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I am a Midwestern lady who has taken "the scenic route" through life. The term "intellectually promiscuous" to describe those of us with wide and varied interests, archaeologists of the past and present, readers of all sorts of things, thinkers of deep thoughts, and open minded enough to look at many different view points, cultures, values and opinions. I will also marry for a green card and a full relocation package to a Democratic Socialist country with a strong safety net and great cultural opportunities. I am not kidding.

How to spot a murderer’s brain

Do your genes, rather than upbringing, determine whether you will become a criminal? Adrian Raine believed so – and breaking that taboo put him on collision course with the world of science

The Observer,

murderer brain scans

Scans of a normal brain, left, beside that of murderer Antonio Bustamante, who was spared the death penalty after a jury was shown these pictures. Photograph: Public domain

When Raine started doing brain scans of murderers in American prisons, he was among the first researchers to apply the evolving science of brain imaging to violent criminality. His most comprehensive study, in 1994, was still, necessarily, a small sample. He conducted PET [positron emission tomography] scans of 41 convicted killers and paired them with a “normal” control group of 41 people of similar age and profile. However limited the control, the colour images, which showed metabolic activity in different parts of the brain, appeared striking in comparison. In particular, the murderers’ brains showed what appeared to be a significant reduction in the development of the prefrontal cortex, “the executive function” of the brain, compared with the control group.

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The advancing understanding of neuroscience suggested that such a deficiency would result in an increased likelihood of a number of behaviours: less control over the limbic system that generates primal emotions such as anger and rage; a greater addiction to risk; a reduction in self-control; and poor problem-solving skills, all traits that might predispose a person to violence.

Raine cites two very recent brain-imaging studies to back this up. One is a study in New Mexico in which prisoners are scanned on release. “What they are discovering is that if the functioning of the anterior cingulate, part of the limbic system, is lower than normal before release, they are twice as likely to be reconvicted in the next three years. And that marker is more accurate a guide than all other social factors,” Raine says. A second study apparently shows if a released prisoner has a significantly smaller volume in the amygdala, the almond-shaped part of the brain crucial for processing memory and emotion, he or she is three times more likely to reoffend. “Now, this is only two studies, but what they are beginning to show is proof of concept, that if we added neurological factors into the equation we could do a better job at predicting future behaviour.”

Full article HERE

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Shoulder Rehab – Work Conditioning

As some of my more loyal readers may know, I had rotator cuff repair surgery January 31. Shoulder rehab has been interesting, to say the least. I have tons of experience with rehabbing my knees but zero with shoulders.

The actual injury occurred November 23, and I had to do 6 weeks of regular physical therapy before I was able to convince the worker’s comp doctor to actually TAKE PICTURES of the injured areas. I was sent for an MRI on the shoulder after continued pain even after PT.


shoulder x ray

What a normal shoulder x-ray should look like

Guess what? Torn rotator cuff.Then it took from 12/31 until 1/31 to actually GET the surgery done. Memorial Day will be 6 months I have been off work – that is a very long time. I am eager to get back to work ASAP.

PT started me on “work conditioning” PT two weeks ago.What “work conditioning” means is basically working out HARD for 4 hours a day 3 days a week. I start with 15 minutes of cardio – either treadmill, stationary bike, elliptical or arm bike. Then I do about 45 minutes of stretching, followed by about 45 minutes of ab and core work. That is followed by the “target exercises” to rehab my shoulder and elbow.

physical therapy

Shoulder PT therapist doing passive range of motion exercises

Another 15 minute cardio session is next, and then I take a “calorie break” to eat an orange. Somewhat rejuvenated, I move into the workout of the day – today was legs, back and biceps, for instance. There are 3 options for the WotD. After the WotD is completed – and that usually takes 60-90 minutes, another 15 minutes of cardio.

Weight Lifting

Exercising and weight lifting

At last, I am hooked up to the e-Stim machine (heaven!), iced on the knee, shoulder and elbow and allowed to zone out for 10-15 minutes. Throughout the entire workout, I am maintaining my heart rate at least at 55% of maximum up to 85% of maximum – thoroughly in the fat burning and cardio zones, depending on the exercises. 3 to 3 1/2 hours at that rate is exhausting, to say the least.

The GOOD news is that my shoulder strength is improving fast, and I am burning 3+ hours worth of calories. I am also significantly increasing or regaining my endurance pretty rapidly.

The next doctor appointment is 5/8/2013. Hopefully I will have passed all three of the weight lifting tests required to return to work. I have already passed the 2-arm ones, and have to pass one more 1-arm test. If the doctor is happy, he can release me to work. If he thinks I need more PT, he can keep me out for however much more time.

