Sunday Digest — Selected Stories

Stories selected from 5,900+ writers supporting 50,600+ readers on ILLUMINATION

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Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Inviting Storytellers From All Aspects of Technology
Join a unique publication aiming to bring writers penning about technology. Reach out to a broad audience using the…

Emily Jennings

Why the Ultimate ‘Self Care’ is to Eliminate the Self
Letting go of the ego is the key to happiness, not an

Tree Langdon

The Universe Wants To Have Sex With You

Deena Thomson

Poppies -Chapter 13-

T.A. Pace

Dopamine: You’re Soaking in It
The key to short-circuiting unhealthy

Nkeonye Judith Izuka

My 5 Do’s for a Successful Beauty Collection.
“Beauty is not caused. It is.” Emily

Floyd Mori

A Vaccine Is Coming
Hopefully, things will

Bryce Godfrey

Why Tips & Tricks Don’t Work
And What To Do

Laine Kaleja

How The Phrase “I Will Try” Keeps Us Away From Achieving Our Goals
And what words to use instead when talking about our

Ivette Cruz


Brian Dickens Barrabee

PhotoHow Did That Red Thing Get Into That Olive
This was a question that I asked myself as a kid. As an adult,after extensive research,I’ve found the answer. I’ll…

Patrick M. Ohana

A free sonnet for my

Aldric Chen

What Is the Value of $80?
I oscillate between frugality and

Matt Ray

Blow-out Preventers & Deathtraps
A Roughneck’s

Janice Arenofsky

Testing for Alzheimer’s
Not on your life!

Mario Lopez-Goicoechea

Living in a Multilingual World
The one about taking the

Sana Hashmi

The Power of Storytelling
The Meaning of Mariah Carey highlights the power of writing— its ability to capture difficult moments, enigmas and the…

Charlene Marron

Java Script
An acrostic poem about what’s

Trista Ainsworth

3 Ways to Stop Hiding and Start Allowing
Abundance is yours when you show

Nancy Ann

A Drift
A Poem about being

Drew Wardle

Faded War

EP McKnight, MEd

A 16 Word Story
Lessons appear when the student is

Kevin Alexander

Do This, Not That
Just do


This Is A Breakdown Of My First $1000 Story
An unplanned and unexpected

Kyle Davison Bair

Biden Says It’s Over, Trump Still Says It’s Not
Fighting back against the death of our

ZyAnn Paul

Gravitational Waves & Vibes
Gravity is a two-way street!

Rebecca Sealfon

Here’s some more very interesting advice from Tim Denning about how to grow your following on…
It’s quite a bit of stuff to mull

Randy Shingler

Fresh Morning Air
Fresh smelling air in cold of morning
Breathing in deeply to savor its smell
Free from frequently noxious fumes,

Aaron Vaserman

Curbing Your Anger in 2020
What a year. Or speaking for the majority of the entire world, quite the opposite. 2020 has been a circus sideshow of a…

Aaron Jacques

5 Ways You Can Learn To Code and Master Your Life In 2021.
A guide to mastering the skill of

Jennifer Dale

Awareness, Do You Have It?
You don’t need to attach yourself to your experience, you can just simply observe

William (Dollar Bill) Mersey

An Empty Shell
My twitter role

Phil Truman

Three Guys Walk into a Bar
So What?

Violet Daniels

4 Months on Medium: A Review
66 stories, 650 followers, 17 publications and $1133 later, what do I think of the platform?

Stuart Englander

The Turn of a Phrase
The catchphrase challenge for

Dew Langrial

Editor’s Choice — Top 10: Your Life and Hopes Are the GPS of Your Writing
Read the stories of these top 10 writers and imagine their writing

Shudeep Chandrasekhar

Making the Hard Turn from Employee to Freelancer
Lots of articles will tell you how to become a freelancer and gain financial freedom and time-independence while…

Josh Balerite Acol

My Writing Solace
Many seek illumination by lighting up a lamp, when the true light is within. — Master Cheng

Lori Lamothe

Climate Cubism
To save one soft

Stephen J. Lalla, LMNOP

You Can’t Know Everything
But You Can Learn

Karthik Rajan

What an African Tribe Can Teach Us About Minding our Language and Nurturing our Children
Many of us do not consider this and we

Sajiv Shah

Why a Tennis Racket Led Russians to Believe the Earth Was Going to Flip
The basic physics behind the Intermediate axis

EP McKnight, MEd

18 Word Story for Clarity
Sometimes what we see, is not what is or reality, the truth will set you

Vee Goldman

Words Can Lift
And words can

Thom Gallet

3 Reasons Why Our System is Working Against Black-Owned Businesses
Why it’s important to spread the love as a

Annick Batamuliza

The Present
The one and only that is granted: the

David Rudder

In a language I’ve not heard


5 Reasons Why Constantly Looking At Your Stats Will Kill Your Motivation
And What You Can Do To Avoid

Jessica Donahue, PHR

What Do You Want Your Legacy To Be?
Newly minted entrepreneurs are told to focus on building a business around a problem they’re passionate about solving…

Denise G

A poem of personal

Sammy Wan

Change is Inevitable
And Here’s How I

Liam Ireland

Caught In The Act
Be in no doubt, plagiarism IS

Dr. Fatima Imam

If I Were You

Kylie Craft

Valuable Tips On Being A Disappointment From An Expert
But things usually work out for me

Markus Scorelius

Biography of a Scapegoat
It’s the little things family does. They add

Roger Himes Esq.

