James R. Coffey

James R. Coffey
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I am founder and head writer for James R. Coffey Writing Services and Resource Center @ http://james-r-coffey-writing-services.blogspot.com/ where I offer a variety of writing and research services including article composition, ghostwriting, editing, proofing, research, and transcription. I have degrees in liberal arts, psychology, and anthropology, and particular expertise in anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, American pop culture, indigenous culture, ancient history, natural curatives and alternative healing, religion, ritual practices, music, and research methods. I’ve written a number of books including my most current collection of humor, The Book of Adages, Aphorisms, Idioms, and Colorful Expressions now available @ http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Book-of-Adages-Aphorisms-Idioms-and-Colorful-Expressions/James-R-Coffey/e/9781462600908
and @ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adages-Aphorisms-Idioms-Colorful-Expressions/dp/1462600905 in the UK.
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Before the advent of Viagra and similar drugs, the most popular erectile dysfunction remedy was the penis vacuum pump. Considered quite effective for its time, the mechanism increases blood flow to the penis by forcing air out of the cylinder, thus pulling blood into the erectile tis...
As scientific analysis has shown, breast milk is a unique “living” fluid that contains anti-infective factors, hormones, enzymes, specialized growth factors, anti-inflammatory mediators, leukocytes, stem cells, and untold specific nutrients. And while these benefits are certainly...
Due to wide-spread cultural taboos and societal judgment, many women feel that the act of autoerotic sexual pleasure is somehow wrong; spawning feelings guilt or shame. But as many sexual therapists explain, there is enormous potential for personal healing through honoring and expres...
A survey of men found that the more frequently a man masturbates between the ages of 20 and 50, the less likely he is to get prostate cancer. In fact, those who masturbated more than five times a week were one-third less likely to develop prostate cancer. And that’s just the begin...
While head hunting is a practice documented in many areas of the world including ancient China, Mesoamerica, India, Japan, and Africa, the only known head shrinkers are a group of people from the northwestern region of the Amazon rainforest collectively known as the Jivaroan.
For many historians and sociologists, there are no better examples of humankind’s accomplishments than the towns and cities they build. Reflective of not only the technological advances of the time, towns and cities provide artifactual evidence of a culture’s values, worldview, a...
Despite being the richest nation in the world, the United States has millions of children living in abject poverty, and provides little aid to help end the suffering of the countless impoverished children of the world. Here I discuss the merits of two organizations that are actively ...
The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish Flu, was an atypically lethal form of influenza the known effects of which lasted from June 1918 to December 1920, and spread across the entirety of the world--even to the Arctic and remote Pacific islands. Between 50 and 100...
In the late 12th century, Leonardo Fibonacci encountered the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and introduced it to Europe. In doing so, he discovered a sequence of numbers that occurs so frequently in nature that it is often referred to as a "law of nature.” We know it today as the Fib...
Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw what she had done, She gave her father forty-one. While many know that this popular children’s jump rope rhyme refers to the infamous hatchet murders that took place in Fall River, Massachusetts on Au...
Just as gambling evolved from divinatory practices of early societies, the tools of gambling evolved from ritualized objects--stones, sticks, nuts, shells, and bones. Small bones, particularly knucklebones (astragali) became the direct predecessors of modern dice.
The roots of gambling and gambling tools can be traced back thousands of years to religious ceremonies conducted by many pre-historic societies. Wide-spread cultural evidence indicates that early man created many rituals specifically to foretell the future or explain what was beyond ...
From the writings of the ancient Greek philosopher and chronicler Aristotle, we know that somewhere between 620 and 560 BCE, a freedman known as Aesop found his way to the court of Croesus, the last of the kings of Lydia in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).
For those who grew up under Walt Disney’s wondrous cinematic spell, the world of fairy tales and fables appears to be a veritable wonderland created just for kids. But what most parents and children are unaware of is that most of these beloved classic stories were never intended fo...
Women who breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast cancer by as much as 25%; the more months or years a mother breastfeeds, the lower her risk of breast cancer. But that's just the beginning of the health and practical benefits breastfeeding moms can enjoy.
Could the ark as described in the Bible have actually been built? Could the people involved have rescued representatives of each animal species as described? Is there geological and/or archaeological evidence of the flood? Do remains of Noah’s Ark still exist? These are some of ...
For over two centuries, circuses, carnivals, traveling wild west shows, and street fairs were common fixtures of Americana. For many living in rural areas of the nation, these rolling venues elicited the excitement of a rock concert, Disneyland, and a trip to Time Square all rolled i...
Brought to world attention by Brad Pitt’s character Mickey in the popular 2000 film, Snatch, the term “Pikey” is a pejorative, slang term used mainly in the UK to refer to Irish travelers, gypsies, and people of low social class; groups who refer to themselves as “Pavees” an...
If you haven’t seen the sunshine in longer than you care to remember, you are a likely candidate for “cabin fever,” or even its ugly clinical cousin, Seasonal Affective Disorder.
On February 13, 1917, Mata Hari was arrested at the Hotel Plaza Athénée in Paris and charged with spying for the Germans, and consequently causing the deaths of at least 50,000 soldiers. Found guilty, she was executed by firing squad on October 15, 1917, at the age of 41. But what...
Although there is no documented verification of the origin of Buddhism, it is believed to have arisen in the sixth century BCE. With an estimated 1 to 1.6 billion followers world-wide today, Buddhism is the second largest religion in the world, second only to Christianity.
While history has favored the names King Tut, Ramses II, and Cleopatra above others, one name stands apart from all the rest as a ruler who not only affected the course of the Egyptian Empire as no ruler had before, but most likely altered the course of human history. That name is Ak...
Though far less renowned than the famous Rosetta Stone, the Palermo Stone is no less significant, and in fact, reveals far more than its more celebrated stone cousin.
Often referred to as the "Mad Monk,” many believe Rasputin possessed psychic abilities and the gift of miraculous healing. Always described as an unwashed and sexually promiscuous self-styled holy man, history reflects Rasputin’s apparent part in helping to bring down the empire ...
Most historians agree that more than any other human achievement, the invention of writing brought the seeds of “civilization” to fruition.
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