Stories From ILLUMINATION-Curated

Outstanding Stories — Volume 71

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Stuart Englander

On Second Thought
A lifetime to

MaryJo Wagner, PhD

My Life Without TV Until Covid and George Floyd
Only watching TV on June 6 until the World

Deborah Levine

Greenpeace, Matriarchs and Me
Environmental activism in my

Tim Ebl

I’m Unemployed, But at Least I’m Not in Greenland
Not at Princess Bride rock bottom yet, and so

Lily Dune

When your senses kiss each other
She caught me sniffing the books in her library when I was nine years

James G Brennan

Pineapple Science
A free verse response to gravity prone

Neha Sandhir S

Knowing Happiness
Empathize with your heart


New Writers Bulletin
Welcome 110 writers joined to ILLUMINATION

Øivind H. Solheim

Why It Is You Who Holds the Key to Your Own Happiness
Ways to Strengthen Communication and Stay in the Relationship: A Perfect Life in This Perfect World: Articles, essays…

Audrey Malone

8 Habits of Successful Medium Writers that Can Help New Writers
What I’ve learned as a new writer on

Christopher Harvey

I Remember Sitting In My Room Wishing To Die.
Everyone has a story. Mine is filled with pain, a pain that I have learned

Kevin Farran

Adrift in Life
A poem of journey as two young souls wander with their treasures held

Selim Furkan Gul

How To Specialize Ridiculously In Your Job With 5 Easy Steps
To achieve professional growth, you have to perform certain tasks to identify your weak spots; so you can work on

Myriam Ben Salem

Intellectual Creativity Is Merely Learned
It has nothing to do with the synergy between your left and right

Floyd Mori

Veterans of World War II Were Praised By Members Of Congress
Japanese American soldiers received the Congressional Gold

Tom Handy

5 Ways You Can Transform into an Extrovert and Impress Your Friends
Tips you should do to become an introvert to extrovert

Harry Seitz

The Paedophile
It’s Risky Out

Dr. Deborah M. Vereen

Ten Realities About the Covid Learning Gap
It’s time to uncover the

Maria Cross

Chia Seeds — Worthy Superfood, or Just Plain Silly?
Whatever the nutritional qualities of chia, you have to respect a food that manages to achieve superstar status whilst…

Daryl Mowat

The Problematic Ideas of Erich Fromm
Some of Erich Fromm’s ideas were problematic, but they hardly overshadowed his sanity and

Haris Mohammad

6 Habits That Won’t Let You Be Successful
Avoid them, and you will be hard to

MaryJo Wagner, PhD

Addicted to Editing
Because of

Fleur Sauvage


Vedanth Maheshwari

The Space between us!
I have been fascinated by Space since I was born; It throws me into a thought spiral, getting out of which is…

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

The Real Meaning of $1 Tip
How small awards can motivate

CR Mandler MAT

Dr. Sebastain Purcell
The Happiness

Isaiah McCall

Bitcoin Will Make You Richer And Here’s Why
Cryptocurrency’s boom is just beginning — Bitcoin could go above $100,000 next year (currently valued at $19,000)

Teresa D Hawkes, Ph.D.

Zero fucks left to give
We are afflicted with macaque

Floyd Mori

Japanese American Veterans Received The Congressional Gold Medal
Awarded for military service in World War

Sean Zhai


Kris Franklin

NCAA Football Bets for 11/28
We’re over 57% with our college football bets this season. Back with 3 more bets for this Thanksgiving

Liam Ireland

The Genius of Diego Maradona
The best football player of all

Brian Dickens Barrabee

Working Together To Lower The Cost Of Electricity
I reported back to Grace that I thought I had found the problem but didn’t tell her what it was. Remember, she and…

S. J. Wynn

Too Many Old Glory & NRA Bumper Stickers
-Quilted in a

Kavish Kamat (KK)

7 Coffee Myths That Seem To Be True.
The most loved beverage has it’s own share of misconception. I have a love affair with my coffee and want to make my…

Eira Braun-Labossiere 🌻

How Mr. T Will Help You Cope With 2020
Coping strategies taught by a rescued Lurcher Greyhound

Paul Abela, MSc

Why Neoliberalism Is at the Heart of Americas Problems
Neoliberalism has a vice-like grip over America, and it won’t let

Darcy Thiel

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
When theory becomes

Kimberly Fosu

I’m Thankful That I Have Something I’m Passionate About
And I’m thankful for those who support me on my

Brenda Karl

Thanksgiving 2020
Why we need it more than

Randy Wolken

This Moment In The COVID-19 Crisis Is Different — And More Dangerous
Let’s act in ways that are appropriate for

EP McKnight, MEd

How to Be A Mindful Eater
Tips on how to control what goes in your mouth, knowing what goes on the lips may land on your hips if you’re not…


In Times Of Crisis, Good Leaders Are Still The Exception
Key Attitudes Of Good Leadership In Times Of

J.D. Harms


Rebecca Stevens A.

Words, Like Bullets, Can Kill.
Words like a thousand stray bullets,

Bill Abbate

Your Life Depends on the Questions You Ask
How questions can change your

janny’s heart

Introduction to jannysheart
Born to be a wild child … the adventure continues!

