How to tackle the cascade effect of minor problems.

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A top 50 survey of ‘first world problems’ by Business Insider lists the biggest ‘first world problem’ as a runny nose. Second place on the list was getting a call from an unknown number. In third place, it was being left on hold in the middle of a call.

We can all agree that these problems are minor and that is why they are all considered to be ‘first world problems’. They also don’t impact our lives in any deep or meaningful way. At least, that’s what most of us may think. However, there are times when minor problems do get out of hand. How does this happen? …


Especially when it is conflicting or contradictory

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I have been on Medium for exactly one month now and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I have made enough money to pay the $5 Medium membership fee and I even have a little bit left over for a fancy cup of coffee and a treat.

When I first started out, I was really clueless about Medium but then I started reading all the articles about publishing, writing, gaining followers, and earning money on the site. I also picked up new terminology like the word ‘listicle’ and I learned the difference between self-publishing and writing for other publications.

There is a ton of advice about writing on Medium and the good news is that everyone is willing to share their tips about how to become successful on the site. However, one of the problems is that a lot of advice is conflicting. For example, one person might suggest that you need to promote your writing on social media sites while another person may state that it is a waste of time. The cinch is that both people providing the advice are top earners on Medium so they are essentially both experts giving correct advice. …


It can reveal a candidate’s personality and their fit for the job

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Some years ago, I was a budding PhD scientist in Chemistry trying to make it into the big leagues of academia. I never did make it but that’s another story. Anyway, what I needed most at that time was a recommendation letter. Whether you are applying for a research grant, a travel award, or some other academic benefit, the recommendation letter is an important footnote in the life of a young scientist. In my case, the letter would also carry more weight if it was written by a professor of the highest rank and order.

With this in mind, I pitched for recommendations and ended up contacting professors of all ranks and titles from Ivy League schools to professors at third tier universities. I received a bag of mixed responses from outright rejections to zero replies. Luckily, there were a few positive responses. I remember one in particular because it was from Sir Harold Kroto. …


That is the question from a new Medium writer

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I am either old or out of the loop because I had never heard of the word listicle until I started writing on Medium a few weeks ago. When I first heard of the word, I thought it was a joke. Why would you call something a listicle when it clearly rhymes with testicle?

Anyway, I found out soon enough that listicle is commonly used in the blogging world to mean an article made up of lists. On Medium, there seems to be two camps of people— those who are in favor of listicles and those who aren’t. It doesn’t go unnoticed that some of the top writers on Medium do use listicles quite often. In fact, every day Medium seems to crank out numerous listicles and I do enjoy reading them if I say so myself. …


Spooktober 2020 Entry

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There is nothing more terrifying to me than the pounding of my heart as the stories of ghosts, spirits, and demons come alive through the pages of a book. There is also nothing more offensive to me than the gruesome depictions of blood and gore that are becoming a staple of the horror genre these days.

In my opinion, the best horror books don’t have to resort to the cheap thrills of violence to instill fear in their readers. In fact, I notice that my fear is more pronounced when the horror is unknown and takes on the form of the supernatural. …


Amie Harwick was the victim of a deadly obsession

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At the age of 38, Amie Nicole Harwick was a beautiful and well-known marriage and family therapist. Her career and personal life were on the rise.

She lived in the exclusive and wealthy celebrity hotspot of Hollywood Hills. She had previously dated comedian Drew Carey for 2 years and she had appeared on TV and was the author of a book called The New Sex Bible for Women.

Everything changed on February 15, 2020 when Harwick’s body was found crumpled underneath the balcony of her Hollywood Hills home. She was unresponsive and rushed to the hospital but later died. …


Noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory is the most prolific female murderer in history

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Hungarian Countess Elizabeth Bathory tortured and killed as many as 650 young girls in Transylvania in the 1600s. Her family was distinguished, high-ranking, and wealthy making her untouchable and allowing her to continue her brutal killings without any retribution.

According to the History Channel, Bathory’s methods of killing were legendary in the area.

Bathory’s torture included jamming pins and needles under the fingernails of her servant girls, and tying them down, smearing them with honey, and leaving them to be attacked by bees and ants.

Her sadistic nature and vampiric tendencies earned her the nickname — the Countess Dracula. …


Sister Cathy Cesnik’s murder was a cover-up of sinister goings-on in the church

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On November 7, 1969, Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared. More than a month later, her partially clad body was found near a garbage dump in a Baltimore suburb. She was only 26 years old when she died.

The body was in poor condition but an autopsy revealed that Sister Cesnick died from a blow to her left temple by a blunt instrument.

To this day, Sister Cesnick’s killer has never been caught but it is assumed that her murder could have been a cover-up by priests and the Catholic church.

The Sequence of Events Leading to Murder

Sister Cesnik was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1942 as the eldest of 3 children in her family. She was a bright and intelligent young girl who was president of her senior class and graduated as valedictorian in her Catholic high school. …


Inspired by romance in the regency era

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A few days ago, I happened to watch parts of the Netflix hit show created by famed executive producer Shonda Rhimes called Bridgerton.

Bridgerton is a wonderful Regency England period piece that features some really good looking characters, pretty scenery, beautiful clothing, posh British accents and a racially diverse cast. Never mind that most people think the racial diversity is historically inaccurate. The show is mostly meant to be entertaining.

Overall I enjoyed watching the show although I think they overdid some of the scenes so that it ended up looking more like 50 Shades of Grey than a show that is supposed to have been inspired by Jane Austen and Downton Abbey. …


The smuggling of black money through the airline industry

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Young and pretty with a clear complexion (marks, pimples, and blemishes not acceptable) — that is the requirement for flight attendants who wish to work at one of India’s premier airlines, Jet Airways.

Devshi Kulshreshtha fit the bill. She was only 25 years old and was already a part of the Jet Airways cabin crew for international flights. However, she wasn’t the average flight attendant.

On January 10, 2018, Kulshreshtha was arrested for trying to smuggle nearly $500,000 in cash out of India. …

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Anita Durairaj

I enjoy writing about books, reading, and literature. I am also a scientist who knows what it’s like to tinker in the lab.

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