Most recently published stories in Humans.
4 Life Lessons I Learned During COVID
Was there anyone who didn’t struggle in some way during Covid? Probably not. And the threat isn’t over, but I am moving forward with the things I’ve learned over the past year and a half.
We Get What We Get...
Miss Teacher told us one morning, while we sat on the floor in front of her kneading Play-Doh in our hands, “G-d made man from mud!”
Mary's ❀ Marigold.
A West Texas mother has fallen victim to a parent's nightmare. Her “perfect” 20-year-old daughter has fallen into the grips of a not-so-perfect boyfriend. Not physically, but mentally.
Haunted by the consistent beeps and noises that sweep through my mind: Stephanie is still there. She was so angry that night in 1995, and it’s still hard to wrap my mind around the accident! Sitting by my best friend in a comatose state, and staring at you Janie, as you tell me the story….
On Simone Biles
I’ve seen quite a few posts and articles about Simone Biles, so I figured I’d add my take to the mix. I’ll start by saying that no one is on the same level as Simone Biles when it comes to gymnastics. I’m sure she’s deficient in some areas of her life like maybe she’s a terrible speller or always burns her grilled cheese, but she is arguably one of the greatest athletes ever to compete when it comes to gymnastics.
3 Formidable Fairytale Heroes for the Child-Free: Mary Poppins — Fairy Godmother — & Peter Pan’s Wendy
“Mary Poppins,” he cried, “you’ll never leave us, will you?” ― P.L. Travers, Mary Poppins It Begins I sipped half a glass of red wine at one o’clock today. Then, I started vacuuming the fabulous apartment where I live alone. A tune popped into my head; the singing began.
The Myth of Meritocracy
The writings of Jo Littler from the book “Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power, and Myths of Mobility” will be discussed in terms of how the myth of meritocracy has been incorporated into American society and how this insidious myth conceals and rationalizes inequality in the United States. Several key aspects of meritocracy will be investigated.
There is a large cliff at Mantegna Falls, a steep and rocky climb. My fingers barely grip each small crevice, and my toes cling to every diminutive overhang as I pull my body up the face of a massive rock. At the top, I am too out of breath and too dizzy from the steep drop to remember why I have put forth so much effort. I only pause for a moment to take in the majestic view of mountains divided by this river pushing through between the rocks, and the tops of all these old trees staring up at me. The waterfall is to the right, sill towering over me, blessing me with mist as it falls 20 meters below. Its urgency to continue on its broken path is loud and distracts my thoughts from the task at hand. I step out to on the ledge; shaking as a few small pebbles roll past my white-knuckled toes and tumble down, vanishing into the cloud of vapor. There is no turning back, for there is no other way to get down off this ledge but to jump. Every second spent looking into the depths below makes it 100 times more difficult to rationalize this daring fete. Eyes closed tight, lips pressed tightly together as if not to let a word of good reason slip past. I push off the rock until there is nothing but air and drops of water pushing back at the souls of my feet. I am suspended for what seems like hours, heavy as I fall, feeling as if I will never reach the pool of water that awaits me. Screams cannot escape my lips. There is no time for fear, only to fall. When I finally hit the water, it is like hitting a brick wall, but the sensation is euphoric. Blissful happiness and relief fight through feelings of exhaustion and terrifying apprehension. This mix of emotion, this level of complete and utter exhaustion, is how I can best describe the weekend of my Teka.
How Yarn Helped Me Find Myself and My Community
I liked my life there. I liked myself too. I was a single mom with a preschooler who made the bold move to emigrate from Russia to Finland to get her Master’s of Arts degree. The move wasn’t easy, but I found a place where I felt like I belonged. I was developing, creating, and living up to my potential.
5 Things to Consider Before Entering a Writing Contest
Vocal Media has come under fire again. Recently, the writing platform announced a Summer Fiction Series: eight fiction writing challenges for a chance to win up to $5000.
Is internet dating in your fifties a brilliant choice?
You never dream you would be unmarried at 50. When you imagined your future you thought of jobs, children, relationship; nowhere was being single a prospect. But here you are, in a world where dating is a huge minefield and venturing into it leaves you cold.
6 Green Flags You Should Look Out for When Dating Someone New
I see a lot of dating pieces talking about red flags. They are important, I agree - you should pay attention to the “oh-ho” signals your date gives, even (or especially) the subtle ones. However, don’t disregard the green flags; the signals that show you might have found one of “the good ones”.