humanity

Humanity begins at home.

On Death, Trauma, and Self-Forgiveness
On Sunday, February 4, it will be 13 years since my stepfather died of an overdose. It seems like yesterday, as all life-changing events typically do. I would’ve been 9-years-old, and don’t remember f...
Whitney King4 days ago
My Life and How Rough It Has Been
My name is Whitney King and I am 22-years-old. Personally all the roughness of my life started when I was eight-years-old. Well that's when the actual pain started. I was abandoned by the man I though...
Rheana Roose12 days ago
A Road Less Traveled: Chapter 2
Okay, so let's rewind here a little bit. I know, I know, I am keeping you waiting. Suck it up, we will get there soon enough. As a female, somewhere on the "normal" spectrum, I had always fantasized a...
Michaela Beam13 days ago
Monsters and Me: Growing Up with Abuse
There are days that I forget the memories rattling around in my head are mine and not some bad movie I watched. It's hard for me to imagine that the scared little girl always looking for an exist was ...
Why Paid Family Leave Is Needed In New York State
"Starting January 1, 2018, New York State's Paid Family Leave provides New Yorker's with job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to ...
Tashanna Trudell17 days ago
Just Another Day
Here I am writing. It is 1:17 PM. My one year old daughter is down for her nap. I should be sleeping too... My little one was up at 1 AM and didn't go back to sleep until 7 AM this morning. I'm exhaus...
Janet Rhodes19 days ago
Making Our Way Through the Muck
Tonight my middle child, my youngest daughter, made me cry. We were sitting around the supper table remembering when my youngest daughter and her brother first met my husband. We talked about their fi...
George Beighey22 days ago
The Envelope
Joe was a lonely, broken man, walking cold wet streets late one Christmas Eve. He wore, contrastingly, the jolliest of outfits, clad in the uniform of his latest job a mall Santa Claus. He was a poor ...
Life as a Daughter of Agent Orange, Pt. 1
I honestly do not know where to even begin telling my story. I remember growing up, at least to the age of 10, life was pretty normal and decent. Mom worked and Dad stayed home with my little sister a...
desiree nicole23 days ago
The Gifts and Curses of Time
Fridays couldn’t come any quicker. The entire week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and so on are spent anticipating Friday. Typically, Friday evenings are spent at my friend Kaylin’s house, congregating a...
Jason Rhodea month ago
Mortality's a Bitch
So, in a previous post, I said mortality's a bitch, talking about my best friend, Noe; a friendship that started in the 3rd grade to his death in ’91 and my brother’s, Joey, death in ‘00. Another frie...
Jessica Batemana month ago
The Effects of Growing Up With Bottled Emotions
July 26, 2017, attempted to end @3:58 AM. Sometimes I still fall victim to the hardness that I once knew. I catch myself being cold when I feel as if I’m witnessing weakness. It’s sad really, where th...
Manda Krashnaka month ago
Have Holidays Lost Their Meaning?
Have you ever wondered if the holidays are not like they used to be? That maybe your younger self enjoyed the holidays more, and not because you were a kiddo? I wonder about this a lot, and I think mo...
Kyra Kallestewaa month ago
Behind the Scenes
My mom walked toward me in a solicitous was as I was stretched out on my grandmother's apple green couch. I remember how much I hated those couches when I had first moved down to Greasy Hill Loop, the...
Samantha Reida month ago
Decorating Your Christmas Tree
Everyone has a holiday tradition. For some people, it is baking cookies. For other people, it is carolling. For others, it is putting up lights outside. And for some others, it is getting drunk on egg...
Savannah McCaina month ago
Kiss of Colors
Since I was forced from my mother's body (damaging her beyond repair she claims every year on my birthday), I had always loved colors. Every year my favorite colors will switch between greens, blues a...
Bekah Milstead2 months ago
Where Do I Fit In?
Who am I? Where do I belong in this huge world? I really don't know... What I do know is that I am a mom. The day that I became"Mommy" is the day that I gave up being me... Or, maybe, just maybe, that...
Beth Gibbons2 months ago
Halloween Cancelled at Public School Because of Liberal Beliefs
Halloween, All Hallow's Eve, is the wonderful Pagan holiday celebrated every October 31st where children are able to dress up in costumes and pretend to be anything they wish to be. The kids go door-t...