It will be a close call. I anticipate being held out another 2 weeks for ongoing conditioning and PT, but being able to return with no limitations before Memorial Day. That is my goal, at least. I think I will be able to suck it up, do the lifts and whatever else is needed, and get off no-duty status. Then I get to be completely retrained at work, since so much has changed. That is something I will willingly do.


Alice in Deadland

Alice in Deadland: The Complete Trilogy

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Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’, the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and imme
rse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it’s legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

How could this not be an awesome series?


Fans of Awesome Photography? Check this out! is an interesting and wonderful site to begin with. This particular post – “What is the most amazing photo you have ever taken?” blew me away. There are so many incredible and awesome shots here, I could not even get through the entire post. The pictures just keep coming. Best thing? NOT a slide show! Check this out.

Warning – photos are constantly being posted, voted up and so forth. You may get sucked in to this site, and this post in particular.

Quora Mario Cuneo

Quora Best Photo Post – Example of many great pictures. This one is by
Marie Cuneo



Being a Writer-for-Hire

Being a Writer-for-Hire

As with most things in my life, I sort of backed in to being a writer for hire. I was off work from my regular job due to an injury. I needed extra money. My daughter, who works in marketing, suggested I go to and sign up as a writer-for-hire. She explained that her agency and many more simply do not have the time or the money to have a full time writer for many projects. So, she went on, they put the jobs out for freelancers to do, and pay them. The problem is many of these writers are not very good, and it is frustrating to people like my daughter who have to clean up the mess. She suggested since I know my way around a comma, I should give it a try.

 Freelance Writer

Being rather desperate, I went to the site, took their writer tests and got signed up as a freelance author. I also opened up an account on to do freelance jobs, and signed up on eLance to bid on freelance jobs. I investigated other sites that do similar work. There are literally hundreds out there, and I have no idea which are legit and which are scammy. I decided to stay with the three for now, as they had checked out as being at least mostly above board. A fifteen minute Google search for “freelance writing jobs” will bring up search results in the dozens for companies that pay you to write.

 Freelance Writer Sites

The benefits to freelance writing that I have found in the last 6 months of doing it are:

o       Money – I have made several hundred dollars a month, after the first month or so when things were slow. Right now, with a big set of direct orders through Textbroker, I am looking at having a thousand dollar month. Since I am still off on Worker’s Comp from the regular job, getting an extra paycheck is super-nice. I’m hoping I can keep up the pace. I’m not saying anyone else will earn that kind of money. It pretty much depends on how good you are and how much work you do.

o       Convenient – I do this job in my jammies, sitting in a recliner while watching TV or movies. I pick up the jobs I want, when I want them. If I want to take a day off, I can so long as my deadlines are met.

o       Practice – I get to practice doing something I enjoy, and I get to improve my skills at it.

o       Positive Feedback – I have been lucky enough to do well at this job, and to have several really dedicated customers. They give great positive feedback, as well as suggestions for improvement when I need them.

o       Easy – Most articles I write are under 500 words, and take less than an hour to put together. A little internet research, some Google-fu, organizing things into some semblance of sense, run it through spell checker and three different plagiarism checkers, and done.

 Downside to freelance writing

There are downsides, too.

o       Work is not attributed to me. My name does not appear on a by-line or a credit, because I have sold the article or the work to the buyer. They get to take credit for it, which is part of the deal. It is basically ghostwriting.

o       Dull – Most articles and assignments are not super-exciting. Some that I do for one company on Textbroker are just catalog descriptions of sex toys. Others are a one page article about a law firm in Tampa. I did a series of six articles about self-storage. This is not creative writing or investigative journalism.

o       Isolation- As with any work-from-home job, it is easy to work most of the time and neglect things like interacting with other people. As a single person living alone, I really struggle with this. I am no social butterfly, but I do miss the interaction with adults that I got at the regular job. Online comments back and forth do not replace that.  Try to find some balance with this in your life. Lord knows I need to!


So, churning out articles fast, how do you do it? I am usually given a topic and some key words to use in the article, as well as guidelines about the target audience. Then I do some research on the internet about the topic, and put that information into my rough outline. I include the attributions for quotes and statistics because plagiarism is not ok.

Plagiarism is not ok

After I have my outline filled with quotes, statistics and information, I go back and turn them into a story. I rewrite quotes into my own words, and leave out the irrelevant stuff. I add connecting sentences, and organize the whole mess into a 6 or 7 paragraph short article.


