Issue #1

Selected stories from 8,500+ writers supporting 79,000+ readers on ILLUMINATION

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Upon your request, we started a new series featuring stories submitted to ILLUMINATION recently.

We selected a small number of great stories from a broad range of topics for your enjoyment today.

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Dr Mehmet Yildiz

Understanding Our Genes Is Not A Luxury Anymore
Technical availability, financial affordability, and potential health benefits of DNA tests and genetic

Natalie Frank, Ph.D.

How Can I Write Completely From the Heart Without Hurting the People I Care About?
Advice on how to determine how to write about sensitive topics that involve

Alana Rister, Ph.D.

3 Unconventional Entrepreneurial Lessons from NASA’s Perseverance
None of them are about

Richelle Délia, PhD

The Sloppy Growth Hack that Works like a Charm
Imperfect, embarrassing action is the key to fast
The Power of Asking for Help
Be vulnerable, it’s good for

Beth Bradford, Ph.D.

Students Need to Learn Failure
The Power of Zero can be a

Brian E. Wish, PhD

We’re Over Coronavirus
Will the lockdown states explode?

Bill Abbate

How to Focus Better and Enjoy Your Work More
Would you like to enter the state of autotelic flow more often in life?

Bonnie Johnson

Alzheimer’s is Slowly Erasing My Mother
She’s disappearing right before my

Philip Brittan

Scientific Method
A poem of

Gary Westfal

Day Dreamers
If you can imagine it, you can achieve

Michael Adelizzi

How “Making an Effort” Becomes Meaningful Change
Grab a pencil, paper, and your honest

Camille Grady

The Silence Is Deafening
The comfort of

Michael Banks

My love of grass
Fat Tuesday has me hungry for some fine

Keri Mangis

Why Enlightenment is Not my Path
The Path I’ve Chosen

Sujani Hansanali

A Letter from my Old Papa
“Cherish youth, but trust old age”

Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她)

Weirdest Food Combinations
A prompted


The Blindness She Has
Is that what I can’t

Melanie J.

Cancun Cruz

Tree Langdon

This leader is not afraid to take on the establishment.
He likes to break

Bob Dumont

Flight of the Monarchs
And where are the bees?

Terry Mansfield

Not The Smartest In The Room
A good leader knows what a great team consists
Humankind’s Destiny?
The path on which we find ourselves is not a promising

Gippolito Ndp

5 questions that, if answered truthfully, tell us everything we need to know about anyone running…

Geetika Sethi

Life’s All About Shining
Shining through brightly in your own time — be it sunshine or

Aldric Chen

What I Learned About Our Ability To Bounce Back And Avoiding The Cliff Edge.
We have to focus on

Georgia Dimitrious

Balancing My Alter Egos
Francesca, The Ring

Ivette Cruz

Peace to Your Heart
There are things we can’t

Terry L. Cooper

Ninja Miracle Grow

Josh Balerite Acol

What Are You When You’re In Love?
My way into a poetic form called
My Unmourned Diary
My attempt at a cinquain poetic

Chris Weber

How Readers get Followed
They use the

Dr. Preeti Singh

Beat The Stress By Enjoying Your Vacation
Staycation, workcation, and vacations are new ways to beat the stress and get back to working

Vinay Lokesh

Nightmare, they have come all over,
you are standing up numb there,
in a world so unjust and unfair,
heart so bare…

Isabela Vasiliu

Transcendental Forests: Great+Full=Grateful
Feeling grateful is always within

Patrick M. Ohana

A marked

Melinda Heyer

Five Steps to Stop Worrying and Take Positive Action
My favourite technique to help me stop

Chloe Paulina Hawes

Maybe Courage is Blue
A poem about trauma taken in

Alyssa Castellanos, MA.Ed.

What I Learned From My Husband — An Avid Video Game Player
The 4 most important lessons I have learned watching him

Bahora Saitova

Stop degrading kind men by calling them simps
Since when has kindness become synonymous with weakness and ingratiation?