Mayank Pamnani

12 Essential Habits of a Highly Successful People
Success leaves

Desiree Driesenaar

11 Rumi, Maya and Clarissa Quotes that Will Change Your Life
They might help you rewild your soul and open your heart

John Teehan

5 Questions To Consider When Taking Control of Your Life
Taking hold of life’s rudder and picking a

Christian Soschner

How to Get a Car for Free
Advice from my millionaire friend

Vanessa Robinson

This Is Why They Didn’t Want Blacks to Vote
It might actually make a difference and then where would we be?

Dr Deborah M. Vereen

Helping Children Understand What Is Happening Today
Distributed to #Parenting #Teachers #Politics #Donald Trump

Emmanuel A. Anderson

How to Become a Better Human
To become a better human is all about making others

Laura Izquierdo

How to Take Control When it Feels Like That’s The Last Thing You Have
Moments of hardship are unavoidable, but you can control how you experience

Agnes Louis

The Doctor Couldn’t Cure Him — So He Invented A Surgery To Cure Himself
An inspiring story of a man who studied to find an answer for himself and ended up creating his own life-saving…

Francine Fallara

Slowly We Took Our Last Few Steps
Awing Timeless

Manas Bhardwaj

4 Life-Changing Lessons From a Pencil to Make an Impact in This World
What’s inside you is more valuable than

Lisa Holliday

Reaching Across The Aisle
Understanding different political

Vixen Lea

The Backyard Fortress
The importance of letting children retain their innocence during this time of

Lori Lamothe

Night Walking
at Race Point

Gary McBrine

3 Inspiring Books to Boost Your Sales Confidence
“Sales is not something you do to people, it’s something you do for people.”


How these social media platforms help to increase business
Every body knows that Social Media apps are influence around the world.It helps our business to maintain online…

Michele Thomas

Today I Give Thanks

Sebastian Purcell, PhD

Why Stoic Philosophy is the Secret Ingredient for Happiness During the Holidays
4 Spiritual Exercises in Gratitude and

Rebecca Stevens A.

How Some White Women’s Envy Threatens Black Women
Many white women feel insecure around black women, it is one of the reasons that the two sometimes do not get along…

Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Ph.D.

How to Appreciate Yourself Gamefully and Kindly
By developing your very own appreciative game feedback systems and playing the “Appreciation Game.”

Steve QJ

I Only Just Realised That I’m White
Imagine my

Julie Nyhus MSN, FNP-BC

Headlines Matter
Avoid these four headline

Terry Mansfield

Immunotherapy Has a High Price Tag But is Worth Every Penny
Immunotherapy costs about $100,000 per round of treatment to destroy or suppress cancerous


The Cashier Who Had Trouble Breathing
I wondered if it was COVID and she wasn’t wearing

Dr Michael Heng

Death of a Beautiful Relationship
The End or The Beginning?

The Maverick Files

5 Steps to Financial Independence Without Giving Up on Dreams
Chasing “Early Retirement” is not the holy

Jess Tam

Waking Up and Falling
Day 4 — Microfiction; 100-word story

Kevin Farran

I Came to a Bridge While Out Walking
In the midst and turmoil of daily life where do we cross to find ourself?

Holly Bradshaw

Are You in a Toxic Friendship?
Some people are good at masking their

Betsy Ramser Jaime

I Know You Want To Make a Full-Time Income Working Online
Here’s what you need to

Bhavna Narula

This Thing About Sex…
One activity, different

Dr. Deborah M. Vereen

Making Dinner Rolls Helped Turn Grief Into Contentment
I am no longer dreading the holiday season without my

Jazz Parks

How To Be Successful By Using The Art Of Self-Discipline
It’s the number one reason for my

Randy Wolken

What’s Your Growth Strategy?
If you don’t have one, you will get left

Dr. Preeti Singh

Stretch Your Best for Fitness With Yoga
Unison of Mind and

Aurora Eliam, CMP

A Native American View of Thanksgiving
Reconciling a multicultural family’s celebration with the reality behind the


Do You Need Help Wearing in Your New Shoes?
The Queen

Jack Burt

Laughing At The Sky
Hanging By 300 Feet Of

Piper Steele

Trump and the Pandemic Had Me in a Constant State of Alarm Until I Realized I Could Return to…
Reframing my outlook and focusing on what I can control are the

Neil Shurley

Six Guaranteed Steps to Make One Million Dollars Today
All you need is a match and some lighter

Drama Llama

Death, The Choreography Of Guernica
Inspiration from Picasso’s painting and the morality of

Godofredo Rojas

4 Ways That’ll Help You Stop Taking Criticism So Personally
Think about

Stuart Englander

There Was This One Day When I Fired My Client
It gave me more perspective than I could ever ask

Liv Mello

5 Mantras for Overcoming Self-Doubt and Post-Project Depression
How to celebrate your creative journey and

Upen Singh

Three Magical M’s: Meditation, Minimalism & Mindset
The best things in life are

Teresa D Hawkes, Ph.D.

It is Time to Break History
In the US we stand at the perfect moment to break our connection with our brutal history. If we do not break this…

Adam Tabriz, MD

Politics has Inundated (with) our Healthcare System
According to a few, What Matters most in Healthcare is who gets Elected to the

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Introduce Your Newsletters and Grow Your Mailing Lists
Let’s collaborate to enhance our networks, gain new customers, and delight them

Eshan Samaranayake

Willpower Is Less Important to Success Than You Think
Lessons learned from ‘Willpower Doesn’t Work’ by Benjamin

Diana Rus

Getting Your Article Rejected
Don’t be disappointed or

Tree Langdon

I Meld My Soul With The Perfect One
Infinity Is Minus

Rebecca Stevens A.

