The Editorial Team

Our writers develop their stories from their unique experiences, talents, and perspectives. Part of what makes them so appealing is that it takes a special kind of person to want to write about equality, especially today.

They are gifted writers due to either the number of years they’ve been honing their craft as a writer or as a result of the degrees they’ve earned. Some are new writers. This is not to imply that new writers are lesser writers. It simply says they are new to the art but their works contain a freshness, a tenderness of heart, a strength, and a sense of compassion that appeals to me. They continually teach me more about the world, the people in it, and how I fit into it as well. I hope you find a similar attraction to them and their work.

In exchange, I try to help them present a clearer, crisper version of their stories by sharing with them practices I’ve picked up along the way from my writing mentors, acting coaches, professors, and tried-and-true confidantes. Little things about storytelling, relating to people, or classic principles of design common to all art.

Our collaboration strips away the excess to find the essence of a piece, much like Michelangelo’s thoughts on the purpose of sculpting: to free the work of art within the slab of marble. My goal is to help them whittle away the dross without undermining the message or stifling their voice, emotion, or intention.

This publication celebrates the inherent value of all human beings. My personal goal is to present these truths to readers:

  • The truth that once you see the humanity in another person, you can never unsee it.
  • The truth that racism, misogyny, homophobia, and countless other -isms and -phobias can be undone in the hearts and minds of people.
  • The truth that despite what we see in the news there are thousands of people who are working to make the world a better place for all in our human family.

I hope readers can sense the ethos that runs through each article we  present. It’s the notion that we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.

If you believe these things, or even if you want to believe, join us. Spend a little time in our corner of the internet and discover just how much your heart can grow.

Thanks in advance for your support, your time, and your trust. And remember—

Love one another.

Clay Rivers
Our Human Family, Founder and Editor-in-Chief

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