And It Is Bad For My Health

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When I was about to move to the UK from my Eastern European home 20 years ago, people tried to warn me.

“Choose a better country”, they said, “The UK is backward. It can’t prepare you for a modern capitalist competition”.

I didn’t listen, so I went on to experience…

He was reduced to sneaking away from his own child, like the sociopath he is

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My son is not the only child with divorced parents, though not many kids live half of their time with mum and half — with dad — like he does. He does not mind — he tolerates our weird arrangements.

His Dad is with “the love of his life” —…

Those tragic poets

Assia Wevill’s story intertwines complex fragility with crime


For those who saw her for the first time, she was dazzling with beauty.

For the loyal fans of Sylvia Plath, she was her husband’s stealer and her (inadvertent) killer.

For those obsessed with crime, she was the perfect study subject.

Will we find anything different, if we peep beyond…

Whispers from the UK

An attempt at a balanced approach to his life


I am not only a non-royalist; I am an anti-royalist.

I have very little patience for the most renowned UK family in my beloved adopted country.

The rare occasions I read about the Windsors are mostly when their latest gaffes are made public —like Prince Andrew partaking in the sexual…

Marketing Tips

And avoid the mistakes, other marketers make — Part 1


Based on some principles learned from, QUORA, and personal experience.

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Medium is full of tips on how to start your own business (writing or otherwise) and market it. Starting an email list is often pointed out as a vital aspect of marketing.

Yes, email marketing is still frequently being…

Love Poetry (For Women)

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War paint on, I leave my apartment.

Sliding doors slam behind my over-scrubbed, over-painted self –

Groomed to the nines, to the last shiny nail

(Sharp, ready to scratch a heart out,

Just like, moons ago, my own heart was pierced

By curvy claws

And buried to bleed).

Teeth –…

Education Matters

Is hyperlexia a “special need”?

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I learned to read at two and a half. At 3 I was reading “serious” books. From there, I learned spelling, grammar, and punctuation, which I followed precisely when I first started writing, at 4. I did not have to learn these from a teacher. Books themselves taught me.


Writer’s Brain

Confessions of a writer-synesthete

Illustration of Synesthesia — source: on Google

I seem to have an unusual brain, which for me is “normal”, as I have never known anything different.

Since childhood, I have pictured letters and numbers in color, with a specific texture, or even taste. I like some colors and textures more than others. …

Up close and personal

Because I didn’t believe I deserved the right one.

I have found that love and relationships are much intertwined with valuing and loving yourself.

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I have been a people-reader since I was a child.

I can quickly size up men’s outer appearance, body language, vocabulary range, or use of intonation, to make immediate mental suppositions about their social status…

‘’Power Posing’’ is the psychological ‘’Fake It Till You Make It’’

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Have you thought about what is behind Superman's power poses?

Imagine a nervous candidate at a job interview. Her arms cling to her body, her hand — half-hiding her mouth. She has made herself look small.

Chrissie Powers

Eternal student in empathy. Interested in everything. Still trying to find my place in this world. Passionate for social justice. Fan of Umair Haque.

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