I spell and grammar check on Word, then I run every thing through three sites. These sites – Duplichecker, Plagiarisma, and Grammarly, check the web to make sure none of my wording is word-for- word that of anyone else. Grammarly also checks for spelling and grammar errors. I go back and fix the issues these 3 programs identify, and run things through the checks again. I repeat if needed until I get a 90% or better on originality from the checkers. I save the article, and send it off to the client. With a little luck, they like it. If they don’t, I revise it till they do like it


I keep separate folders on my hard drive for each company, and subfolders for each type of order – artless, rewriting blog content, catalog descriptions, etc. Some articles turn out to be kind of interesting, so I rework and expand them and add them to my website or a Squidoo lens. Squidoo

Resources: Try to start with, as they let you create cheap ($5) “gigs” that you will do for customers. I created one “I will write a 400-500 word article for your website for $5,” It has been my most popular by far. Then go to and sign up to be on their service. It is more complicated but there are more articles to choose from, too.


Finally, check out other sites. As I said, I chose eLance, where you place proposals to create work as requested by the customer. This site is really hard to get work from, though, so I am thinking about trying or one of the others. Do some due diligence on the company background, just to make sure they are not scheisters.


After that, it is just a matter of picking the work, doing a good job, and building a customer base. The key to that is to deliver on time every time, and deliver a great product. Being a nice person and providing excellent customer service will also be points in your favor.

 customer service

So, if you don’t mind not being famous, consider working as a freelancer or a writer-for-hire. It may not be the worlds most elegant or exciting part time job, but it is way better than flipping burgers somewhere!



Article “Trusting Yourself-and Life, Again”

 Article “Trusting Yourself-and Life, Again”

JaiKaur: Women’s Grace, Grit & Gratitude
My clients entrust me with helping them update their beliefs, habits, and choices for creating more joy, integrity, and health in themselves and their relationships.  We begin by building a foundation for learning to trust (again) themselves, life, and their dreams. And once they have done so “well enough”, there is little in life they cannot meet with confidence, creativity, and courage.  

One of the passages engaged in the process of change is realizing how much of what you have been taught (or concluded) about life, needs updating. Not unlike computer operating systems needing to be updated to stay of service, your personal operating system of beliefs, habits, and daily choices need updating as well. Updating your operating system not only increases your satisfaction and fulfillment in life, it is a critical component to living your unique power, purpose, and your passions in life.

One of the software updates I teach people is learning the difference between a conscious/pro-active choice and and a default/reactive choice.  There is much confusion, even with people working on being more conscious (from Latin meaning “knowing of oneself or of others”), of just where is the line between acceptance and response-ability, between being passive and surrendering, between going with the flow and being in their default (from Latin meaning “failing, deceiving”) comfort zone. 

 The answers you seek for crafting a life of joy and purpose, lie not only in the facts you’ve been taught about life…the answers await your living the truths within yourself as well. When you learn to trust your inner authority of knowing, you learn to trust yourself and life again, bringing balance to the authority of the facts outside. Challenging? Perhaps, yet not as challenging as feeling you are lacking meaning of your life, or devoid of truths your own. Honoring your personal (inner) authority carries the price of sacrificing (from Latin meaning “holy”) the false comfort of your defaults in life, for the delight and power of your living spirit in flow.

 Finding your balance between outer authority (from Latin meaning “giving power and control”) you default your power to, and living the wisdom of your inner authority, is a process rewarding and a process requiring commitment, containment, and community.  Awakening to more of your power-as is told by myths young and old-carries with it risks and dangers teachers, guides, and mentors shepherd their students through safely. (Think Gandolf in “Lord of the Rings”). The Western myth of the solitary nature of coming into wisdom and power, is simply a myth, not a truth.


“The first time I went to see JaiKaur, I wanted to keep an open
mind, but really didn’t expect much out of the session. While I
have always thought I was a spiritual person (though not all
that religious), the experience I had was nothing short of life-
evolving. Deep, vivid, spiritual images came to me, with an
emotional connection that was nearly overwhelming. That
session, and those that followed, along with JaiKaur’s guidance
and her own life experiences, helped me to come to some
clarity with regards to several challenging situations in my life.
In short, I find myself very thankful for having that open mind
in the first place, and working with JaiKaur to on my powerful
and personal path of discovery.”  ~Todd

IN Closing,
Look for the second in my series on learning to trust yourself and life again. Human life is an elegant art and science, with delight (from Latin meaning “with light”) and integrity easing your journey. For as ee.cummings put it so eloquently, “to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing it’s best night and day to make you everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight”
xo, JaiKaur

JaiKaur mentors women seeking to live their unique power, purpose, and perceptions in a world seeking leadership for change. She offers contemporary and powerful wisdom for supporting women to emboldened living of their purpose, power, and gifts of perception.  JaiKaur knows when a woman honors her grace, grit, and gratitude, she becomes a force to be reckoned with!  To learn more about JaiKaur and the gift of services she offers women, visit her website


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