Randy Wolken

Success Is Gradual, Just Like Failure
Let your simple choices lead you to

Jaga Czub

Too Woo-Woo for Me
A case for open-mindedness in

Francesco Joseph

How Steve Jobs Embraced His Biggest Failure
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower — Steve

Dayton Parks

How Soda Pop and Ice Cream Can Teach Us Not To Hate
I’ve been debating about writing this story for several

Karen Madej

Weekly Wisdom from Karen
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Neil Pavitt

Having Trouble Knowing What To Write About? Try A Cuckoo Blog.
Use this method to guarantee you’ve always got a starting point for your

Walter Bowne

Politicians Should Not Be Cult Figures
Should any human be considered a savior?

The Despicable Hippie

Free Museum

Akarsh Nalawade

Keep Your Readers Hooked
5 Ideas To Convert Your Fans To

Viv Bora

Improve your Credit Score by following proven steps
A journey with Julie, who has nearly doubled her credit score in 12 to 18

Swathi Arun

Is green tea an overpriced marketing ploy?
Couldn’t believe what I

Sarah Seweryniak

Want To to Land Your Dream Job? Do This 1 Thing to Set Yourself Apart
Would you rather land your dream job that you’ll love or watch someone else achieve their career dreams?

Teri Daniels

How to Master Tweets Faster:
My 5-Step Twitter Guide for


It is Not More Money You Need, It is More Principles
The Best Personal Finance Lessons I have Learned from

Kyle Chastain

One Ancient Rule That Will Help You Have a Life Full of Meaning
Strip or

David Pereira

How I Started Making 600USD+ Monthly on Medium
Ten tips for writing engaging content and growing

Ashley Richmond

5 Powerful Life Lessons I Learned on My ‘Think Day’
#3 Always view discomfort as a

Dean J Murphy

3 reasons why people do not buy something
It does not matter if the decision is about the new gym membership, buying a product or investing in self development…

Efron Koen, MFA, MA

Seven Things Bosses Say That Are Killing Millennial Souls
What the heck is with this death grip on keeping things the same? What is with being fine with bad work as long as it…

Dave Smith

Five Practical Steps to Break the Busyness Vortex
Solutions to the Vicious Cycle of

Pakang Senosha

Loneliness is bad for our health.
Science explains the effects of

Eric Sutherland

My share grants have been fully vested
The company wants to buy back my

Brian Dickens Barrabee

He Could Have Been Anything
Sitting behind his desk was; some type of god?


One-Month Anniversary with Medium
What I’ve learned and want to share with

Selina Hajarat

The Essential Steps of Overcoming Any Addiction
How to put a stop to the addiction controlling you — and sustain


Our Mental Patterns Set the Tone of Our Lives — and Some Need to Be Broken.
My Love and I have a toxic pattern — we each exercise opposing core values on the eve of our

Shiraz Zafar Hussain

Why we can’t see God
Some random reasons why it is better that God stays

Floyd Mori

There Is No Excuse For Such Hatred In Families
Due to politics and Donald

Kylie Craft

Overlooked Reasons Social Media Is Useful Technology
The positives of social media may outweigh the

Carole Olsen

Which, Mitch?
Was it the Senator who retaliated to Trump’s nasty remarks?

Jacquelyn Lynn

How do you handle masks and touching a year into the pandemic? Here’s my approach:
When people are coming into my space (my home, my car, and close physical proximity), I tell them in advance what my…

T. Mark Mangum

Mr. Mason and the Carions, Information, Part 4
Deep Space Colony Systems are a collection of 12 space Orbs that orbit a massive central Orb. This artificial…

Nuno Fabiao

3 Overwhelming Reasons Why Your Audience Ignores Your Milestones
There is still one more, but this one is worth

Morten Jensen

How To Stay Happy After All Your Dreams Come True
Cultivate happiness with these 6 simple


If You Liked ‘the Social Dilemma’ Here Are 4 Podcasts to Listen to
Find out how technology is subtly manipulating you without you even being aware of it through the discussions in these…

Diana Bernardo

Didn’t You Know That Wearing a Mask Makes Your Arms Fall Off?

João V Souza

Why You Can Work And Have Fun Anytime
The Seven-Day

Alan Sepulveda

Five Habits of the 1% club
Radical differentiation and

Jonathon Larkins

6 Steps To Earn Whilst You Learn
You’ve Wasted Being A

Krishna V Chaudhary

You Need a Plan, Not an Endless Quest for Motivation
Here’s is the plan to be more


Introduction To New Writers
Onboarding new writers joining ILLUMINATION, ILLUMINATION-Curated, ILLUMINATION’S MIRROR, SYNERGY, Technology

Christian B. Mbayabu

Knwoledge Levels
Knowledge is

Alyssa Castellanos, MA.Ed.

