Inspirational

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Here’s what I’ve been thinking about the swine flu pandemic

Look, it sounds like the government is trying to tell us that we are protected, that we’re supposed to be safe and all these scary viruses can’t happen to us. I’m not buying it....

Jo looked into the mirror and saw two pairs of mirrored eyes

She looked up and into the other pair of mirrored eyes. The dark blue eyes flashed with anger and fear. "What the fuck did you do?" she heard Bongo snarl in a guttural rythym....

In our series of letters from African journalists, film-maker and columnist Sharmila Tagore reflects on the death of her twin sister

Jo's jaw tightened and her body tensed, almost involuntarily but she refused to cry. She had to. Crying would only get her to relive the event. Crying might be cathartic for the first few...

Jo was not the girl she used to be

She was not the girl she used to be, she was not the girl who lived, she was not the girl who had a boyfriend or two and did homework and ate cake. She...

Jo looked into the eyes of her twin and he looked into her eyes with deep sympathy and concern

“I know you don’t want to see me, Jo.” The twin appeared to be holding a gloved hand and with a slight smile, placed this outstretched hand on her shoulders, almost like a blessing,...

When I was eleven, I went to my first summer camp

Camp was really going to test me. It had been six years since my last camp, this was the first time it would be on my own and I didn’t know what to expect,...

I turn my head to look at him and see that what he sees in me that’s different than any other girl in the...

My head spins back and forth like a top that’s in the air and everything I see and hear keeps spinning in circles until an idea just grabs hold of me. That one thought...

As the World Health Organization (WHO) warns of a possible outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS coronavirus), BBC News takes a...

I still want there to be some sort of vaccine or treatment ready for use in a matter of weeks. I don’t think “in a matter of weeks” is the right time to go...

It was the last day of camp and I was so scared

I was so scared that I cried at night, so scared that I would wake up early and cry in my Nana and Papa's arms. That's when I thought it was time to start...

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It’s not dark enough for me to draw my own blood

Now, here, the silence is broken by a cawing that’s not a bird nor a crow, but an owl. The owl flies directly into the headlights. I see him, a large yellow eyed bird...

My sister was killed in a drunk driving accident

Walking to the beach with my umbrella still on top, I watched the water rippling on the rocky shore and thought to myself…I don’t belong here. I don’t fit in. I want to go...

Three hours pass and the phone rings again

Three hours passes and the phone rings again. A couple of rings. He opens his eyes and smiles at the caller ID. He glances at his watch. 5:46. He looks up and sighs, shaking...