If Only I Had White Privilege When Looking For A Job
For many black people, finding a job is a challenge in and of itself. Here I imagine how it would feel like to look for…

Dr Michael Heng

Chinese Hands Behind The Biden Presidency
The Manchurian US President?

Jennifer Geer

Why Are We So Entertained (and Incensed) at Top Medium Earnings Stories?
Do you really want to know what your co-workers make?

Agnes Louis

Are You Letting Others Define Your Limitations?
Do not mistake others’ limitations as your

Neha Sandhir S

Rising Above
A wonderful

Terry Mansfield

Bad Cars
(a narrative poem about clunkers)

Alice Floris

Food for Thought — November 2020
The best ideas I found this

Danell teNyenhuis Black

Are Anti-Maskers The Latest Version Of Anti-Vaxxers?
And what can we do to engage them in a discussion?

Amy Pierovich

Shanghai Days

Breanna Lowman

Hello Anxiety
You don’t belong with

Don Karp

What Is Mental Health?
How you can support

Mark Alden

Good morning and


The Proust Questionnaire
Answered by @Claudia AKA

John M Dabbs

Why Should We Be Thankful
A COVID-19 Thanksgiving — Bah

Shawn Jr

The duality of all

Marjorie J McDonald

How To Make Freelance Writing A Full-time Career
Certain items in your writing toolbox are the

Christopher Akinlade

Why Serendipity is Compulsory in All Your Life’s Remaining Journeys.
Don’t just watch life passing you by. To really live, practise

John Teehan

How To Work From Your Couch And Still Be Super Productive
And they dare to call me mad…

Akeena M.

Can Vulnerabilities Make You Feel Anything Else Besides Embarrassment?
Being forthcoming with your insecurities can serve as a natural filter that saves you

Anton Peter

Live your Best Life!
There is no 2nd chance
Part One

Viraj Acharya

I’m Not Ok
But I will

A. J. Gabs

How Understanding Your Child’s Stress Response Can Help Unlock Your Parenting Skills
Every once in a while, my husband would walk by, grab my foot, crack my toes, and I would scream in

Michele Thill

Finding Gratitude — Thanksgiving 2020
Look for the silver

Dr. Dion

Joe Biden Won the Election Now Can the Progressive Left Please Shut Up
On November 10, longtime Democratic strategist James Carville blasted the progressive wing of the Democratic Party on…

Jill Ebstein

Preparing For a ‘Thanksgiving State of Mind’
Three points of

Dew Langrial

If You Knew How Never-Ending Stress Affects Your Brain
Would you be willing to change the way you live your life?

Remington Write

Have You Lost it Yet?
I’m counting down until I do and it won’t be

Jan M Flynn

Don’t Look Now, But There’s Dog Poop In My Fridge
Like 2020 wasn’t bad enough

Floyd Mori

It Has Been Quite A Journey
Bio for

Bill Abbate

How Do You See the Path of Life?
Where do you see yourself at the end?

Arpit Ravichandran

The Beginning of the End of the Pandemic
The ‘shot’ heard round the

M. Mollenthiel

Liberalism Attacked!
The battle within the Left: Who will win?

René Phongam, DPT

How to Master Journaling Based Off The Sun’s Azimuth
They say timing is

Rebecca LeBard

This Small Change to Your Workday Will Improve Creative Thinking
Plan ahead to walk away and still remain

Geri Shumer

Don’t Be Afraid To Brine Your Turkey
The word is terrifying but the process is SUPER EASY and the result is the juiciest turkey you will ever eat!

Daniel Hövermann

4 Different Rules Behind Pricing You Have Never Thought Of
Money makes the world go round — and your head

Rebecca Stevens A.

How My Best Friend and I Gamed The World With Her White Privilege
I used my best friend’s white privilege to my advantage, and at the end of the day, it made me realize how both of us…

James Jordan

Mental Health Through Tough Times
A radical idea from the scriptures could be the key to finding

Mac Daniels

Tales of Nāgārjuna

Randy Wolken

How Well Do You Know Yourself?
Maybe its time to find

Mac Daniels

|Ambergris |
John Singer Sargent’s Alchemy of

Jonathan Isbill MS, RDN

Keep Your Health, Keep Your Happiness.
Lose your health and you risk losing

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.

The Power of Gratitude Can Help You Re-frame the Challenges of Life
Can’t think of anything to be grateful for?


Are We Mistakenly Applying Diversification to Humanity?
Can We Find New Ways to Heal Divisions?

Paul Thomas Zenki

Why I Stopped Forgiving People… and Maybe You Should, Too
Forgiveness was turning me into a

Breanna Lowman

Nature’s Edifice
If the world

Paul Abela, MSc

How I Dealt With a Priest Trying to Groom Me
A first-hand experience gave me an understanding of how difficult it is to deal with

Tom Hanratty

Master Bao and the Running Man
Real wealth is peace of

Sharena Rice

Growth: How Big a Fish, How Big a Pond?
A big fish in a small pond? A small fish in a big pond? Or is something else even better?

Nikhil Vemu

My first iPhone
I got YouTube

janny’s heart

Leaving Too Soon
Holding my

Eshan Samaranayake

Do You Feel Like You Always Expect the Worst? Blame It on the Genes
Most of our ancestors were most probably pessimists. And that was a good

Wilson da Silva

Spinal Surgery, Complete with ‘True Love’
Watching a five-hour operation to correct a spinal deformity is not for the faint

Lester Golden

Lady Liberty’s Me Too Moment: the Trump Dump
But her reality TV ex still stalks


Four Responses to Trauma that Destroy Relationships
And the one that

Rebecca Stevens A.