The 3 Steps to Start Loving Yourself Again.
Overcoming your insecurities to find self-love and

Sam Wren-Lewis

What Kindness And Mindfulness Can Learn From Each Other
How can we be kind without without trying to fix people? How can we be mindful without being cold and detached?

Markus Skårnes

How To Figure Out What You Want In Life
These tools will help you determine your values and

Elvie Lins

Making A Sustainable Income In Portrait Photography
How to Build a Successful Career in Portrait

Stuart Englander

Day Tripping: February 23
Accusations, Agreements, and

Rosy Gee

Voices in My Head: The Result of a Toxic Relationship?
The Lies and Deceit were

Aigner Loren Wilson

What the Wind Told Me
When you stand alone at the edge of a field and road, do you hear the wild wind calling you home?

Kaylan Mah

What is Period Poverty and Why Should We Care?
Bringing menstruation struggles into the

Josh Slack

Football: What has happened to FC Barcelona?
Their problems on the pitch have been bad, but that’s nothing compared to the mammoth $1 billion worth of debt the…

Nicole Maharaj

The Best Friends of Captain America
A look at Sam Wilson and

Riku Arikiri

How to Talk to Your Crush: Taking Chances 101
It works like a charm! Your very own super-secret technique!

Amin Sazuki

Your Fixed Mindset is the Villain in Your Life Story
Slay it, or remain a slave to

Rebecca O’Brien

Deja Vu, Deja Reve, and Jamais Vu
What are they, and how many have you experienced?

Shikhar Chaudhary

Ancient Hindu Saint Believed These Three Things Control Your Happiness
I followed his advice for three months. Here’s what

Michael Patanella

Willingness To Accept
It’s never too

Carmelo San Paolo

Why the Left and Right Are Both Wrong About Inequality
The truth is simpler than we’re led to

Harry Hogg

Yes, I remember. I remember it all.
The shameful games we


The Road Less Travelled-Stoney Pond State Forest
Volume 5-Stoney Pond NY State

Ilana Rabinowitz

The Problem With Those “I Made $6,254 Last Month Writing For Medium” Articles
I confess that I’ve been enticed to read many of those articles. But, although I may walk away with a tip or two, they…

Joy Nibbs

A Vendor’s Complaint

Francesca Gabrielle Bavaro

Never Forget: A Patriot’s Poem

Terry Trueman

Fancy Red Sports Cars
A gorgeous red Corvette can make men feel younger, more vital and powerful, but only if they drive it . .

Shivangi Patel

Cheating Each Other

Sonja Wendt

Let’s Talk Dirt
Cultivating Compassion in Children — Step

Gal Mux

What Happens When A Catholic Priest Fathers A Child?
The Catholic church has been riddled with scandal since time

Jesse M. Gonzalez

Poem for the Ones I Will Never See Again
To my dear friends and family who I have

Jazz Parks

Your Bedtime Routine Will Determine The Success Of Your Morning Ritual
Adopt these bedtime habits and change your

Brown Lotus

An Ode to the Boogey-Man
What are you afraid of?

Wanita Isaacs

My thoughts are pleasing to me

Wendy Scott

6 Signs You’ve Found Your Soulmate
Have you met a keeper?

Liam Ireland

Living With The Ever Present Past
Riding life on the crest of a

Stuart Englander

Day Tripping: February 24
Freedoms, Fear Mongering, and Final

Aparna Das Sadhukhan


Sheryll James

Putting the Odds in Your Favor When Choosing a Life Partner
An Honest Examination of How Your Dreams

Neha Sandhir S

Let The Storks Carry

Dr. Fatima Imam


Shireen Sinclair

While there is still time
If you are too tired, slow

Olivia Th

A reminder to all the people in love
I hope,

John Ross

Time Is Not the Most Precious Thing We Have
So what is more important than time?

