For this new rendition of the editor’s choice theme, I include stories that the people (readers) loved the most.
The stories are selected based upon their impact on readers, as expressed through readers’ meaningful engagement. These are stories that had the most fans and facilitated meaningful community engagement, not just clicks and claps. The content of engagement counts the most.
Many writers grow tired of the clicky culture we find in mainstream media.
We do not stand alone as the developers of our greatest online platforms also want to build online communities where we engage meaningfully.
Lately, there have been…
Success appears to be less about the world wanting what we have to offer and more about our resolve to give it, even in the face of rejection. Most of the work that has made the greatest impact on our human existence was done without permission.
Perhaps there is truth in what we have heard 1,000 times but rarely live by.
Great success is not the result of our life’s work being discovered or accepted by the world. …
When she took him, he was just a very small boy — 2 years old.
As I prepared for the bus ride to take him there, I scrambled to afford both the ticket and diapers.
I just had to get him there. If I could just get him there, he could be safe.
“He doesn’t have to stay forever — it’s only temporary”, I thought to myself, over and over. But I knew that I couldn’t stay with him.
It looked like an impossible task. If I could even come up with the money to buy the tickets, we would…
Writing this title, ‘A Colorless White World’, I get a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. With a title like this, I may generate immediate disgust by some readers. A colorless world doesn’t sound good. And as a white person, I cannot talk about anything societal in my world that is ‘not good’ because of my ‘white privilege’.
Implying that I suffer from anything — especially related to race — or that anything is being forced upon me will surely be followed up by accusations of my white privilege, entitlement and ingratitude.
Who am I, a white woman…
Most readers never notice, at least not consciously. The subconscious mind, however, is a powerful thing.
Pull up any article from the Washington Post or the New York Times. Grab any book from your bookshelf.
You will never find a straight quote:
' or "
You will always find curly quotes.
‘ or “
The vertical quotes that you find on your keyboard were never created for publishing. They were created as a shortcut for typewriters and are also referred to as ‘primes’. They are used in numerical measurements to indicate inches and feet.
5'7 or 4" would be…
Perhaps, Albert Einstein was onto something with his all-time famous quote about the destruction of the world.
The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything — Albert Einstein
Although I am certain most of us can identify with these words, it is clear that a majority of us do not practice them in our daily lives.
Here are a list of questions I posed in my short piece, from October, titled ‘The Home of The Brave — Change is in Our Hands’
We say we want justice. But…
This is was created from an adapted excerpt of my story about why I write for publications and why I don’t have to.
Democratization of the publishing industry began centuries ago and is still underway. We are at a new turning point, however, and Medium is the spearhead.
There was a day in the far off past where the lock and key system was in place, even for reading.
You couldn’t simply decide to read a book and go to a public library, let alone ‘search it up’ online.
The gates to the kingdom of knowledge were locked.
For any newbie or writer who isn’t yet plugged into a network, MPP status is about more than what meets the eye.
Moodiness is my lot this morning. Since I can’t go back to sleep, in hopes of waking on the ‘right side of the bed’, I will use my mood to write about some of the moodier aspects of writing and creating on social media.
If I am a little more ‘snippety’ or ‘snappety’ than usual, welcome to my ‘bad mood’.
Bad moods aren’t all bad, though.
The good thing about my bad moods, when they come, is that sometimes they help me get things done.
All I do is take the overwhelming urge to complain and transform that into creating…
This is an adapted excerpt from my story about celebrating ourselves to achieve success. It will serve as a short-form concept explanation.
We talk about the two sides of the coin often — primarily in reference to personal inventory and human nature.
Here’s what we mean.
Everything is a paradox and everything has its own opposite. Many things could not even exist without their opposite — darkness and light, good and bad, etc.
All principles, values and ideals have two sides, like a coin. That is why we hear so many self-development voices talking about boring-sounding balance.
Maybe I am…
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