Collection of Assorted Stories & Poems by R. Rangan PhD

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thankful for kindness
community & connection
I feel gratitude

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I was introduced to Medium by way of an invitation to write short articles for Science & Soul. Since then, I have had the privilege to have my words find homes in wonderful publications such as TBiN, WotW, Literary Impulse, GiaB, PNT, Better Advice, iPoetry, WTB, Finding Greatness and Doctor Funny — If you haven’t had a chance to check these amazing collections — please do so at your earliest convenience — these publications amplify unique voices and are actively building communities.

While these…


A ray of light

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The beauty of a lotus
needs muddy waters
From the depth
of despair rises hope

Just when you
thought it was all over
Begins preparation
for the next round

Hang tight!

Roller coaster of emotions
ride but not to give in
Sometimes lose sight, maybe
but overcoming the blight

There will be a new day
after night comes daylight
Togetherness will find a way
And keep hope alive


For hope is the light
that can illuminate lives
Keep the faith alive
and inspirations high

Where hope leads
magic surely follows
Dreams shine bright
and all becomes possible

Hope —…

Ways to Improve your self-esteem

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The origin of many human behaviors can be batted around in the nature/nurture debate. But when it comes to self-esteem, one can be absolutely certain that there are always external causes.

No child is born with low self-esteem; rather, self-critical thought patterns develop over time primarily as a result of external stimuli, input from others, and attributions that we make.

Self-esteem can be defined as an individual’s subjective evaluation of their own worth. It often encompasses beliefs about oneself (for example, “I am unloved,” “I am worthy”) as well as emotional states, such as triumph, despair, pride, and shame.


S&S Prompt: Affective Science Inspired Poetry

A spicy take

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Emotions— the spice that enhances life
Come in a variety from anger to delight
Some like it hot, and some prefer it mild
With their
valency and intensity
Emotions bring alive a routine
And also sometimes feel insane.

So important — they are baked in genes
Most we enhance based on scenes
We need both the genes and scenes
By learning to name them
It becomes possible to tame them
And slowly to regulate them.

Emotions can surely pack a punch With time, we develop this hunch Important to not be afraid Ok to try out new feels And experience…

“Literary Impulse & Paper poetry “Eudaemonia” Prompt Submission”

A concept, a right, or a privilege?

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How do you describe Eudaimonia?
A concept, a right, a privilege?
Does it approximate a feeling?
Even one continually changing
And yet perspicuously unchangeable
Contemplative yet completely carefree
Moment to mindful moment
A point in time — maybe
Static yet ready to respond

Like getting lost on a beach walk In the company of loved and lost ones No particular regrets or reaches No dominating conversations And no rush to find or define a path Enjoying the sounds of distant church bells A perfect melody to accompany inner thoughts A reminder of the divine connection That exists with the universe…


GiaB writing prompt #14: being in nature

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On a day like today
Everything can wait
Taking a walk by the bay
Is the only urgent task
But please do keep your mask
Yes, the weather is perfect
Yes, the temps are mild
Yes, the sky is blue

Alas, the pandemic is still on
And the wait for vaccines is long

So without any delay
Let nature nurture
Go ahead and relish
Remedy for all ills
Only trails and dirt provides
A respite unparalleled
A refuge that invigorates
A connection with the divine

Nature’s magical delights
Nourishing all of humankind

Go ahead, take a walk by the bay…

It was a dark and stormy night….

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Well, where shall I begin…

It all started with a dark and stormy night ( quite literally!) when I was invited to write a story for ScienceDuuude’s publication WotWU. I initially started it as a joke as literally, every good storyteller knows to NOT start a story with the phrase — It was a dark and stormy night…Well, it was fun.

I hope to use this publication, “Story Bandits,” as a place to write short stories, poems, and other stuff for myself, my friends, and my dog Snowy. I hope you enjoy reading them.

Warmly, Neil aka “Suzeyam” Editor: Story…

A SMART approach to storytelling.

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Let me paint a picture and see if it sounds familiarI want to write a story, but I am not sure what this story will be. I have struggled to write for the longest time — I even question if this is an innate desire, or this is what I think I “should do.”

All I know is that when I sit down and put (type) words on paper, it gives me joy! I love creating and sharing this creation.

So you ask — what is the problem?

Well, there are some blockers that get in the way —…


Sciku Inspired by “Life-changing Technology product.”

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mighty minty fresh
promise of technology
electric tooth brush

From the vastness of the cosmos to sub-atomic particles, science has not only helped us understand the world around us and how it works, but it has also made our routine daily tasks more efficient and easier — Technology has infiltrated almost all aspects of our lives.

Few things have had a life-changing impact in our daily lives, like the mighty electric toothbrush — you chuckle — but really think about it — you use it daily, feel good about doing something good for your body and mind — a win-win…

Poetry Prompt: The All-Time Classic Afternoon Snack

A sandwich haiku

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Afternoon tea bites
white bread thinly sliced +dainty fillings
deliciously entice

Thank you, Niru, for the tag and Lucy Dan 蛋小姐 (she/her/她), for the prompt: your favorite kind of sandwich! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be a Finger sandwich — a bite-sized sandwich meant for afternoon teatime. The picture above is NOT exactly one, but I cannot find one on Unsplash, so it approximates.

Essentially, a Finger sandwich is usually made with white, thinly sliced bread, buttered and layered with delicate fillings featuring fresh vegetables — radishes, olives, cucumber, or watercress. …

R. Rangan PhD

Mindfulness enthusiast; Storyteller in training and Observer of life’s small details.

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