Who Benefits Most From A Divided America?
Criminal investigators always ask themselves a crucial question when starting on a new case. Who stands to benefit the…

Julia E Hubbel

What Does it Mean to Live Large?
It may not be what you

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

I Published Six Articles on Vocal
This is what I

Drama Llama

Loneliness and Isolation in a Materialistic World
The anxiety to conform to contemporary

Robert Trakofler

Slow Walking Man (A true story)
Poetry and spoken word by Robert

Mukundarajan V N

We Can Create Our Own Smart Luck
How to harness the power of

Alexandra Forsyth

To That One Guy:

Jamie Golob

Activating the Power of the Root Chakra
Energy, awakening, grounding, and

Kiranjeet Kaur

7 ways to be Eco-Friendly

Melissa Raise

How To Get Out Of Pain
What do you do when you have an itch? You scratch it, of course. It’s a knee-jerk reaction that you don’t even have to…

Deborah Barchi

Lament For a Meadow
Sadness and gratitude for a vanishing field of

Amy Hartsough

4 Helpful Coping Skills for This Terrible Pandemic Fatigue
This is hard, but there is a way through

Thomas Oppong

Struggle to Wake Up in The Morning? You Don’t Have to be a Morning Person to be Successful
Tap your energy cycle to boost your

Sebastian Purcell, PhD

Why The Buddhists and Aztecs Insist That Happiness Follows The Words You Say
What Crosses Your Lips Pre-Frames Your

Daniella Mini

Dear President-elect and Vice President-elect: The Bar Has Been Set High
Please, don’t let the voters

Tooth Truth Roopa Vikesh

Fish-bone in Her Gums
It wasn’t bad enough to make her become

Haris Mohammad

5 Science-Backed Techniques to Help Your Brain Remember What You Learn
In the end, what you remember is what you

Nikhil Vemu

UPI — India’s Way of Secure Digital Payments
It isn’t a Hyperbole that the World smells Innovation in India’s

Pene Hodge

Surviving COVID
This is what I

Christian Soschner

5 Simple Things You Can Do to Improve Your Sleep Quality
Why Steve Harvey Is Wrong With His

Adriana Sim

3 Ways I Haven’t Honoured My Friendships Over the Years
Some mistakes are just

Gayle Kurtzer-Meyers

Enchanting Love of Nature
You were my morning sun peeping through the window.
Waking me up from a beautiful dream
You were my breeze in the…

Melissa Raise

We had OUR 21ST CLASS today!
Teaching fitness to adolescent kids has taught me a lot about resistance and

MaryJo Wagner, PhD

How to Use Free Tools for Better Writing
Grammarly, Spellcheck, and Find and

Kapil Goel

2 Powerful Lessons From The Story of Darby — A Salesman
Stickability Vs


Parsley — Not Just For Decoration
A tanka and a stutterer’s response to an acrostic

Randy Wolken

What Gives You The Rest You Need Now?
Rest gives you the energy you need to be

Rebecca Romanelli

Let Your Inner Weirdo Out
I’ve encountered and known thousands of people. I’ve never met a ‘normal’. Everyone’s weird in their own

Eunice Gikonyo, Msc Psychology

How To Earn Respect
Start with not trying to earn

Eshan Samaranayake

What We Think of as Reality Is Just an Interpretation
Lessons learned from ‘Deviate’ by Beau

Neha Sandhir S

Swallow Your Pride
Cherish being

Erwin Leonardy

Getting a Job During a Pandemic
Graduating during a pandemic is beyond our control, but our attitude towards it is within our


Guadalupe Can Use Some Help Here
Lost: immigrants, 360 children, 545 parents, separated at the border of US and

Aamna I. Rizvi

A French Philosopher’s Morning Checklist for An Empowered Life
Her list has relevance to our lives even after a full


I Am Celebrating 5 Years of Not Wearing Uncomfortable Footwear
Good Decisions Deserves

Dr. Preeti Singh

Unusual Experience of Life
Valuable lessons

Kris Franklin

College Football Bets for 11/21
Following and betting along with this blog over the season would have you up $310 so far. Check out the preview to this…

Nusrat Nisa

5 Platforms Where You Can Earn Money by Transcribing Audio
Rates, test systems, and my experiences with listening to people talk and writing it

Thomas Oppong

3 Underrated Habits That Can Help You Get More Done in a Day Than Most People Do in a Week
It pays to completely clear your mind and begin

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Checklist for Quality Submissions
Improve quality and readability of your

Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Ph.D.

10 Reasons Why it Makes Sense to Write on Medium
#2 and #3 are my

Jason Ward

People who gain incredible skills after head trauma
Acquired Savant Syndrome is an extraordinary

Daniel A. Teo

My Mother Died In My Arms
A Short

Mayank Pamnani

13 Incredible Life Lessons From Mark Zuckerberg
Tap into a billionaire’s

Alexandra Forsyth

Thankful and Blessed
A haiku with some morning

John Cunningham

Let your goals be your guide
Tips for creating stronger systems to achieve

Kimberly Thomas


Zachary Minott

This Quote From “The Good Place” Will Make You See Life in a Beautifully Different Way
Life is nothing more than a wave that forms, rolls, crashes, and

Steve Alexander🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸

An Open Letter to the Georgia Voting-Eligible People Who Supported Joe

Thomas Dylan Daniel

How To Write With Power
We write because we love it. And it makes us better. Here is a short guide to what I’ve learned about writing with…

Geri Shumer

How to Make A Thanksgiving Side Dish In Five Minutes
And everyone will LOVE it!

