Follow these steps to change any unwanted behavior.

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If you are not writing, you are experiencing one of the writing barriers: fear, laziness, or resignation.

Fear: Do you think writing is too risky? Are you afraid that a monster will cut your hand if you start writing? That your ideas are too out of place? That you are going to offend somebody? That your mom will not like your heretic ideas? That your boss will learn you are a writer?

Laziness: Do you think writing requires too much effort? That writing a page requires too much time? That you are too busy to write 100 words? …


Build a list backed by neuroscience research and clinical studies.

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With around 50 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, having dementia and about 6.2 million Americans age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s, it’s likely you know or live with somebody with dementia.

The following numbers for the United States from the Alzheimer’s Association Report tell us that dementia requires our attention:

  • Over 1 in 9 people (11.3%) age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • Two-thirds of Americans over age 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia (3.8 million) are women.
  • Alzheimer’s deaths between 2000 and 2019 have more than doubled, increasing 145%.
  • 1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s…


Follow this driver.

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On my way home from the gym this morning, I noticed many cotton balls floating on a perfect blue background. I stopped a few times to take pictures of these magical images.

I shot clouds touching house roofs in a cul de sac, electric transmission towers trying to stop the white cotton monsters heading towards them, and the cotton balls behind the red traffic lights on the road ahead of me. The road and the trees merged with the sky on the horizon.

Maybe the sky starts at the end of the road.

Maybe if I keep driving, I’ll touch…


The tools needed to successfully work in a “supermind” environment.

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People have taken advantage of new technology benefits for a long time. Late in the 1990s, my team reduced the time needed to analyze scores of data in spreadsheets and printed reports from three weeks to two days.

We introduced datamarts and data analytic tools that allowed us to analyze data like never before. These tools allowed us to push a button on a screen and print reports that took us many days to build earlier. We discovered problems with transactions we could hardly spot with semi-manual tools like excel and other rudimentary tools.

Every time we introduced a new…


2021 Theme: Yoga for well-being.

When COVID-19 made us stay at home in March 2020, Yoga gave its practitioners the strength to move towards a light at the end of a tunnel. The length of the tunnel was unknown, but the light led us and gave us the certainty that we would find a new world at the end.

Many Yoga studios and individual teachers established an online presence to maintain their students engaged when they closed their doors. As a result, they could teach more students remotely and offer more workshops.

The end of the tunnel brought us to a hybrid world where students…


Click, click. It’s the stove knob sound when my mom fries the eggs on a Sunday morning. It’s one of the few Sundays in the month when she doesn’t work the morning shift at the hospital. It’s the sound I crave to hear every morning when I get up.

Mom throws a big spoon of shortening on the beaten aluminum frying pan and pours an egg on it when the shortening is hot and liquid. She bathes the egg with the liquid until it’s crispy and shiny.

She raises the pan for a moment each time popping and crackling explosions…


Counting is a Habit Demanding Less Effort Than Meditation.

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My notion of the importance of counting comes from the day a high school friend said, “I know. I have to count to ten before I talk when I am angry, but I am so mad that I can’t count!” She kept going and insulted another classmate for stealing her boyfriend. Both ended in the principal’s office.

I developed the counting habit when I started practicing Yoga.

It wasn’t until I practiced Yoga that I developed the habit of counting. It started with the breathing exercise at the beginning of the class. I remember the teacher saying, “Inhale, count to six. Then, exhale, count to eight.”

When we finished the…


Enjoy nature, great food, and friendly people in these beaches.

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Life is coming back to the Costa Rican beaches after the pandemic. Here in Conchal Beach, tourists are thrilled on the beach at the all-inclusive hotel where I am staying for a week after hiding in my home in Virginia during the pandemic. Signs remind the use of face masks and social distancing.

I’m watching three middle-aged women, all wearing white swimming suites. “Oh, shit!” One of them shouts. The water caught the bag they dropped to take selfies and pictures in sexy posses. One takes a pic of the…


Practice visualization to raise your confidence before an interview.

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For many years, I’ve been on the hiring side of the table. I want the candidates to show their full potential even if they don’t end in the first place. I like to keep them prequalified for the next opening. I feel frustrated when candidates perform poorly during interviews, especially people I know are excellent professionals but can’t project a powerful presence.

To increase your chances of being selected for a job, you must display a powerful presence. You must communicate confidence, passion, enthusiasm, comfort, and authenticity as soon as you greet the hiring team.

Around the world, people express…

Marta Calderon, MScE

After retirement, Marta dedicates all her free time to write short stories.

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