Street Lawyer Street Smarts #1
“How to Get the Most Out of the Best You Have to Offer”

Nathan White

What Tearing up my Knee Taught Me About Life
Sometimes, we learn lessons in strange

Emily Wilcox

The Perspective of the Night
A poem about

Tree Langdon

Tim Maudlin Shows You How to Build Rapport With Readers
Back in early June, it feels like years ago, Tim Maudlin proposed a way to build rapport with readers by using his…

Rebecca Sealfon

Medium has a new, easy-to-publish format for monetizable short-form posts.
This post is an example of

Ivette Cruz


Ellen Clardy, PhD

Consumer Reaction to the Pandemic Shutdown Shock
A Discussion “Initial Impacts of the Pandemic on Consumer Behavior”

Terry Trueman

A Pair of New (or maybe not so new) Thoughts
I hope appropriate to our new times and to the truth that nothing ever changes and nothing stays the same . .

Shourya Agarwal

Nothing Really Changes When All Nuclear Bombs Blow Up
How human self-centeredness has distorted the reality of a nuclear

Bill Forman

Bonobos keep swinging
Peter Gabriel’s simian keyboardist Kanzi turns

Flex Mauto

Lessons from a novice stock investor
What I have learnt in my 5-years of

Neil Pavitt

How A 102-Year-Old Coronavirus Survivor Can Help You Write Better Headlines.
The job of a headline is simple, it has to grab people’s attention and make them read on. It doesn’t have to be…

Jazz Parks

Seven Of The Most Inspiring Self-Help Books Of All Times
I make sure to read each of these books at least once per

Alex Markham

Your Ultimate Guide to English Grammar. Or Maybe Not
Confused by grammar rules? You will

Amy Culberg

Grab Your Readers by the…title
5 reasons your title matters most!

Dr. Shiza Mumtaz

Royalty In Disguise: Chapter 8
I’m literally having an existential crisis feet away from my brother and he is staring into a cat’s

Jeff Herring

Get Started Building Your Highly Responsive List of Gold
I could make this harder, but why…

Sujani Hansanali

What will happen if I Eat only Fruits in Lunch?
Being a fruitarian is

Emmy Chamberlain

How to boost your productivity and achieve more.
Get the job done!

Aldric Chen

This Is Why Our Calendar Is The New Hell.
This is the ultimate question. Do you love what you do?

Maria Rattray

A Life Well-Lived…A Tribute To Mothers
Money doesn’t buy happiness…mothers give it for

Blair Abee

Reinvention. My Hero’s Journey or
Reinvention 101. Challenge and Triumph or Gotta Reinvent Yourself. One

Agnes Laurens

Joshua In The Tree

Mayank Pamnani

My First Day Of Making $10 In One Day Writing On Medium
A new thing


Trump Won Because Math Simply Tells Us So!
And Still, Some People Will Even Argue When Math Is Against Them…

Kimberly Thomas

Dave Chappelle and the Power of Celebrity
Why we pay attention to the rich and

Eden Kunter

How Major Depressive Disorder Has Changed My Life Forever For Good
A wake-up call for a new “me.”

Remy Awika

The 3 States That Make Us Intelligent Beings
We’ve been neglecting the extent of our human


Soft Pink Lips Just In 3 Days Naturally
Reasons Remedies Tips For

Ankit Singh

Why You Should Start Building Your Tribe Right Now
Even if you have no plans on making money

Zach Klebaner

It Varies
A poem of life’s

Emmy Chamberlain

How Writing Makes You A Better Person.
How I improved myself after I started

Akash Nair M S

Confessions From a Writer Who Stopped Writing
It is important to get

Asanka Danushka

One soul can change your entire life
Find hearts, love people if you do correct way ,One soul , enough to change your entire

Emily Lane

In Sane
How do you ask for help when you don’t know what you need?

