Danica Schofer

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When a Friendship Is More Than Friendship: The Tender Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms

“I would gladly write to you only by means of music, but I have things to say to you to-day which music could not express.”<p>Half the beauty of life lies in its complexity — in those experiences whose depth and dimension cannot be sliced, flattened, and contained into neat categories. Nowhere is that …

Lost? 3 Ways To Find Yourself

A wise teacher once told me that the only guarantee in life is that everything will change, and the only permanent relationship you will ever have is with your mind, breath, and body.<p>I was sitting in a large open aired wooden pagoda in the jungles of Sri Lanka, the year after the tsunami. A college …

Yoga

Burkini ban: Facebook blocks Italian imam's account after photo of nuns on beach goes viral

An Italian imam had his Facebook account suspended after posting a viral photo that quietly denounced Europe's burkini bans.<p>Izzedin Elzir, the Imam …

Social Media

The Writer In Old Age

At my present age of 92, the afflictions of aging assail me like the onslaught of an army bent on my destruction. Each week seems to bring a new, unwelcome impairment. My chest rents space to a pacemaker, and I have several stents in my arteries. I have a spinal stenosis that restricts my reach and …

19th Century

Don't Censor Your Characters

When I first started writing plays I couldn't write good dialogue because I didn't respect how black people talked. I thought that in order to make …

Writing

How to stay focused and make good decisions

Humans are clever creatures.<p>We thought up outer space travel, penicillin, and the internet. We’ve come a long way in the past hundred years and consider ourselves the most intelligent beings around. And yet, we make irrational decisions to this day.<p>We’d rather stay at a job where we’re unhappy than …

Harvard

10 Fascinating, Science-Backed Mind Tricks For Weight Loss

Hunger and food cravings sabotaging your healthy diet? Conquer your mind and reclaim your body using these clever mind tricks for weight loss!

The 50 Most Delicious Brownie Recipes

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3 Tips For Effective Fiction Writing

What makes writing great?<p>It’s a difficult and nebulous question. Writing means different things to different people. We take away unique experiences …

One Weird Trick That Makes a Novel Addictive

In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, …

Royal Ballet artists triumph at National Dance Awards for 2015

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Woolf Works. ©2015 ROH. Photograph by Tristram KentonThe winners of National Dance Awards for 2015 have been …

Royal Ballet

Practice really DOES make perfect: Study shows how ballet dancer's brains change as they learn a new routine

• <b>Study analyzed fMRI scans of 11 professional dancers ages 19-50</b>• <b><br>Performed four brain scans over 34 weeks of dance rehearsals</b>• <b><br>Learning and performance</b> …

The 15 Best Books of 2015

Rewarding reflections on time, love, loss, courage, creativity, and other transformations of the heart.<p>In the spirit of treating my annual best-of reading lists as a sort of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse, reflecting not aspirational priorities for the new year but what proved most worth …