission has remained consistent: inspire great stories and put money directly into the hands of our most unique, innovative creators. Now, we're celebrating two huge milestones simultaneously. As of this week, over 100,000 stories have been entered into Challenges, and we have given away over $500,000 directly to our creators. That's one hundred thousand ways to inspire, and a half a million reasons to celebrate your creativity.
Creator Spotlight: Poems by Kiesha
Poems by Kiesha is a project by creator Kiesha Solanki, an independently published poet who, in the span of only four months, has made a name for herself as one of over 27,000 creators in Vocal's Poets community.
Creator Spotlight: Call Me Les
Lesley Leatherdale, or "Call Me Les" as she's known on Vocal, is a model creator—plain and simple. Gravitating around her larger-than-life presence on Vocal exists a collection of creator resources and auxiliary communities; each serving to promote the same creator-first environment we strive to foster.