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Nostalgia and Hunger
This roundup begins and ends with stories about food. We didn't plan it. It just happened that way. It's fitting though, isn't it? Humanity begins at home, and often enough, it begins around the table. For many, the best memories start with the smell of food wafting from the kitchen. For others, that smell is a reminder of those who failed to show up for dinner.
If You Can't Fly...
Much like the rest of 2020, this week has felt more like a month than a mere seven days. It's tough out there right now, but for the next 10 minutes, we're going to do our best to help you cope. If you can't handle this decade anymore and want to get lost in a 50s retrospective, read on; we've got you. If you need some fresh advice to prep for a slowly reopening world of casual dating, read on; we've got you. If you're reeling from the passing of Chadwick Boseman and want to pay your respects to his many contributions, read on; we've got you.
At its core, Vocal is a platform where creators can be outspoken, creative, and compensated for their many talents. A few weeks ago, we asked the community at Vocal to be just that: Vocal. At the same time, we love to see our community take it a step further and push their creativity to new heights. Largely inspired by our challenges, many creators have been adding layers of complexity and intrigue to their work, as well as including rich media to complement their words. We couldn't be more excited to share more of our favorite stories with you.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us ...
Take Time to Be
Another fortnight has passed. You probably haven't heard "fortnight" used like this in a long time, but hey, it meant "two weeks" long before it meant "wildly addicting MMO game." Anyway, we're the moderation team at Vocal, and it's time for another roundup of stories that we loved!
Every week, we ask the Vocal community to be just that: vocal. Be vocal about injustice. Be vocal about inequality. Be vocal about climate change, mental health, unemployment, heartbreak — the words you share can touch thousands as we brave these difficult times together.
Voices For Change
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe, and the people heard his cries. In the weeks to follow, millions took to the streets, the courthouses, and the web to lend their voices to the chants echoing throughout Minnesota, the United States, and the entire world, extending allegiance to those affected and demanding justice from those in power.
Vocal Verified—Artist Guide: Photography
On the surface, photography seems very simple. All we see photographers do is aim the camera, maybe adjust the lens a couple times, and push the button—so it must be simple, right?
Vocal Verified—Journey to Love
Figuring out if someone realizes you exist is a problem. If said someone does, figuring out their feelings for you is also a problem. So is coming up with ideas for a first date, and then there's the question of whether or not they sleep with socks on.
Vocal Verified—Drinking Destinations
From exquisite wines to hoppy brews to one-of-a-kind cocktails, there's so much to explore in terms of the wide array of alcoholic beverages available for consumption. Whether grabbing a drink casually with an old friend or celebrating a special occasion, there's a certain sense of satisfaction gained when we discover that one beer or cocktail will become our new go-to drink. And with breathtaking vineyards, extraordinary breweries, and eccentric new bars popping up across the country, the options seems endless when it comes to experimenting and discovering amazing new beverages.
Vocal Verified—Animated Films
From the beginning of the 20th century to present day, animated films have held a special place in our hearts and in the cinematic universe. Movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles have dominated the box office and controlled our emotions. No matter your age, you can be neither too old nor too young to enjoy these classic animated films. Contrary to popular belief, these movies are more than just hypnotic entertainment. These films tend to carry out a significant underlying message ingrained in the plot. Animated films such as Inside Out, Coraline, and Moana all entertain the viewer while emphasizing a deep message throughout the story.
Vocal Verified—Life After Graduation
It's graduation season, and thousands of students are walking across the stage to grab their diplomas and run off to the next stage of their lives. Some may downplay that diploma as a fancy piece of paper with pretty writing, but it represents years of hard work and persistence. More than that, it represents how much the student has grown, the experiences they've had, and the obstacles they've overcome. Everyone's experienced the pain of crunch time, and we all know how much dedication it takes to get to morning classes on time. When you have your diploma in one hand and you're throwing your graduation cap into the air with the other, it's important to remember that all those hours spent were worth it in the end.