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The seduction begins

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Mezcal, the smooth but naughty liquor illegal to produce in the United States, welcomes you to the swanky lifestyle of up-scale drinking with a smooth taste that far surpasses any tequila. Oven-baked, this agave increases a Millennial’s threshold to simply relax, savor, and relinquish control to the euphoric, mild hallucinogenic properties: a liquor so smooth that it allures adventurous types to find a sense of home in every sip it delivers.

According to legend, a lightning bolt struck an agave plant in the Oaxacan desert, directly heating its core where it surrendered to splitting in half and sharing divine pleasure.


How to overcome unconscious stressors

Re-entry

When the plane hits the tarmac at LAX, I feel a sense of relief to be home. After moving away 25 years ago, my yearly visit is a requirement in my marriage. I must see the ocean. The mighty blue Pacific is where my soul comes to recharge. It is also where my brother scattered the ashes of both my father and grandmother off the Santa Monica Pier.

And although I visited dozens and dozens of times, an eerie feeling swells within me. …


It is your choice where you land

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Of course, the money enticed me. I did not care about delivering anyone’s newspaper. But I did like collecting payments from customers on the way to the mall to buy coke bottle gummies. However, every month I would end short of what I owed, and my dad begrudgingly paid for the neighborhood’s paper to be delivered for over a year.

The context of my life teetered around preoccupied hippy parents who married after five years of courtship in a Buddhist temple at the Self Realization Center in Santa Monica, where speaking was prohibited.

My dad was my mother’s drug dealer…


The inevitable outcome of involving yourself in other people’s business

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My general manager began making sexual innuendos to the younger girls on staff at the restaurant in which I bartended after a recent separation from his wife. For instance, if a young woman asked for the keys to the office, he would tell her to grab them from out of his front pocket with her hand. Or he would ask them to drink with him after their shift. This placed the young females in an awkward position that infuriated me.

My workplace was fraught with dysfunction, and the example of…


How it affects your life

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This is the thought that woke me up from a nightingale sleep as if I was experiencing it in real-time. Walking into his hospital room, my cousin, Chris was sitting up being soothed by his loved ones. He looked up and saw my brother and me and began to hyperventilate.

A single tear rolled down his eye, and we were rushed out of the room.

The sight of Chris seeing his cousins signaled to him that his situation was dire. …


Feature writers that shine

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Our writers dazzle readers, shedding light with limitless boundaries of what you may find. Be it eclectic, sophisticated, eloquent, informational, controversial, and sometimes provocative, our writers invite readers to reach into their souls, hearts, and minds.

Predetermined subjects do not enslave illumination; our writers engage their audience by radiating originality that reaches the depths of their being. And other times, they are just funny, creative, and willing to share their experiences others dare not write.

The glory of Illumination is the writers’ step into the spotlight, without censorship, without judgment. …


An editorial: The First Amendment

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Is this the land of the free? I am just not sure anymore. But how could I find out if I wanted to anyway? The slanted news engages in emotional tactics that replace logic.

It is highly known that once someone becomes emotional in an argument, they are have already been defeated. This whole nation lost its edge, and they are still fighting each day about uncorroborated facts under the clause of freedom of speech: a clause we lost the minute the members of Congress.

And we…we became pawns in a game we unknowingly play to obtain material objects with…


Great article. In the past six months I was forced to manage my stress. It was either go blind or let go of stressors. I have been successful in ruling out events that do not need my attention and I am aware of the good stress: BRING IT ON. Geat article Dr. Yildiz!


Children do not do this at home

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Dare I say unconventional?
They will whisper for awhile.
But ever since I was born,
I have had no routine at all.

I am a caring person,
Playful but forbearing.
However, when examing my style,
People cannot stop glaring.

My teeth are brushed a dozen times,
I do not eat three meals a day.
I am told I need a schedule.
But my work gets done anyway.

I have moved and I have traveled
Discovering in wonder
Experiencing events few ever will
With piss, and might, and thunder.

To know me is to love me.
From afar, I might seem…


Mirror Mirror on the Wall

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We do not advance on the path alone. The evolution of our species is built upon an unconscious necessity to mirror each other. These remarkable “mirror neurons” simultaneously collaborate behavior and observation, creating a domino effect: much like flow, when we interact with each other.

For instance, you are sitting with Johnny at lunch. The measure of your relationship is irrelevant. Within moments as you talk, you and Johnny begin to mirror each other's non-verbal cues and simultaneously merge feelings of each other, eliminating separation and nurturing synergy.

Synergy- the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or…

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