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…


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.


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…


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…


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…


Ryan Poston had a date with beauty queen Miss Ohio but he never showed up because he had been murdered by his obsessed ex-girlfriend

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Ryan Poston, a good-looking 28-year-old lawyer from Cincinnati met 19-year-old Stacey Hubers, a college student, on Facebook. He was immediately attracted to her provocative Facebook pictures and by the spring of 2011, the couple met and started dating.

Trouble in the relationship started soon after because Shayna had a difficult personality. She was highly sensitive to rejection and was very possessive of Ryan. The relationship became tumultuous to the point that the two would end up breaking up and then getting back together in a non-stop cycle that lasted for 18 months.

During the couple’s break-up periods, Shayna would stalk…


It was a bloody Valentine for Richard Schoek when his wife hired a hitman to take him out

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Stacey Schoeck, 36-years old, was having an affair and cheating on her husband, 46-year-old Richard Schoeck.

Stacey worked as the head administrator for a medical practice in Dekalb, Georgia. She met her lover at work and the affair went on for years. In the meantime, Stacey was having second thoughts about being married to Richard.

Richard did not deserve to be treated badly by Stacey. He was a good man. When he first met Stacey, she had already been divorced four times. Richard became her fifth husband.

Richard was a great father and husband. He adopted two of Stacey’s children…


William Mintram was a crewman on the Titanic but he was also known to be a murderer

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When the RMS Titanic set sail on its fateful voyage on 10 April 1912, there were more than 900 crewmen on board the ship. Out of the 900 crewmen, 150 men worked as stokers or firemen.

The job of a stoker was lowly and difficult. It involved back-breaking work and toiling by the heat of the Titanic’s 29 boilers. More than 600 tonnes of coals were needed to propel the ship every day and the stokers had to maintain the furnace. …


Brittany Norwood bludgeoned her co-worker to death and then claimed that she was a victim

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Lululemon Athletica is a high-end clothing brand that sells athletic clothes for yoga and other sports so it was highly surprising that in March 2011, the brand became associated with a brutal murder.

It all started at the Lululemon store located in Bethesda, Maryland. On March 12, 2011, a store manager discovered a horrifying scene at the back of the store.

There was blood everywhere and an employee, 30-year-old Jayna Murray was found dead while another employee, 28-year-old Brittany Norwood was found on the floor, wounded and bruised with her hands tied and her feet bound.

Jayna had been bludgeoned…


Misty Witherspoon was financially reckless and squandering money when she “accidentally” shot her police officer husband

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In 2005, Quinn Witherspoon was a 34-year-old K-9 police officer with the Concord Police Department in North Carolina. He had been with the police department since 1994.

Quinn was also a married man and had been married to his wife Misty for 11 years. The couple had three children together.

Misty and Quinn had a difficult marriage because they were experiencing serious financial problems. Misty was the main cause of the problem. She was mishandling the family’s money.

Misty was responsible for paying the utility bills and the mortgage but there were times when she intentionally wouldn’t pay the bills…

Anita Durairaj

A fan of murder mysteries and writing about true crime. https://anitadurairaj.medium.com/membership

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