Most recently published stories in Humans.
Finding a Healing Mantra
Two years after my life took a downward spiral, I channeled a mantra in order to help me heal. A mantra is a word, sound or phrase you repeat to calm the mind, tune into the soul and to connect to the universe. The word “Mantra” is a Sanskrit word meaning “Man” and “Tra” (to transport). Mantras help you to transport the mind and look inward for healing.
Red is for the blood that every man bleeds. There is no black, brown or white blood, just red. It means we all bleed the same. Red means life. Red is also my favorite color. The red in the the American flag stands for the blood shed for freedom, maybe the red in the LGBTQ flag stands for the same. I am unique because of this color. All of the colors of the flag mean something. But red stands out.
Christmas Tree Bracelet
Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was living in Providence, Rhode Island and attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. I had a dear friend (whom we shall call “Ed” to protect his dignity as he is a stuffy, respected professor at a large university now).
This is a short story I originally wrote in Wattpad for their fundraising partnership my Maybelline for mental health awareness month. The requirements on Wattpad are for it to be under 500 words. Vocal’s requirements are to be over 600 words. So there’s a few changes. You can find the original version on Wattpad. My username there is Chloboshoka.
I came late to the adult coloring game. I watched the proliferation of hyper-detailed coloring books (some featuring amusing levels of elaborate profanity), the fancy sets of markers, and the inevitable thinkpieces about why Millennials seemed to be so into coloring books these days. (The dominant theories seemed to be that either we're so infantilized by our participation-trophy upbringings that we're desperately clinging to our childhoods, or that the adult life of the average Millennial has been so laden with national traumas - 9/11, the 2008 recession, the pandemic - that we're desperately clinging to our childhoods.)
I long for a long life because I am in love with you
On the next hospital bed, there was an old lady who was as thin as a bone. She is more than eighty years old, her cheeks are sunken, her features are hidden in wrinkles, and only a layer of skin is shaking all over her body. When I noticed her, the old lady was fighting with the doctors and nurses, accompanied by her partner who was constantly comforting her.
The Panting Wall
The Panting Wall A wall with a bunch of canvas, that have paintings on them, in my room. The panting wall is my pride and joy. It has been a long time in the making, well since 2016, and even now I am still working on it. The panting wall consists of different paintings, the majority of them are rainbows, from different years. It looks like a three-year-old painted all of them because I can’t paint whatsoever. That makes it even more fun though. It just lets you try out different styles that you never knew were possible. But I just use my imagination and then put it on a canvas.
31 Inspiring (and Practical) Quotes on Keeping a Relationship Alive
Relationships can be amazing - but they can also be hard. And even when they're at their best; when we feel those butterflies, that unfailing support and that loving commitment - they're still - work. Below are 31 quotes on keeping a relationship alive, all followed by questions to get you taking practical action towards a happier relationship or marriage.
The dog that refused to leave in front of the casket at the funeral
After the death of George Bush Sr, memorials were held all over the world to bid him farewell. One photo caught everyone's attention and received more than 230,000 likes. A Labrador dog quietly lying in front of the casket of Bush Sr. with a sad expression, it was heartbreaking to watch. The figure of this Labrador also appeared at the funeral of George Bush Sr. as if he was saying a final goodbye to Bush Sr.
Embracing The Rain
Embracing The Rain Since childhood, Cara Burgess had a keen eye for spotting details. She grew up on a farm 50 miles outside of London, where she would go on long walks with her mum, Beth. Her mum had moved from Australia to the UK in the sixties after she inherited a farm from a deceased distant relative. Beth’s family, sheep breeders who lived hundreds of kilometres away from other houses, endured the wilderness. When Beth’s mum, Sarah, went into labour four weeks before the due date, the Flying Doctors arrived on time but didn’t expect twins. The baby girl weighed 3.250 kg and screamed on arrival. Her little brother came 5 minutes later, strangled by his own umbilical cord. Her entire life, Beth carried the impossible burden to replace him. She sensed and battled her parents’ never-ending grief at having lost their only son. Leaving Australia with her newlywed husband twenty years later proved to be a relief, a fresh start to a bright future. But England’s winters revealed harsher than she had imagined. The old farmhouse, stable and fences needed constant repair. Problems mounted because money was tight and neighbours far away. Their only child grew up cheerful and sweet to counterbalance the parent’s daily fights. Their little girl never complained about boring potato dishes, feeding the chickens, or lacking friends. A simple decision to homeschool Cara. Isolation would protect her from long bus rides, being bullied, and later being taken away by social services.
Jump out of the comfort zone and meet your unknown self in the extreme cold
Two or three years after entering society, most people will form an exclusive comfort circle, and people will start to be lazy.
Symbiotic power, superpowers
After watching the movie "Venom", some viewers were excited, and I guess they all wanted to be infected by the venom from the alien planet for a while and have superpowers.