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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...

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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 presence brought A kind of happiness...
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 take...
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 someone...
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 most secrets...
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 junior...
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 that I...
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 the...
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 audience,...
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  most worthy of appreciation. and I...
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. Her...
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 and...
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 with bugs' as...
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 disappeared....
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?” I...
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, but...
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 body odor,...
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;...
Two monks about to ring a bell in a Korean temple
“It’s going to snow,” my temple tour guide, Seokun, told me. The grey clouds covered the sun, and the wind picked up, causing chimes to sound in the distance. Seokun...
The sun setting behind silhouette's of plants and flowers
One of the biggest lies we are told is that it is possible to live fully in the moment, but the truth is we never can. ...
A person's face covered with post it notes
Students are told they need to go to college or will never succeed.  I was also told this when I was in high school.  I wanted to go to college, but this...
Hands clasped together
Patients, diagnoses, and treatments are my life. As a medical intern, what else can I think of other than the whirlwind of patients?  New challenges and lessons are what each day brings,...
Doctor holding a stethoscope in the shape of a heart
How can we truly heal a patient's physical state without addressing how they feel? It is inevitable that all physicians, no matter the stage of their training, will unconsciously forget the...
Young child standing in the training staring out the window
Together, down a level he’s overly tense- Among the “normal people” with their loud staring silence... ...
Hand touching the surface of lake water
When I first discovered Lake McCarrons in my home state of Minnesota, I was around 17 or 18 years old. It was a holiday, and my mom, sisters, and brother...
Half of young woman's face next to half of an old woman's face
What I’m learning about women aging is we don’t do it alone – everything, from being able to gather dust  lines alongside us, trinkets, and trophies...
Wiam Najjar selfie shot with young students in a classroom
As a teacher, a member of a large family, and a feminist, I have always had crystal-clear notions about nurturing kids. For most of my teaching career, I’ve taught children...
hands clasped together
When he circles the roundabout, I am pressed against the car door, And it starts to hurt again....
Silhouette of a mother and young daughter sitting on the beach with the sunset in the background
Her mother told her when she was young – Be the kind of woman who can keep a family united. A woman who guards and protects fragile relationships, who cushions each family bond,...
silhouette of a head with crumpled papers floating above it
When I first started college, I always believed I would make something of myself. I would get a degree, see the world, and become a successful journalist. I had it...
Hands rolling thanaka
The first time I wore thanaka on my cheeks was when I went to kindergarten. It was actually one of my earliest memories. Back then, I didn’t care if I...
Someone's view of their sneakers standing on rainbow pavement
The Mid-May 2023 seizure of rainbow-colored Swatch watches from the brand’s Pride Collection at most major shopping malls in Malaysia, including the regionally renowned Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Queensbay Mall, and...
Candle, cup of hot chocolate, book, and pillow stacked in a window nook
For introverts, you’d think that the pandemic would be fun. Or at least something they’d be used to. It all sounds pretty normal: staying inside, watching something on a streaming...
This digital artwork features a feminine healing character who’s dress holds a beautiful  serene tranquil world. The world was created from the magic happening in the stomach. In the stomach...
Black and white image of hands crossed behind someone's back
Sitting in the shadows of misery Unraveling imprisoned dreams Wishing I can set them free to the sky Wishing I gave them my wings,  make them fly...
Silhouette of a woman's side profile
and when she told her mother of the “incident” she was told never to speak of it again. Silence served as protection. It served as a convenient denial and an acceptability of these dirty...
Black and white photo of an old exhausted woman using a sewing machine
I am an Egyptian woman I mean, I am an exhausted woman I spend my night in enjoyment till the morning watching fantasy movies that I do not afford living and my day passes through...
flower blooming on a bush
Who are you? What do you do? Those are the questions I am asked whenever I meet a new person. For decades, the answer was my name and “I’m a Counselor.”  Then...
Family cooking and sharing dishes
Several people passed by my house this year. Many of them just passed by temporarily, but other people stopped by and stayed as long-term friends. For me, being an adventure hostess...
Palm trees with the sun setting in the middle
Like any other orphan, Tobias was curious about so many things. When he was younger, he wanted to know who his real parents were and why they had abandoned him....
Rows of empty theatre seats
Your brain is a film played at 5x speed - the images barely intelligible, leave no room for thought, only gut. Meanwhile, the theater is collapsing in slow motion....
Woman sitting sad and alone
I handed over my watch and shoes, and we approached the turnstile where I was to enter. He supported my hand, moving it towards the small glass panel where a...
I thought it was strange that my mom called me so early in the morning. It was 7:30am for me, so it must have been 4:30am for her.  It was Wednesday,...
Brooklyn standing next to their mother.