Shirley Willett

The Fifth Dimension Brings Different and Even Opposing Perspectives Into Coherency
We need to illuminate 5D perspectives for the crises we face in the world

James Jordan

Fighting off ADHD Hibernation
There’s a difference between getting away to recharge, and hiding from the

Jill Reid

Voice Your Own Opinion in Your Writing or the Message May be Lost
The story is yours to

Dan Cadmus

If Your Pursuit is Happiness, Find Happiness in the Pursuit
Get lost in the process on the path to

John Teehan

Reach Your Goals By Eliminating These Bad Habits
No bad habit is insurmountable. Your goals are always within

Nihan Kucukural

Don’t Worry About the Future
Your current concerns will be

Manas Bhardwaj

1 Simple Trick to Make a Good and Everlasting First Impression
Smile 🙂

Fareeha Arshad

I Was 23 and Couldn’t Stop Thinking About Death
Until the Japanese Senior Citizens Saved

Terry Mansfield

A Killer Performance by Keanu Reeves in ‘John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum’
Keanu Reeves delivers more entertaining mayhem in the most recent installment of the ‘John Wick’ action movie…

Britni Pepper

Don Trump Can Save the World
But he won’t. Here’s

Kristina Segarra

Pfizer Vaccine Won’t Help You Now
Why you can’t fall into a false sense of

Terry L. Cooper

Seven French Students from Delaware, Canada, and Billy Joel
What could possibly go wrong in that equation?

Darcy Thiel


Mark C Watney

A Confession to My Wife
For Torturing Her with a Poem by Gerard Manley

Jeanette C. Espinoza

The Common Bond Between A Black Woman and A“Karen”
We both want to reach for our phones to dial 911, but for very different

Casi Mclean

The Secret To Claiming Your Destiny
How to discover the passion to live your

Brylin Phillips

Practical Ways To Improve Yourself
Improve yourself with just a little

Muda El Masry

Advices that changed my Writing style
3 Pieces of Advice that will help new and old writers reach their

Drama Llama

The Cognative Theory a Bunch of Bananas
The ‘aha’ moment when the penny

Piyush Kamal🎖

How Can Perception Hacking Boost the Bottom Line?
Lessons from nature, airline, and amusement

Yve Laran

New York City Moment I Miss
Friday Nights at the

Kaz Matsune

These Are What I Was Able To Accomplish in 2020 Because of COVID (You Still Have Time To Do the…
I look more

Tina Viju

This Holiday, Please Fill My Empty Chair

Marjorie J McDonald

How to Increase Your Productivity
Writing strategies to implement

Crystal Jackson

The Things We Learned This Year We May Too Soon Forget
When 2020 is over, I hope we’ll remember what we

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Imagine Sheldon On Medium
Reflections from the inner world of rowdy writers, editors, curators, publishers, and platform


Poetry and Walking
The Lockerbie Writers Poetry

Karen Madej

An Interview with Destiny
Celebrity guest presenter Madame Illume welcomes

Joe Luca

Sadness vs. Depression: Ain’t What They Used to Be
One Man’s

Paul Thomas Zenki

Why Science Should Take the Soul Seriously
Long relegated to the realms of religion, myth, and superstition, the soul is actually our most useful concept for a…

Kevin Farran

The Donald Donald Nursery Rhyme
How Trump’s behavior will be sung in years

Luke Beling

3 Simple Ways to Radically Reduce Stress
You owe it to

Neil Shurley

Breath Mints
A short

Emmanuel A. Anderson

6 Things That When You Do You Can Be Great at Conversations
The skills that make one better at

Simon Spichak

Lessons Learned from a Government Agency that Posts Surreal Memes on Social Media
How to make your messaging attractive to your target


The Way Forward
How (and why) treating the Green New Deal as a boogeyman only ensures we all

Chris Holman

Should Education be Free?
How the country will benefit and pay for it; meanwhile, reducing

Karthick Nambi

I Am An Indian Dog
I was called an Indian dog by someone on Facebook for my

Shweta L

How The Brutal Communal Violence Changed My Life 24 Years Back
I saw with the naked eye they set my neighbor on

Michele Thill

Change Your View On What You See
Take a NEW look on this old 2020

Erwin Leonardy

Mustering up the Temerity to Start a Startup in These Uncertain Times
This is the life-journey of a fledgeling tech-entrepreneur who attempts to go against the

Cocoa Griot

My New Canvas
I decided natural is my new

Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Stories from ILLUMINATION-Curated
Compiled by Dr Mehmet Yildiz — Editor in Chief Please enjoy and share. Recent submissions to ILLUMINATION-Curated Cocoa…

Adam Tabriz, MD

The Rise of Industrial America and the Dawn of Individual Liberty
A Chronological Glance at the Inverse Relationship between Corporate Personification and the Individual…

Douglas Pilarski

Can’t Buy a Hat

Jack Burt

The Great Human Race

Rich Sobel

When is the Last Time You Talked About Axolotls?
Heck, do you even know what they are? I didn’t!

Charles Roast

I Had A Great Day Saturday
What’s wrong with me?

