Most recently published stories in Humans.
Invisible Chronic Illnesses
So a friend or family member has an invisible chronic illness and all you seem to do is upset them? It feels like you're constantly walking on eggshells and you can't do anything right. Well here's some things you probably shouldn't say if you want to improve that relationship:Rebecca Gannon
White and the Slightly Darker One
What's my take on interracial relationships? In the Philippines, I grew up knowing people who weren't in love in the most romantic way. Family members viewed love not as love in itself but rather as a necessity or a way to survive. It was so rare to see people who were "in love." It was frequent and normal that broken marriages stayed broken because the idea of a complete family was ideal. Anything about being left or raising children alone kicked a distasteful judgment. The kind of love I saw around my elders didn't entail sweetness, and if it ever did, they never told.Thea Vanessa
Where do I begin? I guess I should start at the beginning. It all started back in 2015. I had just moved back to Washington State from Arizona with my oldest and dearest friend. We rented a small room for a few months together. Turned out my friend didn't care for the rain, so she went back to Arizona. I didn't want to leave, I wanted to stay and make it work out.
5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Seek Revenge on Your Ex-Boyfriend
Heartbreak is a bitch. We have all had our hearts broken. Have you ever had your heart broken in a way that makes you so angry, all you can think about is seeking revenge on your ex-boyfriend? Maybe he cheated on you, and that single friend of his, whom you only met a few times, was looking extremely cute the last time you saw him at a party, and you are thinking about giving him a call? Maybe your ex broke up with you in a cruel way, so you feel the need to blast all his secrets all over your Facebook or Twitter, or whatever social media account you have the most of his friends and family on.Beth Gibbons
Life's Twist and Turns
The road is well traveled. You are settled in and starting to slow down, even planning to start resting and relaxing more. Then in a blink of an eye it all changes. There are no more easy nights with your partner, talking about your day and what you did or didn't get done. It's just over, and you realize you miss it, how much you would give to go back to that struggle and not face the new one you are presented with. To just want the rat race you once couldn't wait to get out of, because now that you have all the time to enjoy life together, it is just too hard to find the enjoyment. This new roller coaster is too curvy and its twist and turns too rough. Throwing you and your world upside down, back and forth, and too rocky to take it slow. You both want it to end as soon as possible and go on forever because in the end what you can have isn't the one you want. Never knowing just what it is you're praying for but knowing you just gotta pray, wanting to scream but unable to find your voice, cry but no tears left... this is what we are living.maxine Petro
Starting with a poorly-drawn stereotypical depiction of male/female communication styles is just an icebreaker, I promise. As always, I want to share personal and clinical experience to shed light on real-life issues many of us have encountered. I used men and women in this example, but it certainly isn't as black and white as some people still believe. Strong and conscious communication can be applied across the board and transcends gender, sexual orientation, and cultural norms.Michael Thielmann
I'm homeless, I'm alone and homeless. My name is John Kennedy, I'm only 19 and I was thrown out of my home by my mother. She loved me, I know she did, but she was tired of my act of drinking while underage. I'm a teenager, what can you expect from me?
Love and a Ruler's Distance
I have been in a relationship for 2 years and 2 months now. Why is this important? My partner lives in the United States of America, in a state that is only known if you have watched it in a musical, if you have watched the news when a tornado has touched down (and/or if you're a storm chaser) or if you live there. It's not the most well known, it's what some people would call a "fly-over state" because it doesn't have the beach (it's land locked), and it's not one of those MUST visit states. It does, however, boast having Route 66 running right through it and, if you know where to find it, you will find this AMAZING soda store where you can find any soda you want (although at the time I visited, they did not have Schweppes Lemonade).Rhia Williams
I’ve just finished watching The Keepers. I would advise everyone to try and see this extraordinary seven part docuseries. It seems to tell the story of the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik in 1969. But really it also reveals a painful and terrible legacy of sexual abuse, perpetrated principally by Father Joseph Maskell, on a variety of female students at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore. This legacy of sexual abuse is corroborated by Charles Franz, a male child victim of Maskell’s. Horrifically, we learn as the documentary progresses that his corroborating story was specifically and maliciously kept from Jean Wehner, when she and another victim sued the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1994 for $40 million.Felicity Harley
Retribution: Chapter 1
Algiers, 1917 Guillaume Lerou had been told not to go into the Casbah because there was fever, which was often the case in Algiers when the wetter and colder weather came around. His comrades had warned him about the outbreak because of his frequent visits to the home, and the bed, of a pretty native girl named Émilie Hussain.Rachel Lesch
A Practical Guide to Feigning Confidence When You Are Shy
“Scientists have found the gene for shyness. They would have found it years ago, but it was hiding behind a couple of other genes.”—Jonathan KatzMadawna Bristow
Lost... Never Found
1987 Here, she was a young lady, about 11 or 12. It was a hard year for this young girl. Her dad died (grandfather). He was the only true positive father figure she ever had. He taught her so many wonderful lessons. He made her do things in life such as fishing. She did not like it but she did it anyway. Her grandpa was just trying to keep her out of trouble and not follow the same lifestyle her parents had with their alcoholism and their addiction to drugs. Along with her grandmother she learned so much. They showed her real love, real life...Angela Baerthel