MJ Plaster

Freelance writer, editor, author, travelista and entrepreneur

I spent more than two decades traveling throughout Europe and North Africa, and I'm at home wherever I land. Today, I spend time spinning yarns as a brand journalist and weaving tales out of whole cloth, often based on my experiences.

I became an accidental author when I co-authored Waves of Change, the story of Tennessee's 1000-Year Flood from the perspective of a survivor, a rescue professional, and a family grief counselor. Guess what? I was the survivor.

When I'm not researching, writing or editing, or hounding editors, clients or authors, you can find me practicing alchemy in my Nashville kitchen and garden, pretending to work out on the Total Gym, or chasing my next adventure somewhere between here and Timbuktu.

Portfolio

The First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Hackers
By MJ Plaster You know the line from King Henry the Sixth even if you've never read a word of Shakespeare: "First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." Here we're talking...
Everyday Uses of Tea Tree Oil | BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
If you don't have tea tree oil in your medicine cabinet and kitchen cupboards, we're going to give you several good reasons to stock up. This essential oil is known for its...
Phishing for Dollars: Internet Scamsters Gone Wild
By M.J. Plaster Phishing for dollars-it's an old game that predates the Internet, but it's more lucrative today thanks to the speed of Internet travel. Internet scams are a...
Top 10 Weekend Getaways
If you're overwhelmed from work responsibilities or burnt out from life in general, a weekend getaway is a refreshing break from your daily obligations. The trend is moving away...
Extreme eLearning: Pavlok's Electroshocking Wristband | eLearning Mind
Emerging technologies can make it or break it based not on their contributions to our lives but on their shock value. Let's look at a couple of extreme examples: Google...
Reasons Not to Make a New Year's Resolution | BlueCross BlueShield
Imagine this scenario: You wake up on January 1 feeling invigorated. You've made your list of New Year's resolutions and you think this is your year to finally achieve all of...
Et Tu, Edinburgh? From Land of the Misty Cloud to Land of the MOOCs | eLearning Mind
'Round about the time Europe was switching from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar and Newfoundland became the first English colony in North America setting the stage for the...
3 Lazy Work Habits That Are Literally Killing You
By MJ Plaster You might not know your work is killing you. I didn't either until a couple of years ago when I stumbled upon the killer that we all have in common. If you work...
3 Breathing Exercises That Beat Stress | BCBST
There are a lot of different techniques for dealing with stress, but sometimes the best ones are the simplest. The next time you're feeling stressed, focus on your breath....
6 Ways Baby Boomers Are Spending Their Kid's Inheritance
By MJ Plaster Today's seniors have given the brushoff to "the home." They're too busy packing their bags for a vacation. According to The LA Times , many seniors place more...
De-stress Your Morning Commute with These 5 Ideas - BlueHealth Solutions
According to a recent survey, Tennesseans spend an average of about 24 minutes commuting to work. Endless construction has turned our roads into parking lots and crazy drivers...
Mindful Meditation Beginner's Guide | BlueHealth Solutions
Mindful meditation is often misunderstood. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation "originally was meant to help deepen understanding of the sacred and mystical forces of life....
Health Benefits of Peppermint | BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Peppermint is one of America's favorite and iconic flavors. Who doesn't love this minty candy, especially during the holidays? Peppermint is more than just a delicious flavor,...
Health Benefits of Reading | BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Science has proven that there are a lot of good reasons to get lost in a good book. Here are some of the health benefits of reading. In a study conducted by the University of...
Health Benefits of Painting | BlueCross BlueShield of Tennesse
Looking for an activity to do on a rainy afternoon? Try painting. Not only do you get to have fun flexing your creativity, you'll also improve your health. Here are a few good...
Get the Goods on Five Great American Businesspeople
By MJ Plaster Imagine a world without lightbulbs, cars, 747s, the Dallas Mavericks or Oprah's media conglomerate. Instead of another tired rendition of "Bill Gates, the Great"...
Have You Overlooked These Two Powerful Marketing Tools? Part I: Blogging
By MJ Plaster Back in the Dark Ages of the 20th century, customers knew merchants and did business with those they knew and trusted. Big-box stores such as Wal-Mart, big-box...
Cheap Thrills: 3 Insanely Cheap Countries to Visit Now
By MJ Plaster Tourism is booming beyond the major capitals of Western Europe, and you can fuel your Champagne tastes and live like the 1 percent for a song in these three deeply...
America, You've Been Chipped
By MJ Plaster Now that I have your attention, say hello to EMV, which stands for "Europay, MasterCard and Visa." The 'new' credit card technology goes live in the United States...
AMS: The Magic of a Winning Corporate Culture
By MJ Plaster When you click "Buy Now" on the Internet, you trust the retailer to deliver your package on time and in perfect condition-and that usually happens. But did you...
JetBlue & Virgin America Flights Introduce eLearning | eLearning Mind
Fasten your seatbelts because eLearning is taking off-literally. While the veneer of civility in airline travel is long gone and the airlines no longer feed your stomach, they...
Fly by the Seat of Your Pants for a Memorable Family Vacation
MJ Plaster Go against the flow. It's fun, it's budget friendly and you'll have unique tales to tell when you get home. You'll also make friends of like-minded strangers. Rules...
Logo Creation for the Hopelessly Artistically Challenged
By MJ Plaster What if, like me, you're beyond artistically challenged, and you need a logo for your business? Where do you start, and how do you go about getting the perfect...
Old Town Fight Club: A Wealth of Training, Conditioning and Strength
By MJ Plaster When you first enter Old Town Fight Club, the creation of owner Alek Loarca, you're struck by the fact that this is no ordinary gym. The eclectic atmosphere belies...
Armed Exterminators: Putting People First
By MJ PLaster On a beautiful California afternoon, you might find Dale Rodgers, owner of Armed Exterminators ( www.armedexterminators.com), taking an occasional walk along the...
The Ins and Outs of Outsourcing
By MJ Plaster Before you leap into outsourcing, consider how it could affect established relationships with current employees and customers? It's one thing to save money, but...
Travel Trends for Adults Over 50
Today's older adults have their own ideas about retirement. According to a National Real Estate Investor article, many senior citizens aren't heading into senior housing -...
What It Takes to Make a Million Dollars
If you're willing to make sacrifices and cultivate the can-do mindset necessary to become a millionaire, it is probably within your reach. Let's look at three ways people earn...
The US Department of Justice Launches Elder Justice
On September 8, 2014, the US Department of Justice launched a website for the Elder Justice Initiative, a resource center for the prevention of elder abuse and financial...
How Chili Peppers Work
Some like it hot and instinctively reach for chili peppers when adding zest to their dishes. The hottest of these vegetables are used as a spice or condiment. Chef Bobby Flay...

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