Regina Clarke

Apartheid In America: The Demon of White Privilege
We reap now our own desperate heritage as white people who have yet to come to terms with the darkness of our ancestors…

Julie Nyhus MSN, FNP-BC

The progress of negativity may be destroying

Bhavna Narula

My Heart Is Bleeding
I wonder if spilling words will help stop

Liam Ireland

5 Ways How Illumination Curated Works For Advanced Writers
Illumination Curated, Where High Flying Writers Spread Their

Utpal Kumar

Zoom Video Meets Cause Rise in Plastic Surgery
Zoom Dysmorphia seems

Michele Thomas

The Leaves Beneath My Feet
Autumn’s last

James Jordan

The Best Opportunity is Right Now for Writers
Learn about the writing business from the history of Rock and Roll

Nabil Alouani

Why Literally Everything You Do Matters
Your impact on yourself and the world is greater than you

Dr. Dion

Back to Life. Back to Reality. Back to the Here and Now.
In the late 1980s, R&B group Soul II Soul released a single entitled, Back to Life. The song had a simple refrain…

Teresa D Hawkes, Ph.D.

Insights at the Intersection of Science, Art & Religion.
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Make a Speech Like Desmond Tutu
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Leo Guinan

Reflecting on My Startup Journey: Week One
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Vixen Lea

I want a man who wants to text me back
Why you are worth more than an

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Pyjamas of Love and the Sugarplum Fairy Project
“Because every child deserves a new pair of pyjamas.”

Jan M Flynn

How To Show Your Family and Friends You Love Them This Thanksgiving
Hint: from a

Dr. Manishi Pallavi

Happy Diwali
Diwali is a festival of lights over darkness, so fill your heart with the light on this auspicious

Piyush Kamal🎖

The Subtle But Practical Art of Meaningful Detachment
The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror; it grasps nothing; it refuses nothing; it receives, but doesn’t keep…

Suntonu Bhadra

5 TED Talks To Watch Today
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Henery X

Every Move That’s Made Should Be Meant To Elevate Us

CR Mandler MAT

The Day I Screened My Calls

Edward Robson, PhD

5 Reasons Dating is a Waste of Time
For single

Helen Cassidy Page

Where Did All My Average Reading Time Go?
Did I become a cr*p writer overnight or is Medium messing with the algorithm again?

Yve Laran

Voluntary Confinement
Grateful to remain safe and

Mark Alden

5 Reasons Donald Trump Will Run For President In 2024
Don’t say goodbye to the maga hats just

Rich Sobel

Can We Use Ancient DNA to Recover Extinct Plants and Animals?
Using DNA to recover lost traits and maybe even whole animals is not out of the question anymore. But should we?

Lynda Coker

Why Order Bumps are Draining Your Wallet and How to Stop the Leakage
7 Ways to break our love affair with order bumps and

Paul Abela, MSc

Will Your Life Improve Under a New President?
The Republicans and Democrats represent different sides of the same coin. What America needs is a new

Mayur sarda

In my 30’s I am thinking in a lot different way than I used to in my 20’s.
In my 20’s, I have made many blunders like any other 20 something. I was never honest with myself, but now in my 30’s I…

Sandra Barrett

The Squad-Empowering People One Tweet At A Time
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Bill Abbate

A Fresh Look at Air in the World
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Kiranjeet Kaur

20 enzymes that are used in the food & Beverages industry
Enzymes name and its

Steve QJ

The Left Still Doesn’t Understand Trump’s Appeal
Dismissing Trump’s supporters as racist is way too

Sebastian Purcell, PhD

The Aztecs and Stoics Explain How to Gain in Happiness (Even While Losing Daily Joys)
The Key Is To Interrupt Your

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.

Why You Should Write Your Story, Even If You Think Others Won’t Get It
How to get past your doubts and give readers what they

Rebecca Stevens A.

You’ve Got Loads Of White Privilege, Start Sharing It!
White privilege is like winning billions of dollars in the lottery. You’ll never be able to spend it all in your…

Mehmet Yildiz

One Core Leadership Capability To Empower Writers
How three essential points can get you started, increase your confidence, and sustain your motivation for any…

Carolyn Hastings

When Love is a Pain in the ‘But’
my pre-emptive, retrospective admission to inadvertent plagiarism and copyright infringement — or

Dr. Preeti Singh

The Dream and The Reality
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Sarah Towle

Why this Rio Grande Valley Lifer Swerved Off a Secure Career Path to Save Lives at the Border…
When victims of Trump & Co’s cruel immigration policies got stranded in Mexico, Gaby Zavala stood up for their

Leah Njoki

Surprising Things I’ve Learned as a Kenyan Living in Australia
What’s it’s like to be Black in the land down

Matt Stevenson

Elon Musk Is a Better Marketer than Steve Jobs
Three marketing rules from Tesla’s Cybertruck

Jonah Angeles

I Spent Seven Years in University and All I Got was a Useless Psychology Degree
The story of how university made me lose my mind, and how I got it back and found myself in the

Douglas Pilarski

My Polish Hill
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Chris McQueen

How I’ve Found The Key To Successful Relationships
What you can do to unlock this door to deeper

Johannes Mudi

A Tale Of Xavier
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Abena D

6 Ultimate Steps For Success in Life
Success is more than money and material

Robert Trakofler

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Rory Spanton

A Top Scientific Journal Just Published a Racist Algorithm
How a flawed face recognition AI sparked scientific

Nicole Chardenet

How To Become A Canadian
Had enough with the Ignited States? Then it’s time to break up. Here’s

Arpit Ravichandran

5 Ways to De-Stress Yourself
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Paul Myers MBA

Not Everything New Is Good for You
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Muad Arshad

Did Trump promote ‘Crab-Mentality’?
“If I can’t have it neither can you”

Petr Swedock

Who Is Going To Do The Hard Work?
Reconstruction Begins.

