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By Proud ViM ProductionsPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 4 min read
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It not about us, its about them, their words and their talent, so without any rambling, in no discernible order PViM's 'Top Notes' this week:

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Sandra Matos

She Wants to Fall in Love

Written from the perspective of a mother of a queer daughter, this heartfelt reflection explores the resonance of, 'The Indigo Girls' song "Country Radio". The piece articulates the feelings of invisibility and longing for representation that many in the LGBTQIA+. community face, making it a significant 'must listen' for anyone trying to find their place in the world.

We are not only encouraged to listen to the song as a musical experience but also on a deeper level. A conversation about love, acceptance, and the freedom to exist as we are and as who we are. A heartfelt read filled with the strength of a mother’s love and the strong, determined spirit of her daughter as she moves into young adulthood.

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Caroline Craven

Something Blue

Offering up a dark and deeply unsettling taxi journey, this disconcerting story journeys through the harsh realities of a relationship underpinned by control and abuse. Told from an unconventional perspective, a broken tragedy of a toxic relationship unravels. Despite slanting sharply towards the darkness, the ending offers up a powerful message about the value of self-worth and perhaps, the kindness of a stranger. Masterful storytelling, a priority read for anyone looking for words to make the mind ponder life, love, the universe and all the things in between.

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Lindsay Sfara

Toxic Bullies

Another emotionally rich offering, Lindsay presents a touching story that explores the themes of both vulnerability and resilience as well as the courage it takes to seek out change. Told with compassion and a deftness of pen the anguish of a child is mirrored by an adult who has also experienced bullying – a connection that creates a powerful bond through the realisation of a shared pain. Seemingly simple, its brilliance is hidden in the complexities of the ideas it presents. Learning to walk away from the toxicity of a situation as an adult – with all the reasons to stay tethering us to it juxtaposed with the innocence of a child’s perspective. Wisdom and peace are not always found in enduring but oftentimes in recognising when to step away and create a new reality. A touchingly hopeful message.

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kp

Aaron Bushnell. Free Palestine.

A heartbreaking piece, published as a feature for PViM, kp presents a powerful statement on the self-immolation of Aaron Bushnell aiming to highlight the urgency and desperation of the situation in Palestine. Kp offering a challenge for us collectively to reconsider our perceptions of protest suicides and to wake up to the way in which western media often depoliticises and minimises the intent behind such acts.

An important and challenging piece for anyone who is open to stepping away from societal narratives and are seeking to understand on a deeper level. Enlightening and shocking, it is an extremely powerful tribute to those who have sacrificed for their convictions.

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

True Strength/The Power Of My Mother's Calm

Personified as the dragon within, this thoughtful poem explores the power of the legacy of family women, the embodiment of both the gentleness of a caring mother and the fiery heart of a dragon. A tribute to the silent warriors in our lives, the mothers and grandmothers who lead by example; taking the hands and minds of their children not with loud words but with actions and gentle resolve.

A rich and powerful thank you to the women who have shaped us, the inner dragons they nurture, and the indomitable spirit within all of us. An inspiring and heartfelt read for anyone needing a little hope and inspiration.

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Dallee and Canva Cobbled

Thursday Thoughts...The power of language,

Toni Morrison,as always say it all better:

We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.

The transformative and empowering ability of language is a gift to humanity and we have found it, treasured it and are nurturing it. Through the act of writing, speaking, and engaging with words we can move beyond communication; empowering ourselves and others as we live our creative journey. We are thankful to all of you, for your support and for your words.

ℭ𝔢𝔩𝔦𝔞 𝔘𝔫𝔡𝔢𝔯𝔩𝔞𝔫𝔡

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  • ROCK 3 months ago

    Way to go for Top Picks!

  • sleepy drafts3 months ago

    Amazing picks, ViM!!

  • ROCK 3 months ago

    I am diving in; lots of gems to discover here!

  • I've only read Lindsay'd and Caroline's story. I'll circle back when I have time to check out the others!

  • Caroline Craven3 months ago

    I’m so glad you wrote this. I have now discovered some fantastic stories and some amazing writers. Thank you.

  • Excellent shares and in depth analysis of the people that matter here

  • Lindsay Sfara3 months ago

    These are beautiful stories (and I was not expecting to be one of them 😂). Thank you for sharing them!

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