+WHEN THE MUSE GOES ON VACATION

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It sounds so impersonal to put it that way.  Not MY muse left for vacation.  Just THE muse.  Writing without a muse around seems a waste of time.  There are too many things “in the works” and on my mind to worry about when the muse will return.  He?  She?  Who knows?

Meanwhile the following article is worth a read!  As I continue to say, trauma sticks around in our human memory until somebody somewhere at sometime LEARNS what trauma has to teach — to prevent it from ever happening again.  The more we learn about what is REALLY going on with our body, about who we truly are, the more motivated I do believe we will eventually become to get life RIGHT!

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From the May 2013 issue of Discover, a fascinating article brought to my attention yesterday by a blog commenter (and thank you!):

Grandma’s Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes

Your ancestors’ lousy childhoods or excellent adventures might change your personality, bequeathing anxiety or resilience by altering the epigenetic expressions of genes in the brain.

By Dan Hurley|Tuesday, June 11, 2013

According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA. Jews whose great-grandparents were chased from their Russian shtetls; Chinese whose grandparents lived through the ravages of the Cultural Revolution; young immigrants from Africa whose parents survived massacres; adults of every ethnicity who grew up with alcoholic or abusive parents — all carry with them more than just memories.

Like silt deposited on the cogs of a finely tuned machine after the seawater of a tsunami recedes, our experiences, and those of our forebears, are never gone, even if they have been forgotten. They become a part of us, a molecular residue holding fast to our genetic scaffolding. The DNA remains the same, but psychological and behavioral tendencies are inherited. You might have inherited not just your grandmother’s knobby knees, but also her predisposition toward depression caused by the neglect she suffered as a newborn.”

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