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Living 17,043rd human life. I am Marcus (universal name) or you may call me Greg; a deep thinker; an explorer of ideas and the mind.

Are member-owned and operated publications and their editors suffering through an abusive relationship?

I chose as my feature image the narcissus flower. Discussing the flower and its name, the New York Botanical Garden says on its website:

The word “narcissus” is derived from the Greek word narke, meaning numbness (also the root of the word narcotic); the flower may have been named thus because of the intoxicating fragrance of some species.

In mythology, Narcissus transformed into the flower now named for him because:

Unable to leave the allure of his image, he eventually realized that his love could not be reciprocated and he melted away from the fire of passion burning inside him…

A reader asked me: “What if upon reincarnation the person is still a narcissist?” I clarify my thoughts on reincarnation in order to reframe and attempt to answer the question

I entered reincarnation in my image search and chose this conceptual image because the chalkboard evokes a schoolhouse. Shortly after Lindsey’s passing catapulted me back onto my spiritual journey in the passing lane on the Autobahn driving a manual-transmission (stick-shift with a racing clutch, not the paddle-shifting crap that has Enzo Ferrari rolling his eyes from Heaven), vintage Porche 911 Targa,

Monday Prompt

An unbroken line tanka plus four 5/7/5/7/7 memorials to the real deal, signed with an unbroken line salutation of eternal love

Unconditional love rare on Earth ruled by egos and attachments from which awake souls should detach with not suffer from love

Love — Eros and Agape
I gave and you learned
You gave me the greatest gift
Love from a beautiful soul

Please see the decoder ring here

Love’s a condition
that should not have conditions
Love with conditions
is a property exchange
It’s legal prostitution

For the decoder ring, please see White Feather’s

love twixt humans forever?
Perhaps, perhaps not.
Love is a state of being.
Beings constantly in flux.

Diana’s prompt for today happens to be…


Every story benefits from content editing


I work with a few writers on editing their stories pre-submission to any publication of their choosing. Often this involves me being a quasi-translator — in other words, I look at their EFL text, figure out from the context what they were saying in their head, and fix their mistranslation to proper English.

If I spoke a foreign language and translated from scratch, I would get the “translated by” credit. However, for the content-enhancing-capacity by which I do contribute, perhaps I get a little special thanks at the bottom of the piece if the publication allows it, or if…

Buffet style religious and spiritual nourishment

I write this published-response, which is a new modality here on Medium,

which must have been in the works before I complained the other day in

that we could not attach responses-as-stories to our profiles, to this deep and wonderfully spiritual story by an apparent newbie to Medium, Laxaa:

Laxaa writes:

I can’t wrap myself in any one “title” because I have had too many personal experiences.

I am not saying that all “religions” are valid. I am saying no “religion” is valid. Many “religions” contain kernels of truth; aspects of God. Many “religions” lay claim to certain mystics who…

Alignment disorder

I am an editor of ILLUMINATION. In a moment that illuminates the wonderous synchronicities afforded to every single person on Earth, just a few minutes ago, moments from an intention to return to bed, I hopped into our “Q” and at the very top of the list of articles awaiting review for submission, I found Fahim Chughtai’s story The Root Cause Of Addiction.


Volume 4 of my stories featuring diversity in responses to Diana C.’s 30-day poetry challenge

Diana challenged us with 30-days of issued-all-at-once-prompts.

Day 4: Journey of undoing, being and becoming

I chose day-4 for my 4th volume because this piece by Kim McKinney hit my feed in the feature spot this morning:

These lines particularly resonated with my description of myself as a “deep thinker” and “explorer of ideas and the mind.” I hope you hit the link and read the entire piece, which also inspired my choice of image and the title of this collection, as a pupa is another name for a chrysalis or a cocoon:

My new profession is explorer,
Of all the…

First five syllables
Second seven syllables
Pivot at haiku
Seven starts lower poem
Seven finishes with depth

Quoting Brett Christiansen:

So, a tanka poem is like a haiku with two extra lines added. Sometimes, this extra length can offer a little more scope to tell your story. And, unlike haiku, tanka allows metaphors, similes, and personification.

Traditionally, Tanka poems were written as one continuous line. But modern versions written in English are usually formatted over five lines.

Tanka poems typically have a turn or pivot in the third line. An article about Tanka on notes:

Like the sonnet, the…

A poet’s immortal words prominent in my premiere promptsponsive tanka to Sahil Patel’s challenge

The prompt: Write a poem about the thing that you want to change in yourself?

A defense mechanism
Leads to stagnation
Heed Horace’s homily
Arrive at destination

I have battled procrastination my entire life. Some would call it laziness. I get that, but that does not paint the correct picture. I enjoy putting in the work, more so if I like the work. Having a high level of intelligence, I have for the most part gotten away with procrastination. Have I though? …

Viktor Frankl writes “sex is a mode of expression of love…love is not understood as a mere side-effect of sex; rather, sex is a way of expressing the experience of that ultimate togetherness which is called love.”

This shortform responds to Jonathan’s

Yet sex can certainly bring lots of short-term pleasure without love, and many marriages are not based on love but on exchanges for sex.

Unconditional love is attainable.

As sex between soulmates can only be achieved on Earth, hope of making love with soulmates drives willingness to reincarnate into ever more painful lifetimes.

Please also read Esther’s

and my


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