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Patternicity: Dreamy Diagrams and Lyrical Visualizations of the Eccentric Details of Daily Life in the City

An abstract love letter to the art of paying attention.<p><i>“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,”</i> Annie Dillard memorably wrote. Out of the way we attend to the minutia of our days emerges the grand scheme of our lives and the grain of that attention renders the texture of our …

7 surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent

For example, you wouldn't have to study as hard for tests. You'd read about complicated concepts and instantly understand them. You'd be able to take on challenging but exciting jobs like rocket science.<p>All that may be true, but there are also significant disadvantages to being highly intelligent. …

Self-improvement

7 Mindful Rituals That Are Hard To Adopt But Will Benefit You Forever

I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘mindfulness’ before. From mental health experts to professional athletes, it’s being touted as the next big revolution in …

Donald Duck Teaches Sacred Geometry in a Cartoon From the 50’s – Evolve + Ascend

<i>Donald in Mathmagic Land</i> is a 27-minute Donald Duck educational featurette, which was released on June 26, 1959. Once the film was made available to …

Walt Disney Company

Portraits Of The Afterlife: The Eerie Costumes Of Japan’s Folklore Festivals

Charles Fréger’s photographs focus on the unforgettable masquerades of Japanese communities celebrating their local spirits.<p>The world is full of gods and demons, and it’s the mission of French photographer Charles Fréger to capture them on film. In his latest series of photos, <i>Yokainoshima</i>, Fréger …

Japan

Neuroscience Show These Are 5 Top Ways To Clear Your Mind

We’re all trying to achieve great things. With a troubled mind, this can be significantly more difficult. Imagine if you could ‒ at will ‒ calm your …

Mindfulness

I'm a Family Psychologist and These Are the 20 Most Common Parenting Mistakes I See

<i>Most parents try to do what's best for their children. What happens when we don't even realize our behavior is harmful? Our friends at Fatherly share with us 20 common parenting mistakes.</i><p>What are some common mistakes parents make that could actually hurt their children's mental and physical health …

Parenting

What Do Millennial Parents Do for Fun?

Having a baby at an early age is not a death sentence for good times.<p>Being a young parent can suck. Debt, joblessness, and the rising cost of living are factors that have contributed to millennials ending up poorer than their parents; young parents are also frequently isolated by their peers. No …

Parenting

Irish pubs for dummies (Or, how to behave in 'em)

The pub is the center of the social universe in Ireland. It's much more than just a drinking place - it's where families mark births, deaths, …

Dylan Moran Quotes

Quotations and aphorisms by Dylan Moran:<p>You try various things when you're growing up. I was an attache in the Foreign Service for a while and then I …

This Curse-Laden Guided Meditation Will Help You Give Fewer F*cks | Women's Health

Introducing F*ck That Meditation, a unique alternative to traditional mindfulness that embraces the F-bomb and other curse words as a cathartic release. Short-filmmaker Jason Headley created his own guided meditation around the concept, featuring phrases like “Just feel the fucking nonsense float …

7 Ways To Bring Meditation Into Your Life

We live in a multi-tasking, 24/7, eat fast, work more, sleep less, always-connected, and "always on" world these days. It's no coincidence that at the same time, many of us complain of feeling increasingly exhausted, stressed, depressed, anxious, and disconnected, and are looking for …

Meditation

How to Make a Meditation Glitter Jar in 3 Steps

In my mindfulness research, I recently happened upon a site on how to teach meditation to children. The idea of a glitter jar is you shake up the jar …

Laughing your way to mindfulness

So Larry offers his old one: <i>Jai-ya</i>. Later in the episode, Larry starts meditating again and calls Richard to get the mantra back. The phone call goes …

John Mulaney

Meditation and Children, Part 4: Seated Meditation and the Monkey Mind

So far, we've reviewed the benefits of meditation for children, including progressive relaxation exercises focusing on the breath. Now, it's time to move on to seated meditation.<p>Older children may be ready to sit down, rather than lie down, while they meditate. Regular practitioners find that …

Meditation

Why filmmaker David Lynch says Transcendental Meditation is the secret to success

David Lynch says he hasn't missed a day of Transcendental Meditation since he started practicing it 43 years ago.<p>The director and writer behind the cult TV series “Twin Peaks” and movies including "Mulholland Drive" was in Los Angeles recently to lend support to<p>Georgetown UniversitySchool of …

How to Use Meditation to Visualize Your Goals

The power of the mind is astonishing and, when coupled with mindfulness-based practices like meditation, you can increase your ability to make leaps …

Here Are The Best Cities For British Students To Study In

Students get ready to pack your bags and jet off across Europe.<p>Berlin has been named as the as the top European university city for British students …

College & University

15 Social Skills That Will Make You Successful In Every Aspect Of Life

In a world where technology is increasing our capacity to connect with people worldwide, it is also diminishing our ability to effectively connect …

Self-help

No More Notes! Or Why I Love Visual Notetaking

I am a terrible note-taker. I blame it my poor handwriting, but really I just don’t enjoy taking notes. I never go back and look at them and it …

CommonLit - Thematic Discussion Questions Paired With Interesting Texts

The other day I received an email from Michelle Brown at Harvard University. Her email was about a new organization called Commonlit. Commonlit is an …

Text Analysis: Questions & Symbols

Common Core State Standards<p>ELA<p>English Language Arts<p>RL<p>Reading Standards for Literature 6-12<p>11-12<p>11th & 12th Grades<p>1<p><b>Cite strong and thorough textual</b> …

Pattern Folders: A Literary Analysis Tool

Common Core State Standards<p>ELA<p>English Language Arts<p>RL<p>Reading Standards for Literature 6-12<p>11-12<p>11th & 12th Grades<p>1<p><b>Cite strong and thorough textual</b> …

Natural Language Processing

Get to Know Your New Students with Writing Activities

<b>by Barbara Blackburn</b><p>One of the most important factors in student achievement is a positive connection with the teacher. You probably already know how …

How I Teach Vocabulary - With Handouts

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Teaching Tuesday” post, but I’ve gotten some emails lately asking how I teach vocabulary, so I thought I’d share …

Teaching

To Kill a Mockingbird, Part I - Crash Course Literature 210

How To Kill a Mockingbird Reflects the Real Civil Rights Movement

Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>Donald Uhrbrock—The LIFE Images …

Books

High School English Teachers On Why Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Endures

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchmen” will finally go on sale Tuesday, soon to be delivered to hoards of anxious pre-orderers. Last week we caught a glimpse of the book’s tone, which was met with glee by some, apprehension by others. Regardless of the novel’s reception, it’ll likely only bolster, not …