Emel Bayramoglu

Do You Have Any of These 5 Early Signs of Mental Burnout?
And how to prevent overload before it is too

Zen Michael

7 Things You Lose if You Don’t Learn to Really Listen to Others
Active listening is essentiall to understand the

Michele Grieve

Change Is Coming…
Mother Nature’s Magick, Just When We Need

Randy Wolken

Are You Able To Pay Attention?
In The Distraction Economy, We Can Lose Our

Dianna Carney

Demi Lovato’s Alien Encounter
Could her strange social media post indicate another relapse?

Britni Pepper

Check out the new shortform story model!

Larry Nowicki

Giving Myself to Hope
And the

Alexis Behrend

My Snow White Kiss.
The night I was brought back yo LIFE by my Asperger

Luqman Abdi

Can Cognitive Dissonance Hold You Back While Investing?
Taking control when your plan and the reality

Vixen Lea

Now What?!? (Parenting without the manual)
Spoiler alert: You will probably get it

Brenda Abigail, MSc

The Most Empowering Question You Can Ask Yourself
Take responsibility for your own

Eden Kunter

Comparing Pandemic Strategies Between Turkey, the United States, and England
Questions continue and our new enemy becomes even more

Najwa Helyer

Accepting My Mother As A Human Being
She wasn’t just my mother, she was her own person

Agnes Laurens

Packing It All
What is a package?

Brian Dickens Barrabee

What Would You Say If You Could Write Your Own Recommendation
It’s surprising how acurately and articulately people write their own recommendation letters if given the

Lucy The Eggcademic (she/her)

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — Review
Rating: 9/

Fahim Chughtai

The psychology of compulsive behaviour
How compulsions are different from addictions and

Blair Abee

Ride the Wave
We were reasoning. 
“Ride the wave”, she said.
“Surf the wave,” I said.
Full moon pulsing,
Country suffering.

Bill Abbate

How to Find Freedom in Your Life
The one true source of

Tim Maudlin

De-grinch a GRINCH With Gratitude
6 steps to de-grinch the grinchiest of

Pene Hodge

The Angel I Knew
We lived in a patriarchal world! Women mostly belonged to men. That’s how it was. It was a different time and

I. Trudie Palmer

Asking the Why
Keep the reader interested, that is your only

Jim McAulay🍁

Route Canal

Louis Dennis

A Year Painted In Grey

Sabana Grande

Good Times DON’T Exist
TIMES are always good or bad in retrospect. And it doesn’t matter anyway!

AJ Krow

How Apple’s AR Glasses Can Benefit the Blind
Current technologies can provide many benefits for the visually impaired if Apple develops it

Paul Myers MBA

A Leader Who Believed in People First
Leadership lessons that we can learn from Tony

James Frank Sanders

The Carwash Man
My expert advice to

Maria Rattray

A Mock Wedding, A Jilted Bride, And A Wedding Dress In Ruin
Honesty is a very expensive gift, but it’s a price worth paying…

Terry Mansfield

Bessie Smith, Empress of the Blues
One of the giants of America’s Jazz

Freda Savahl

Failing to Fight the Demon of Resentment.
An Admired Community Man Turned

Terry Mansfield

My Time in a Boy Rock Band
As a teenager, I was a member of a boy rock band in the mid-1960s. Alas, fame and fortune eluded us, but we still had…

Rob Cyrier

A Christmas Gift Giving Tradition That Will Melt Your Heart
How to start a creative holiday tradition that will strengthen your family bonds and bring your family closer

Nicole Maharaj

A Space Opera
Otherwise known as Star

Christopher Harvey

A Review of Some of My Favorite Top Selling PS4 Games
A suggested list and review of several PS4 games just in case you missed

Markus Scorelius

Political Doublespeak, Truth, the Trumpism Phenomena and Our American Families
Our language, communications, and debates broken, the tyranny of the minority

Wendy Scott

How I Found Love by Narrowing my Dating Criteria
Find a match by being clear about

Bhavna Narula

When My Eyes Spoke
Their revelation made me

Sam Writes Security

Computer Age
We’ve gone

Joseph Mills

Why I Listen to and Watch Classics
….And you should

Sylvia Emokpae

When You Can’t Sleep, Try This
A 3-step process that helped me battle anxiety at

John Ross

Long Distance Lovers
Poetry —

Aldric Chen

How To Think About Money Matters — Spend It Or Save It?
It depends on how we

Vaijayanti M

For the love of God, get that Corona vaccine already.
The Covid-19 vaccine gamble: where the bets have been placed and

Manas Bhardwaj

What Makes Our Mother’s So Special? 4 Life Learnings —
People will never forget, how you made them

K Ann

My Dog Chased Me With a Steak Knife
A couple stories about raising a Golden


Creative Confrontation
In this marriage, actions spoke louder than

Rebecca Sealfon

Being a recipient of an Israel-Palestine peace grant
It means I’m giving a talk about the project tomorrow.

Kevin Lee

The Muted Joy of Frugality
Conscious trade offs determine how I spend my money, time and

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