I am not by any stretch of the imagination an accomplished piano player.

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I am not by any stretch of the imagination an accomplished piano player. In fact, you could size up my ability to learn the piano to that of a chicken that plays the piano by a person putting a kernel of food on a piano key and having the chicken hitting the piano key to grab the kernel of food.

I had a small 77 key keyboard for a few years but didn’t play with it much. Then I decided, well, if I’m going to take the time to learn to play, then I’d like a full-size keyboard. Just in case I actually sat down at a real piano, I didn’t want the key sizes to be different. …


A new bill passed that allows creatives to protect their work from copyright infringement without making it a federal case.

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The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (the CASE Act)

It took ten years, but finally, Congress passed the CASE act as part of the COVID-19 relief bill. This is an essential piece of legislation for writers and other creatives, artists, musicians, photographers, etc. that feel their copyrighted work has been infringed.

This bill creates a “Small Claims Court” within the U.S. Copyright Office for copyright infringements. Small claims court for copyright infringement may not seem like a big deal until you know that copyright cases previously were expensive federal cases that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to pursue.

So copyright infringements of creatives that did not have the financial resources to bring a federal suit were rarely pursued. …


Ways To Improve Your Gene Expression

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The human genome is key to age reversal. Aging may seem an unstoppable life factor, but the repairing, addition, and expression of genes can positively impact your health and longevity. Aging deteriorates genes and gene expression that maintain youthful functions.

As we humans age, beneficial genes are “turned down”, while other genes that are detrimental to cellular function are “turned up”.

Turned Down

  1. DNA Repair
  2. Inhibition of aberrant cellular reproduction
  3. Glucose uptake via insulin into cells
  4. Production of HDL cholesterol

Turned Up

  1. Interference with cell death of cancer cells
  2. Production of LDL cholesterol
  3. Increase the production of insulin and inflammation
  4. overriding normal cell…


Google’s Threat To Democracy - Part 2.

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I have written a previous article on Google's threat to democracy, everything I wrote then is true now. But now there is even more of a threat. The censorship being instituted by Google’s Youtube and Social Media platforms has never been seen outside a communist country until now. This censorship is being baked into these platforms. I honestly believe they are sowing the seeds of their own demise in the United States, but that demise will take years and the threat to our democracy is here and now.

Below is an excerpt from Google released 12–9–2020


Four mind hacks to happiness and tranquility.

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The brain is a wondrous thing. It remains plastic well into old age. This surprised neuroscientists when they discovered the brain’s ability to form new brain cells ( neurogenesis) well into our 80s and 90s. It seems you can teach an old dog new tricks.

One easy way to change your brain is to change your environment. I don’t mean you have to move. Well, I do mean you have to move, but that doesn’t require a change of location. Exercise is the closest thing science has found to the fountain of youth. …


It is never too late to be what you might have been — George Elliot.

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Getting old is hard, but it beats the alternative. As long as you’re still here, make the most of it. Before you can see where you can go, take stock of where you are.

Finding Yourself

Have you found yourself yet? I know that’s a question younger people ask themselves, searching for their inner wisdom to lead themselves forward in life. But as we gain wisdom, we learn we do not find ourselves as much as we create ourselves. That’s as true now as it was when you were younger.

Think about it. A lifetime of reacting to events, both positive and negative, our choices and decisions shape and define who we are. …


Struggle with external content; this may help.

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I, like many writers, struggle with using content from external sources. It’s in your best interest to know that you are not infringing on anyone’s copyright before publishing your work.

Before I proceed any further, let me state, “I am not a lawyer,” and I am not offering legal advice. I am expressing the copyright laws as I interpret them.

In general, the copyright laws I reference pertain to the United States only. Every country on the planet has its own copyright laws.

Copyright Protecting Your Own Work

In general, copyright protection for works created after January 1, 1978, are for the life of the author plus 70 years. …


To feel good, do good.

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Pets are wonderful companions and friends. They are genuinely affectionate and grateful. They don’t care how you look, your job, the car you drive, or how much money you have in the bank. You can confide in them; they will never tell your secrets or gossip.

If you do consider getting a pet, there are millions available in animal shelters across the country. Not only do you get a pet, but you can also save the animal’s life. Over 6 million dogs and cats live in shelters today—overpopulation cause over 1.2 …


Users of RLT don’t want to develop cataracts in 20 years from IR exposure.

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Clinic studies have shown that Red Light Therapy can improve eyesight. The studies I have read use a deep red light with a wavelength of around 670 nm to improve vision. Most RLT units allocate 50% of their LEDs for infrared radiation (IR) around 850 nm. It is my belief because of the high power IR LEDs employed in RLT units and the close proximity to the eye these units may be a cause for concern.

This article will touch upon the benefits of RLT for the eyes but also focus on the concern of the IR radiation potentially damaging the cornea of the eye. …


The publishing industry has changed dramatically.

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I have been published by traditional publishing houses like McGraw-Hill, Focal Press and self-published. I’ve done both, and each method has its pros and cons. This article does not examine the pros and cons and assumes you want to attempt being published traditionally without an agent. If traditional publishers end up turning down your work, you can always self-publish.

The publishing industry has changed dramatically. Self-publishing authors can submit their work for consideration to many publishing houses without representation by a literary agent.

For the record, I am not talking about book publishing by a vanity press. Vanity presses are book companies that will, for a price, stroke your ego and publish your book, regardless of its merit. The “for hire” literary agents in the same vein will lighten your wallet to represent your book to publishers. …

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Most old men would have given up by now, I am not like most old men. www.john-iovine.com

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