Brad Creech

Three Dangers of Social Media
It’s more than just

Stephen J. Lalla, LMNOP

Get Advanced Notice of What’s in Your Mailbox
United States Postal System Gets

Hailey Chantalle

You Aren’t Falling Behind
Even if social media would suggest

Jessie Hamilton

12 Tips To Get Organized
It’s easier than you

Noah Nelson

Voracious Reading Habits Is a Game-changer
How reading 20 minutes changed my

Madeleine Ann Lawson

Heart Murmur
I believed in the urgency with which your hands
jumped to mine and held tight, like a robin’s feet to the branch.

Jimmy Meyer

The Cage That Is Self-Consciousness
Unlock That Door And Be

Lola Idowu

4 Steps to Training Self Control like Any Other Muscle
And How This is the Key to


Holism, Synergy, and Out of the Box Thinking
Exploring altered states and

Keri Mangis

What Are You Willing to Trade for Wisdom?
It costs a lot, because it’s worth a

The Despicable Hippie

I Sing While I Sleep
Confused? Let me explain…

Raktim Gogoi

7 Tips To Get More Glowing Skin
How to look younger and age

Obsidian Eagle

A Multilingual

Kit Campoy

Wanting Everything Has Become Exhausting, Hasn’t it?
Working in retail for two decades has shown me that less is

Talya Adams

4 Keys to Finding Your Squad
It’s never too late to find your

Paul Douglas

Goodbye, I Will Love You Forever!
A short story bout


The Dream Behind ILLUMINATION’s Slack Network
The Inspiration You Get From ILLUMINATION’s

Carole Olsen

Did They Live Happily Ever After?
The Fairy Tales that suckered us into believing it was

Aldric Chen

How To Be Prepared For The Next Linkedin Downtime.
It will happen again. We know it will and we do not know when. So, it is a good practice to be prepared for

Ferhat C.

How to Learn a Foreign Language
10 tips from 10 polyglots on language

Paul Abela, MSc

Are Great Leaders Born to be Great?
History suggests

Emlyn Boyle

Old Wolf
Something bad may also be something sad. A fresh look at an old

Ephraim Champion

Why Are Successful People Weirdos?

Kathy Brunner

Summoning Superman
How to return to the Childlike Confidence we need now more than

Jarryl Boey

5 Mental Illness Signs You Should Not Ignore
Your Mental Health is something you should take seriously, especially this year!

Greyson Albano

Habit Stacking: Accelerate Your Self-Improvement Effortlessly
Get more done in the same amount of

David R Gwyn

A 4-Step Lesson in Patience from a Middle School Teacher
You can build your patience by practicing these quick

Vincent Cardella

The Fastest Way To Change Your Reality
I do not make that statement lightly…

Kristy Lynn

Plant Trees and Clean the Oceans With the Click of a Button
Get an eco-friendly search engine — now!

Vincent Cardella

Practical Insights To Fuse Your Mind And Emotions
I wish I knew this sooner!

Nancy Ann

A Poem about

Kevin Ha

The Appeal of the Clear Career Path
And why so many people fall into careers that aren’t right for

Gershom Umar

The Accident of Our Justice System
My experience with the Nigerian justice

Aravind Balakrishnan

21 Inspirational Quotes that Makes So Much Sense For a Medium Writer
This might just be what you wanted to


A Brief Introduction: Dharan Murali
Just like the sun above in the picture that represents the life force, I love to emit positive rays to all my readers…

Steven Anthony

Everything in Moderation is Too Much Bull…
Diet professionals who use the phrase show they don’t know what they are talking

Robert Planz

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Marketing Major
How to succeed in the field of

Etienne Yuan

Rituals for Better Remote Work
How to prime your mind and body to form a habit of high

Denise G

A Squeak and a Pop
A poem about feeling

Joe Luca

Death Turns Sullen
20 February 2021 Saturday Poetry Prompt:

Dr. Ming

Why Gratitude Brings Greater Happiness?
And how you can practice gratitude in

Robert Trakofler

A Cabin in the Woods
To inhale the dusk a poetic

Kenan Kolday

7 Good-Intended Behaviors That Can Make You A Loser
Unfortunately, even the good behaviors could be misunderstood and put you in

Sabana Grande

How to Find Out What Topic Your Article Got Curated In
Solving the mysteries behind Medium’s curation

Shaista Malik

One-Lined Poem: Happiness (#6)
A phrase about one simple pleasure in

Amelie Bauer

Lust is alive and free
Lust is alive and

Tim Maudlin

Me, Me, Me, Me, Me!
The closedness of Me-First

Carel Kolchinski

Losing Weight With Hypnotherapy
Does it work?