Belinda Mallasasime

Knowing When To Let Go of A Dream
I became a Dreamer after listening to ‘Super Trouper’ by

John M Dabbs

Signaling The End for Apple
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Why do we Need Permission?
Stuck between doing what I want and doing what I

Jordan Mendiola

The Importance of Being Picky on Who You Spend Your Time With
Be picky because you only have one life and a limited amount of time on Earth — might as well make it

Mukundarajan V N

The Gut Instinct Is Not a Wild Guess
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Erin King

Why Trumps Followers Are Just Adult Toddlers And It Has Nothing To Do With Politics
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Tree Langdon

Ode to the Sun God
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Dr John Rose

Stories From My Head.
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Jamie Golob

Why Shiva Lingam Have Earned the Title of God Stone

Sophia Lill

7 Alex Trebek Inspiring Quotes
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Keira Fulton-Lees

In Mila’s Eyes
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Jennifer Friebely

My Fantasy Job Writing For Joe Biden
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Tom Hanratty

Master Bao and the Lessons of Power
Spiritual power cannot be taken. It can only be given

Viki Hines

What My Son’s Death Has Taught Me About Life
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Viktor Marchev

5 Easy Ways To Be Less Frustrated While Working At Home
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Government Testimony: Check Reality Before You Panic
Will traffic flow really double & increase golf-cart vs. auto accidents in the retirement community?

Vixen Lea

Finding the Razzle-Dazzle
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Forget About Fixing Your Life: Burn it to Ashes & Start From Rock Bottom
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J.P. Novice

Don’t Study For A Master’s Degree If You Can’t Find Any Job, Here’s Why
Do not escape reality. Put your head down, and keep

Simon Spichak

The Planet Where it Rains Rocks
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Bebe Nicholson

Why Nelson Mandela Can Model Our Way Forward
“Minds that seek revenge destroy states, while those that seek reconciliation build Nations.′′ Nelson

Godofredo Rojas

The Power to Say *No* to the Wrong Money
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Randy Shingler

Arc Of History
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Inevitably moving towards what is right
Knowing arc germinates wide and deep…

Nicole Chardenet

Why Are Some Women Still So Afraid Of Personal Power?
It’s time to stop asking for it nicely. Just seize it, dammit. And stop voting for The

Rosa Walker

I Tried to Unplug My Family From Devices for One Day
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Geetika Sethi

Things That Make You Human
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Dr. Manishi Pallavi

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Neeramitra Reddy

8 Stoic Quotes That Can Change Your Life
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Agnes Laurens

Pizza Delicious
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Authentic Happiness Comes From Speaking Your Truth
The power of speech generates order from

Cairo Walker

Face the Fear and Accelerate Past the Rate of Change
The COVID-19 Pandemic sped-up trends that were already happening — reduced office space, digital acceleration, and…

Keith R Wilson

Looking for My Father in Emerson’s Essays
I recently opened for the first time, a volume of essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson from the collection of old books in my…

Dr. Preeti Singh

A Chance to Be a Celebrity
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Gayle Kurtzer-Meyers

Blue Solace
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Douglas Pilarski

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Rob Cyrier

How Introverts Can Thrive in an Extrovert-Dominant Workplace
Good news — there is still a need for your quiet creative approach in

Emily Wilcox

A Boy Named Lilac
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Utpal Kumar

Find Better Reasons Behind Other’s Functioning
It will help in avoiding demeaning or even idolizing

Kenneth Silvestri

Illumination Curated: Alternative Healing
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Michele Thill

To Look Through the Eyes of Love
It’s a NEW way for us to see…

Mayank Pamnani

12 Major Reasons Why You Cannot Sleep and How To Deal With It
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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.

Still Looking for That Dream Job? Maybe I Can Save You Some Time
3 truths I learned after searching for fifty

Steve Alexander🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸

Only A Writer Would Have This List
A list of places I’ve been, things I’ve done and that have happened to me over 72 years that is of interest to no

Liz Porter

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Dr Mehmet Yildiz

An invitation to fiction writers to unite and collaborate for productive

James G Brennan

Dropping the Fart
A chaotic response to “chaos”

Kevin Farran

12 Thoughts When Spooning at Dawn
How to know if the choice was right, a review when cuddling after 40

Aric D. Mayer

Heal An Ill
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Payal Koul

Reclaim your Rhythm in life

Shrish Tariq

Plant Immunity: Qualitative and Quantitative Resistance
Plant immunity consists of dual resistance mechanisms that are qualitative and quantitative in

Jacquelyn Lynn

Authors: Are You a One-Trick Pony?
If you’re writing a book, don’t be a one-trick

Jack Holmes

You Shall Not Pass: Common Law Rights To Privacy In Your Home

Sumera Rizwan

American Elections 2020
How our world sees

Jim Woods

Find Inspiration In Your Creative Family Tree
Think like your creative heroes to find untapped

Jeanette C. Espinoza

Dear White Women: Now That We Have Your Attention, May I Have a Word? (Part Four)
Five more thoughts from the heart of a Black

