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Editorial–New Year, New Faces!

If the start of the year is any indication, it’s looking like this could be a really good year for The Voice Magazine.  We’ve got inaugural entries from two new student writers, plus the return of our own award-winning Barbara Lehtiniemi to write about, well, writing for the Voice Magazine; a topic I can always… Read more »

Don’t Believe Everything you Read

“FBI Raids CDC for Data on Vaccines & Autism,” “Obama and Michelle to Divorce.” These are examples of headlines you can find online.  Well, these are actually fake news headlines because Michelle and Obama are still married! Now, of course there are places (like those who claim aliens are living among us and the government… Read more »

Screen Break

I made a conscious effort over the holidays to take some time away from work and screens in general.  I gave myself permission to read some books in the daylight (currently reserving only after 10 pm for personal reading) I also took a few days and spent them baking and cooking.  It was a great… Read more »

19 New Actions to take in 2019

Bashing the notion of New Year’s Resolutions has become mainstream; people have become increasingly jaded and disillusioned.  With threats of global warming, weather catastrophes, and the continued support of psychopaths leading our countries on a downward spiral, resolutions can seem downright laughable. I’m one of those people who believe it’s the small things that create… Read more »

The Time is Write Now

Wouldn’t it be nice to do something different this year? Every year you swear it will be different, but by the end of December, you realize it’s been the same old, same old. How about exploring your creative side?  How about being published?  How about earning some extra money? How about doing all three things… Read more »

Porkpie Hat—In Praise of Ordinary Inspiration

I think many of us have had the experience of being in that “flow state” in which we’re so filled with inspiration, that sparks seem to be flying from our fingertips.  We’re doing something we love, something we were meant to do, and minutes and hours lose their normal meaning.  We will go without rest,… Read more »

Editorial—Had a Happy Old Year!

[Goodness! I got so excited by everybody else’s stuff I forgot to upload my own!  Thanks to those readers who grabbed the PDF and noted the difference!] Forty-nine issues. An average of 24 pages of articles and content per issue. With about 500 words per page. That’s almost 600,000 words we published last year. 600,000… Read more »

From Murder to Meaning

The power of one moment, one word. The moment: Easter Monday, 1978.  The moment Margot Van Sluytman’s father was murdered while attempting to stop an armed robbery. The word: sawbonna.  A Zulu greeting that translates to “I see you”.  To see our shared humanity, the goodness in one another, our fragility.  The way Van Sluytman… Read more »

Many Small Steps on the Path to Truth and Reconciliation

“We live on an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance.  As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.”  — John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008), American theoretical physicist. Should every university program require mandatory indigenous-content courses?  That’s a question I pondered in 2016 after reading Tamra Ross’s article, “Truth and Reconciliation—Will… Read more »