Lois Requist

When Health Studies Started Including Women
It wasn’t that long


How To Build Powerful Professional Relationships As An Introvert
Don’t be someone

Lindsey Moore

Stop Telling College Students That Certain Majors Have No Value
Who determines which majors or degrees are valuable?

Anu Anniah

Ever Heard of ‘By Two’ Coffee?
This is something fun and unique to

Luciana Lambert

Hanging by a Thread
Scarred, uncertain, and

Gary McBrine

Why Do You Create? — You Don’t Need to Know
Knowing your “why” is fine for business, but unnecessary for the


Best Stories and Courses Written for Better Writing
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Azja Delana

First Person That Inspires Me To Be Successful Is Eminem
“I’m trying to give you the life that I never had”

Walter Rhein

What I’ve Learned From My Weekly Column For The Writing Cooperative
How a writing obligation can affect your

Macey Malone

My Burning Tears

Karen Parquet

Journaling for Productivity Over 30 Days and What I Learned
Are you someone that loves to be productive but sometimes has those days where being that way is like pulling teeth to…

Jimmy Meyer

Being Selfish Is A Good Thing
Everyone is

Lyle Grossi

Belief Needs to Be Manifested in the Mind
Take action and get moving by using the mind in your

Cassie Ring

Short Form Video Platforms
Should you use TikTok, Instagram Reels, or YouTube Shorts?

Hannah Berman

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Kids Read “Pippi Longstocking”
This classic might be more problematic than you recall!

Adebayo Adeniran

Formation: The making of Nigeria from Jihad to Amalgamation.
A review of the most important and arguably the best written book, thus far on Nigerian

Nasar Karim

Did you ever?
A poem about

John Ross

Talking to My Shadow

Reilly Dufresne

Failing to Write a Novel, Not Once but Twice
Why this was the best thing to

Lee Dixon

3 Subtle Benefits of Beeswax Candles
And where you should flex your purchasing

Maria Rattray

What On Earth Is The Universe Made Of?
When it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe…

Abdullah Nadeem

Why You Don’t Want To Be Rich — The Real Definition of Wealth
Who do you think is richer, ‘John’ who earns £50k a year or ‘Bob’ who earns £150k a year?

Jessie Hamilton

8 Simple Tips To Feel Better
Guaranteed to

Michael Datz

To Stay As Friends
A poem about

Agnes Laurens

What does a shawl meant to you?

Lilian Poon

Changing Your Self-Talk Can Change Your Life
Tackle imposter syndrome by shifting away from binary thinking to spectrum

Jesús Vila

Green Gaming: Viney-Vibes
Whenever we think about what differentiates us from other animal species, it is not uncommon to view reason as the…

Kris Downey

How Nike’s Famous Slogan Helped Me Get My First Byline
My first regular byline resulted from a Nike-inspired decision to Just Do It, sweaty palms, queasy stomach, dry mouth…

Ikram Al Mouaswas

What Happens When You Think of Life as a Grocery Store.
And 4 things you can do for the optimal shopping

Stephanie Nicole

How the Virtual Classroom Expands Our World
Although the classroom feels less intimate, it has given us more revelations about our

Ryan Porter

The Most Fulfilled Version of Your Life Exists in the Present
Anxiety only exists in the past and the

Ilona | Dev Invests 📊

One Of The Best Creative Problem-Solving Techniques
Give this brainstorming technique a try! See the difference it will provide the next time you explore solutions through…


Think of The Money You Will Save If You Stop Smoking Now
What Will You Do With All That Cash?

Reylia Slaby

The Fearful Artist
Honest musings from a

Beatrice Wedd

Oh, Holy Social Media: A Sonnet in VI Parts
Oh, Rectangle, oh!

Jaivir Hans

8 Meaningful Reasons I’ve Read 1,825 Hours In 1,825 Days
Why — and how — I began, and how you can gain all the same benefits if you show

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