| This story is part of our mini-project #ShareVoicesNotGerms | We’ve asked our audience to share their blog post, poem, tweet, short video, stream-of-consciousness note they typed at 3 AM, quick proverb, seven-part full-length drama–really anything they’ve created to get them through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope is that it will get you through too. If you’d like to contribute, simply submit your “anything” here. … Continue reading Until Further Notice
| This is the 500th story of Our Life Logs | When looking back at those days, I marvel at how far I have come. Maybe it was luck. Maybe it was desperation. Maybe I will never find out. My journey began in Nantou City, Taiwan, on June 6, 1938. Yes, that certainly was a long time ago. Back then, Nantou City was purely a rural … Continue reading Even When the Waves Crash, the Mountain Stands
| This is the 499th story of Our Life Logs | My name is Catherine, and I grew up in a tiny village in Ireland in the 1970s. My dad and brother worked on our farm while my mom owned and operated the local grocery store. Our house was attached to the store, so, naturally, as a child and as a young adult, I spent a lot of time in … Continue reading Green for a Reason
| This is the 498th story of Our Life Logs | In the year of my birth, 1952, our desolate Texas prairie lured only the wildcatter oil tycoons from the east coast and the hardworking, scruff-of-the-earth oil-well workers in the west who pumped and cajoled the “black gold” from the barren earth. I grew up in the far western part of Texas that holds nary a tree, hill, or lake. My … Continue reading Pain and Humor
| This is the 497th story of Our Life Logs | I was the fastest boy at Whittier Woods Elementary School. When it was time for the races for the Presidential Physical Fitness awards, I was competitive and I was flying. Unfortunately (for me), my elementary school competitors grew into teenagers with long legs while I…didn’t. Sprinting got less interesting for me when the others caught up, but that was okay. I had moved … Continue reading No, Really, Can You Run in Those?
| This is the 496th story of Our Life Logs | December 20, 2006. I was 13 years old. The door flung open. Our one-room home felt like a locked cage. I remember the fear in my mother’s eyes and the way my brother’s breath shortened. I remember the pounding of my heart. It was the first night my father came home drunk. My family and I lived in Karachi, Pakistan, in a very small shelter. I don’t call it … Continue reading The Girl Who Fought Her Own Battle
| This is the 495th story of Our Life Logs | To most of the world, I’m known as the “She Bangs” Guy, the man whose American Idol audition had news outlets dubbing him the “worst singer ever.” But to my friends, I’m just William Hung, the man who never gives up on his dream. I’ve always been known for exuding positivity. But to know how I … Continue reading What Ever Happened to William Hung?
| This is the 494th story of Our Life Logs | My parents got married in the ‘70s. Twenty years later, I guess they figured it was about time to have a child. That’s where I came, their first and only daughter, born in Cincinnati in 1995. I grew up happy and healthy. My pediatrician once marveled to my mother about how thin my file was. Too … Continue reading I’m Still Standing
| This is the 493rd story of Our Life Logs | Listen to the audio A bird loves to feel the wind in his wings and the clouds brushing his feathers as he flies. It is exhilarating. It is his life. But, when that bird’s wing breaks and he can never fly again, what defines his life vanishes before his eyes. Can such a broken spirit … Continue reading In an Ocean of Darkness
| This is the 492nd story of Our Life Logs | There are three things I know to be true in this world. My name is Margaret. I could eat avocados until I was sick. If uninterrupted, I could talk to you about optics (which is the study of light and its properties) for the rest of my life. Now, I won’t, of course. That would be … Continue reading To Explain the Universe
| This is the 491st story of Our Life Logs | Growing up, I saw thousands of faces in my town. I was born in Kasur, Punjab, in Pakistan. Kasur is a very small city famous for the shrine of Baba Bulleh Shah. Thousands of believers come there to visit the shrine and say their prayers. Some of these travelers have hopeful eyes, like bright windows on … Continue reading She Will Not Live This Way
| This is the 490th story of Our Life Logs | The first 15 years of my life was bliss. I was born in the city of Abeokuta, Nigeria, in 2000, as an only child to my parents. My father was a naval officer, and my mother, a nurse. While they were both quite busy with work and didn’t have much time to spend with me, I … Continue reading Letting Go of Shame