Kevin Buddaeus

China Is Keeping A Close Watch On The 2020 US Elections
The sleeping dragon is waiting for his moment to

Viraj Acharya

How To Get Yourself Out Of A Rut
It’s more than just taking a

Abena D

How to End the Cycle of Relationship Self-Sabotage
Work on yourself before you delve into a serious relationship. It might help

Josh Kiev

The Journey of Traveling Ailments
The Battle of “Old-trition”

Bhavna Narula

How to Become Employee of the Year?
Anger shares his proven

Jean Carfantan

The Separation Game
Longing for

Jim West

We Desperately Need Election Reform
It’s easy to do and it must be

Anu Anniah

5 Interesting Ways to Travel From Your Living Room
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Jeff Herring

“I Traded My Couch for a Mouse”
How a Counseling Psychologist Became One of the Good Guys

Adebola Alabi

5 Ways to Build Resilience During Tough Times
Resiliency is your belief in yourself and your ability to achieve your

Rebecca Stevens A.

How My African Identity Was Erased By White Supremacy
Colonialism is another form of white supremacy that seeks to establish white culture as superior to black and brown…

Christopher D. Connors

What Jeff Bezos Can Teach Us About Success and Innovation

Mukundarajan V N

Empathy, the Emperor of All Virtues, Has a Dark Side
Rational compassion seems a better choice than empathy in making a difference in the

Rebecca Sealfon

Breakthrough Stories Make All the Difference
A couple of popular pieces can really raise your profile as a social media writer. Here’s my story, as well as my…

Tee, Conscious Creative

Do You Need A Quitting Coach To Help You Help Other People Exit?
Firings can be drama-free & allow the fired person keep their

Aurora Eliam, CMP

Wisdom on Embracing the World With Love and Understanding
Meet Amma, the mother of

Debbie’s Reflection

The Party Never Stops in Madrid
Why we love Madrid so much!

Akeena M.

Clichés May Be Annoying but They Persist Because They’re True
Here is my take on one of

Anne Bonfert

The Last Day of Freedom
The story about the last hike before they took our

Tania Miller

How Expectation Shapes Our Life
Expectations create our reality and change our

Matthew Royse

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today to Become Smarter
The secret lies in your daily habits not how much time you

Jessica Cote

Here’s A Little Ditty About A True Story
You wanna hear

Jamie Golob

5 Ways to Stomp Out Anxiety and Win Back Your Happiness
Every now and then we all need a little help finding our

Jake Mura

4 Squares by Gary Vaynerchuk About Career and Happiness
as always, Gary tries to lead us to happiness instead of empty wealth, often called “success”

Brandon B. Keith

Don’t You Dare Open Another Browser Tab, App, or Document
A Strategy to Reclaim Your Time, Focus, and

Paroma Sen

The Moment
The One That Was The Truest By

Aaron Meacham

Treating the Poison of American Masculinity with American Literature
How can diverse male literary voices help us have conversations about positive masculinity?

Zachary Minott

How to Effectively Lose All Your Friends and Destroy Your Relationships in 7 Different Ways
A warning from the perspective of a former scumbag that has succeeded in trashing and crippling his past

John Green

Give the precious gift of your attention
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Dr Mehmet Yildiz

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7 Effective Night Habits That Will Ensure Morning Success
A productive morning starts the night

Jess Tam

5 Best Deepak Chopra Advice For Awakening Your Consciousness
“Holding on to anything is like holding on to your breath. You will suffocate. The only way to get anything in the…

Lucia Siochi

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Adam Tabriz, MD

Is Populism riding over the Free Speech?
The use of populist in various sociopolitical domains as a nickname to debunk discord or rationalize suppressing…

Jax Hudur

How to Become the Machiavellian Prince at Work
Put on your ‘ungodly’ hat to preserve your

Neil Shurley

Happy National Donut Day!
November 5 is the most delicious day of the

Maria Marmo

COVID-19 — Welcome to the Hunger Games!
Life is a double-entry system where every loss is someone else’s

Danni Pelcher

The Dirty F-Word
An exploration of the word ‘feminist’ and what that should mean to

Tracy Stengel

My Farewell to Being A Smith
We had a long run, but we needed to part

Anita Durairaj

How to Stand Out as a New Writer on a Crowded Platform
Think of yourself as a small business trying to survive the

Blaine Coleman

It is October 2020 and I Have to Wonder, Where Did the Year Go?
Almost election day and it seems like yesterday was a lifetime

Ahsan Chaudhry

That Plastic Bag Scene from American Beauty … I Need to Remember
I saw the movie “American Beauty” 12 years ago. Recently I came across the shopping bag scene on YouTube. YouTube has…

Marijke McCandless

Mindfulness Helps Unlock the Feisty Writer Within
Meditation helps us dis-identify from our self-critical voices and encourages us to pay attention: both fodder for good…

Sidd Chung

If You Want to Get Better at Life, You Have to Become an UberEats Bike Courier
Helmets are

Lisa Holliday

Mama Cass Did Not Die By Choking On a Ham Sandwich
The true story of Mama Cass

Dew Langrial

7 Ways to Be a Hero Without Doing Anything You Don’t Want to Do
You have to challenge the idea of a stereotypical

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Dreams are Our Allies, Even if We Don’t Remember Them
Dreams create the link between our subconscious and conscious mind and can affect our emotions and thoughts after…

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