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Yuvoice

Photo courtesy of Daphne Kasriel
As I find myself in a very difficult time in Israel, where I live, this is a deliberately slow-paced ode to my journey to Ithaka....
The World Is Voting: What Are You Waiting For?
Whew, 2024 is a whirlwind election year. With over 64 countries voting, few places are untouched by political discussion. Every adult I know in the US has a political opinion...
Treehouse- Project Play
When thinking about services for refugees and displaced people, we often consider food, clothing, shelter, and medical aid. Rarely do we think about play. Yet, “Play is essential for children’s...
a man rock climbing
I obtained a master’s degree in environmental science, the crowning climax of my educational saga. However, with 2020 blindsiding us with the COVID-19 pandemic, what should have been my golden...
the sun setting in the ocean with a small ship in the water
Approaching the coast of the North Carolina Outer Banks, Ray slowed the sailboat to a stop, reeled in the sails with the main halyard, and tossed the anchor overboard. The...
an asian woman holding her forearm over her eyes
After my first Chinese lesson as an adult, I called my Grandma to tell her what I had learned. I speak my mother’s language — the language of the country...
Woman Falling into Water
I’ve thought about The way the wind would whip my hair Away from my face just seconds before I find my end there On the rocks below Before your very...
a silhouette of a woman standing in front of windows
It’s hard feeling depressed. And it's really hard to be a depressed mother. It takes a lot of effort to get up in the morning and much more effort to...
apartment buildings in the city of Tainan, Taiwan
On the rooftop terrace, we talked about traveling; things like finding stylish and affordable accommodation through online searches, riding bicycles around small towns usually missed by annoying crowds of tourists,...
Anonymous woman with tied hands against gray background
The echo of heels and dress and shoes, fills the silence outside my room. I will meet the doctor tomorrow....
a photo of a PawsUp staff member holding three puppies
"When 20 people showed up at our 0.3 acre property during the 2020 COVID lockdown, I thought it was the best thing that ever happened to us," said founder Jay...
baking utensils next to a towel with heart designs on it
As years go by, I spend more and more time making memories in my grandma’s kitchen. It took me a long time to realize that food is how she shows...
leaves with rainbows on the ground
It was a hot day in the Colorado oil fields. The hottest day of the year. Robert stood on the platform of the new oil drill his company had just...
woman hugging boy on her lap
The morning of the first Tuesday of December, I was staying at my uncle's house because, until the night before, we had had a very unstable week. Otherwise, I'm not...
a portrait of a woman with a mask over her face
A vision of seduction, a slim waist, Her fit physique an invitation, To explore the longings your heart craves, Her energy is your new fixation....
Landscape view of mountains
We walked quietly, my brother and I, our footfalls barely audible through the serried leaves, even to us. We were deep in the Kiamichi Mountains, seemingly away from civilization. Better...
Silhouette of a Person Standing in Hallway
When you discover a secret, you have two options. I say “discover” because a secret is not made to be found out, except only by accident. I say “when” because...
an image of a man sitting in an ice cream shop
I’ve been in the telecoms field for the last 20 years and writing for the last five. During my professional life, I have sat through multiple job interviews, all held...