When I was a child, my mother told me I’d grow up to be just like her. She said it to me in a tone that let me know I’d...
Outstretched hand to start anew
I have been depressed before, and depressed since. Arguably I am always hovering at some degree of “depression,” but at this time in my life, in early 2019, it was...
Girl writing in a notebook
I can’t even explain how much my heart ached from the pain I felt during those years. I was a teenager. I was naive. I was just too nice. Others...
Frozen tree branches with icicles
The end feels so inevitable when it comes. At least, mine does. I am in my final moments, of that there is no doubt. I stand in the biting cold...
Black woman's face covered by shadows
It is always difficult for me to explain what depression is and how it makes me feel. I’ve seen and read people describing it as a big black dog, or...
Poised high the moon pools silhouettes of hedgerows on the milky ground, Alfred pulls his cloak around steps out onto a reedy shore....
Yellow leaves on the ground and a silhouette of a tree
In the darkened room, where shadows silently creep,  I sit alone, enveloped in solitude, as the night grows deep. Though voices resonate, laughter fills the air, Within the crowd, a piercing pain, a...
Children's hand picking out crayons
There are so many parenting guides out there, and it is challenging raising wonderful little humans. Here's something about the parent-child bond. It's pivotal as a child grows, and building...
Woman peering through the venetian blinds
I can’t even remember my age when I started, but I had more than five psychologists. I established a rapport with none until my first visit to a psychiatrist, when...
Silhouette of a woman
Throughout my life, I have always been scared of being alone. I would avoid lone bus journeys. I couldn’t sit still, constantly needing the company of others to occupy my...
Child holding hands with an adult
My jeans are drenched as I look at the blurred images of you. It is hard to remember your face, though, when I can look in a mirror, I see you....
Indian woman about to open curtain
(-based on the old Indian customs related to widows; they were forcefully stripped of all jewellery upon their husband’s death, the vermillion rubbed off their foreheads, hardly given anything to...
Image of solo candle burning in the dark
Separated for more than forty years without knowing each other's whereabouts, Ming reencounters Hua, his first love, at a reunification party, and falls in love with her again. As he...
Aeriel image of the devil's footprints in Italy
Those who don't know Italy well should know that there is no country or village–however small–that doesn’t feature a church, monument, scenic landscape or other remarkable  attraction that deserves to...
Person with two hands covering their face, but their face is shown through the hands
My garden of wonders bloomed with an amalgamate of pink roses with overlapped thick velvety petals, and herbs – chives, basil, fennel - common points for pollinators every morning when I bid her...
Two hands interlocked on a bridge
Nobody wants a toxic relationship, but they just happen sometimes. Most people go through one at least once in their lives, and it has probably happened to you. Well, at...
Three adults locking arms in front of building
One Saturday in August 2019, parents, grandparents, and children were shopping for school supplies at an El Paso Walmart when they came face to face with a gunman set on...
Woman looking after into the distance
Mushroom growing from green moss
A pandemic caused by fungal spores is the exact premise of a popular gaming franchise called “The Last of Us”. Is there any justification for humans to fear a fungal-based...
Wooden hand mirror with forest reflected in the mirror
Came to my home with a hat and boots. Slept in my house; I gave up my room....
Immigrants crossing the horizon with the sun setting in the back
I was four years old then. Yet I still vividly remember feeling the ground shake beneath me, the windows shattering during every air strike hitting our area, leaving our house...
Collage of photos from Stephanie's staycation in Lebanon
Ten days, eight trips around Lebanon. And at last, on June 3, 2022 at 4 p.m., our vacation started....
Scenic image of Golden Temple
From the rolling hills and countryside of North Carolina to city skyscrapers illuminated with neon signs and the ever-crowded streets of Tokyo, Japan, my first step out of the airplane...
Picture of single chain link
To be more alive, you have to be less shy,   For, stigma and inhibition are like chains....
Picture of Rosina Griffiths at graduation
How often in your life have you closed your ears to the cliché “time flies” and prefer instead to throw yourself into the “having fun” part? Never does that expression...
Person sitting alone on the floor in a crowded hallway.
My childhood was broken up into pieces, with parts of me left in different countries around the world.  These memories are blurry, like faded pictures in my head. ...
I was born in eastern France near the German border, into a large family of modest origin, all raised by a single mother working as a cleaning lady. We are...
A person in despair as they check their phone for news.
On the morning of July 4th, 2022, I was lying in bed watching videos on my phone when my mom called me. Earlier that week, we had discussed the possibility...
Why, I asked him, do we have to return to our dorms at dusk, like pigeons into pigeonholes, while they don’t—their freedom resounding like the condor’s cry as they walk...

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