A Life’s Calling of Working with the Dead

Pat Elder was in her early fifties when she decided to start a new career.

By Monica Gomez

Pat Elder was in her early fifties when she decided to start a new career.   “I worked for a utility company in Michigan and when I turned 50, 25 years in, and in my mind I guess I…

Source: A Life’s Calling of Working with the Dead

I think it’s always interesting to read about how people turn to certain professions, especially for me because I am not sure whether I found mine yet. The interview doesn’t really get to the WHY she chose the profession, but it is just more of a calling for her.


Lasting Relationships Rely On 2 Traits – Business Insider

“If your partner expresses a need,” explained Julie Gottman, “and you are tired, stressed, or distracted, then the generous spirit comes in when a partner makes a bid, and you still turn toward your partner.”

In that moment, the easy response may be to turn away from your partner and focus on your iPad or your book or the television, to mumble “Uh huh” and move on with your life, but neglecting small moments of emotional connection will slowly wear away at your relationship. Neglect creates distance between partners and breeds resentment in the one who is being ignored.

There are many reasons why relationships fail, but if you look at what drives the deterioration of many relationships, it’s often a breakdown of kindness. As the normal stresses of a life together pile up—with children, career, friend, in-laws, and other distractions crowding out the time for romance and intimacy—couples may put less effort into their relationship and let the petty grievances they hold against one another tear them apart.”

Source: Lasting Relationships Rely On 2 Traits – Business Insider

Just a reminder to be kind to your loved ones, and work in your relationships. Taking someone for granted or letting “life” get in the way is sure a sad way relationships fall apart.

Magnocellular Deficit

Magnocellular (“magno” for short) deficit is related to dyslexia. The magno cells are associated with processing and detecting movement of stimuli coming through your retina. In autopsies of dyslexics and non-dyslexics, the former has a smaller cluster of magno cells that can bring in rapidly changing information. Because of this, images would tend to clump together and an activity like reading proves to be extremely difficult; the brain simply cannot parse out the many images (of text) going into your eyes. Without clean breaks between one word to the next, the words on a page seem to shimmer and jump on a page. It is not surprising to find that people who are dyslexic also do not like crowds or places with lots of movement – city streets, for example, with its many moving cars and people.

Parallel pathways of magno (fast-processing) and parvo (slow-processing) cells

In The User’s Guide to the Brain (page 105) by John J. Ratey, a researcher gives her story of how hard it was for her to believe that her mother is a dyslexic.

No, it couldn’t be, I thought to myself. My mother couldn’t possibly be dyslexic. She had graduated at the top of her class, she’s a perfectionist, and she absolutely loves to learn. How could she of all people be dyslexic?

We often do not realize that dyslexia can happen to anyone, and that being smart and motivated does not mean that it is easy to read. Reading, after all, is not an innate ability. Humans are not born knowing how to read but we certainly are capable of doing so. Dyslexia does not equate the lack of intelligence.

User’s Guide to the Brain: Sixth and Seventh Senses

The ending section of Chapter 2 (Perception) brings up two senses we frequently do not think about. They are a sense of direction and a sense for sex.

For me, the sense for direction is of great interest. While Ratey, the author, does not go into details about this possible sixth sense in humans, he mentions that there are findings of magnetite particles in human brain tissue. Crystals of magnetite are found in the heads of honey bees and of homing pigeons. These crystals are a natural magnetic material, which may explain how these animals find their ways. It’s intriguing that there is also an element like that in the human brain. This sounds like a great discovery (done by researchers at the California Institute of Technology) and can potentially explain how some folks are so great with navigating in their surroundings and finding their bearing across continents and oceans without compasses! The possibilities are endless; think of how technology can become if we incorporate the use of these innate crystals with physical devices!

The seventh sense, the sense for sex, refers to the “sense organ” inside the nose that detects pheromones. The technical term is “vomeronasal organ” or VNO for short. Located just on either side of the septum in the nose, the human VNO helps explain why we are attracted to certain scents, which runs the perfume and lotion industries. It has not been confirmed that this is indeed the spot were we detect pheromones, but it’s interesting stuff.