Her

colorful chairs stacked on top of each other in front of a coffee shop window
"You are so talented and smart. The dexterity in your work is astonishing. You, my dear, are going to be a star." These were my mother's words to me as...
footsteps standing on pavement with two arrows; one pointing left and the other pointing right
You are not alone, I am just as confused as you are. My life hasn't always been the way I wanted it to be. I hated business studies in my...
scenic picture of downtown city in Kyoto, Japan.
Two passports. Two last names. Two identities. From a very early age, my life has been characterized by how I am half-American and half-Japanese. In elementary school, my mom tried...
Image of Primrose Hill at night
I was at Primrose Hill, in Camden, London at the time of 16-year-old Harry Pittman’s murder on New Year’s Eve last week....
grayscale photo of human hand
I wish that I was traumatized like people in movies are traumatized I wish that other people could escape into my sad story to hide from their own I wish...
Two women sitting and chatting with each other with smiles on their face
‘Life is full of ups and downs,’ we have all heard this....
a close up of a flower in black and white color
Seas. Escapades. Journeys. These are the things one lives for. These are the things that Melissa Jennings’s mother wanted her to strive for. When she did, she found herself in...
hands clasped together on someone's lap in a subway
Sifting through multitudes of strangers, Longing for a familiar face, a smiling acceptance, An existence away from home, Calls for a course correction, isn’t it?...
a collection of Christmas cards by Viviana
The world moves on, times change, and technology continues to invade our lives. Yet every year, as Christmas approaches, I open the “box of memories” where I keep not only...
waves crashing on rocks
some days are tidal waves knocking me breathless i gasp for air that won't fill my lungs drowning in the waters of worry...
black and white image of a woman writing on a piece of paper
An experienced immigrant, da Penha personally understands the challenges faced by migrant women. Native to Brazil, she has also lived in Portugal, Italy, and Cape Verde before settling in her...
Inside view of a building from the ground looking up towards all the floors and ceiling
Emile scowled theatrically at the mirror. His imagination ran wild with unearned pride. That’s how I’ll look, he thought. That’s how I’ll look when I march up to receive that...
Enoch standing next to his friend
Many, at times, think we see a ray of hope to comfort our emotions and whittle down the volcanic cloud of our sadness. But unfortunately, our sense of love and...
an out stretched hand with a diamond hovering over it
Society doesn’t like people like me, like you. Do you ever find yourself caught in the worry that your diverse passions could lead to confusion in people around you? Your...
art work by Thainá
my mind always thinks it's a competition, between me and my intuition, repeating over and over lies I can't deny, but on them, I rely....
A group of women sitting in the Maka forest villa
He hears them. They speak to him constantly. No, not in his head. The voices speak to him in the breeze, the creeks, the leaves, the rocks, the soil, and...
a woman's eye with tears coming down in black and white
What's a good picture for you? mine is the one in which I’m the happiest. it’s fascinating how the parts of us that we don’t appreciate enough are the parts...
Belén and her friend enjoying themselves at the beach
Have you ever traveled in your mind? Because I did, and it was life-changing....
a colorful sculpture of an elephant
By the time she was nine, Chloe was well on her way to becoming a really, really spoiled brat. As an only child, she got her way with almost everything....
photo of Nargiz Mammadzada looking off to the side
I am Nargiz Mammadzada, a young woman who moved from Azerbaijan to Poland at the age of 23 during the COVID pandemic’s most frightening period. I left my family, friends...
lone sunflower growing in a field
To the one who has arrived Bringing lucidity to an interrupted- And wandering life That was once tribulated, But is now contented...
type writer
hell is a dank, dark basement apartment once a home for two but now only housing one who perpetually breathes in mildew while learning the meaning of the phrase 'crawling...
woman and her reflection all fuzzy in front of her
SANE: A word I have never quite been acquainted with. I was brought up by someone who physically used my head to punish the walls of the house she found...
old photographs in an album
A ghost of a smile Graced my lips, Gazing at old faded photos of us I missed, Younger days have gone so fast. Truly good times never last....
Mother holding her child in front of an alien spaceship
The invasion happened 40 years ago, in 2027. Big, oval-shaped metal ships appeared out of the sky. It’s hard for anyone to think that on that day, millions of lives...
silhouette of two people having a conversation with the sunsetting in the background
I told her about an experience I had, of mystical ideas. She said to me in Yiddish “Ken nisht herren” (Can’t hear it.) She didn’t want to hear about it,...
Woman holding tape measure around her stomach area
A number is just a number, Which is a popular belief. Simple as that- Yet when you saw a different number on the scale- it changes everything....
A woman facing the bar and ordering a drink
Working in a pub encourages drinking. For some, this is a dream. For others, a nightmare....
a woman standing in the middle of a lake.
I was accepted into the doctoral program and was offered a full scholarship. Most people would have immediately accepted. But I didn’t....
Several hands clasped together, one old and one young
“Are you sure you want to go visit Grandma T? It might be difficult for you to see her this way,” my grandma, whom I call “Oma,” asked me. “Why?”...
Jordan Luz and his students from English 100; class picture
My first day of teaching still haunts me to this day. Not because it was a bad experience, although there were many things I would do differently if I could,...
Dinner table set with food, candles, wine
On the Italian island of Sardinia, where I was born and still live, there has always been a deep-rooted belief that on the night of November 1 and 2, the...
Woman wearing a blue dress and she is blindfolded
There is so much within her, she deems unspeakable. A restlessness, long muted, vibrating undercurrents beneath her skin....
Yellow school bus parks beneath the palm trees for shade and waits for the end of the school day to transport children back to their hones.
Ho brah, your breath is haunas, dawg. Ever heard of one tooth brush? Da ting smell so crip, garans gon make somebody make. Not even. Not as hauna as your...
City shot of Vietnam with people walking holding umbrellas
Two things: 2 iron nails run in smoke. Frosty morning sunshine Overexposed B&W: at Loe Bar Red: Red Alley Sunset...
Single hand holding measuring tape, with the tape wrapped around the hand
Men questioning women today is the norm. Why? Because less freedom means less opportunities to make the ‘wrong choice,’ I guess. The freedom we have today presses their buttons because...
Black and white image of a woman leaning her head against the window
Turning from the busy conundrum of a dream full of lies, A bittersweet goodbye; Passion so strong Somehow feels so wrong, A meaningless feat, Undeniable defeat;...