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6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

15 Easy Foil Packet Meals Perfect for Campfire Cooking

Remember when camping food meant a hot dog on a stick and some beans heated up in their can? That was pretty yum back then, but we’ve matured and so have our taste buds. Here at the grown-up table, we’re turning campfire food up a notch, proving beyond all doubt that you can eat just as deliciously …

To improve your writing, try 'close reading'

• Discounts of $50-$300 off on conferences, workshops, webinars and webcasts<br>• Exclusive and archived content on all four news sites - Ragan.com, …

10 Mind-Blowing Books That People Who Love Thinking Can't Miss

P.J. O’Rouke once said, “Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”<p>While I do think there is a place for …

Books

Nietzsche's 10 Rules for Writers

1. Of prime necessity is life: a style should <i>live</i>.2. Style should be suited to the specific person with whom you wish to communicate. (The law of</i> …

Friedrich Nietzsche

How to Self-Publish a Paperback Book with Createspace

As self-published authors, it's important that we build a professional image to differentiate us from the thousands of others ebook authors out there. One of the ways I do this is by converting my Kindle books into paperbacks using Createspace. Not only does this improve the professional image of …

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

How to Write Both Fast and Well, Part 9: Why Clichés Are Evil

Of all the threats to good writing, the worst -- and most insidious -- is cliché: the re-use of the over-used.<p>As Martin Amis put it:<p>All writing is a campaign against cliché. Not just clichés of the pen but clichés of the mind and clichés of the heart. When I dispraise [writing], I am usually …

Believe the Praiser and Dismiss the Praise: Donald Hall’s Advice on Writing

“Rhythm and cadence have little connection to import, but they should carry the reader on a pleasurable journey.”<p><i>“Be a good steward of your gifts,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon wrote in what remains the finest advice on the creative life I’ve ever encountered. But what, exactly, are the practicalities of …

Literature

6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like In An Introvert’s Head

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Dear Extroverts,<p>We love your energy and excitement. But as introverts, we sometimes feel misunderstood. We wish you could visualize what’s going on inside our brains—you might be surprised! Here are six illustrations of what it’s like to be in our …

Good Writing Is the Hardest Form of Thinking

Good writing is the hardest form of thinking. It involves the agony of turning profoundly difficult thoughts into lucid form, then forcing them into …

Writing

Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

<b>Ingredients</b><p>1 tablespoon canola oil<br>• 3/4 cup sliced scallions (about 5)<br>• 4 ounces jarred chopped pimentos, drained and pat dry<br>• 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder<br>• 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened<br>• 1/3 cup mayonnaise<br>• 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard<br>• 2 teaspoons Tabasco<br>• 1/2 pound extra sharp cheddar, coarsely grated<br>• 1/2 pound …

The Best Amazon Deals We Could Find Today, March 10

As a new recurring feature, we’re going to share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, March 10.<p><i>Mental Floss</i> …

Shopping

A Catholic reads the Bible, Week 33: Jeremiah's long-winded lamentations

<b>(CNN) —</b> Jeremiah, the prophet, lives forever in the dictionary. He is the basis of the word: jeremiad.<p>Merriam-Webster defines this word as a "prolonged lamentation or complaint; also, a cautionary or angry harangue."<p>Prolonged lamentation works perfectly: Jeremiah's book of the Bible is 51 whole …

Turner Broadcasting

Story plots: 7 tips to be more original

Clichéd story plots weaken an otherwise good story, a story where characters and settings are vivid. To tell a story that feels original and …

Books

20-Minute Creamy Avocado Basil Pasta

Who said comfort food couldn't be good for you? This oh-so-creamy, warm, and delicious homemade dish is like a combination of mac and cheese and pesto pasta. But it's much healthier.<p>This recipe is made without an ounce of milk or cheese. The creaminess comes from fiber-rich avocado, which is also …

Here's How To Make Italy's Most Popular Cocktail

Is it summer yet?<p>The strongest elements of Italian culture—think art, food, architecture—tend to be defined by a few recurring things: Elevated aesthetics, practicality, and gusto. Unsurprisingly, the drinking culture in The Boot follows suit.<p>In addition to the country's many wine regions, there is …

Daily RCL Bible Reading Devotional – March 10th, 2016

Scripture Reading(s) John 12:1-8 12:1 Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 12:2 …

Theology

The 5 Triggers That Make New Habits Stick

In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg explains a simple three-step process that all habits follow. This cycle, known as …

Time I

These 7 Baked Cheese Recipes Will Make Life Better

1 of 7<p>Baked Ricotta and Goat Cheese with Candied Tomatoes<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 7<p>Baked Brie with Honey, Rosemary and Candied Walnuts<p>3 of 7<p>Baked Fontina Dip<p>…

These beautiful tiny homes cost less than $20,000 to build — take a look inside

After more than a decade of designing, editing, and reworking, the students at Rural Studio, Auburn University 's architectural-design program, built two cottages with raw materials that cost just $14,000 each. (The team calls them the "20K Homes.")<p>The goal was to create a model for building homes …

9 Easy Home Improvements That Add Thousands to Your Listing

Everyone wants to get the maximum dollar for their home when it's time to sell. But not everyone wants to get swamped by a giant renovation project …

Home Improvement

5 Yoga Poses For Shoulder Strength And Flexibility

<i>Each month, yoga coach Gwen Lawrence shows us five yoga poses designed to keep athletes in the game. To start the spring off right, she's putting the</i> …

Yoga

10 Ways to Reduce Your Housing Costs in Retirement

<b>By Emily Brandon<br>1. Affordable housing</b>Housing is often your biggest retirement expense. But there are a variety of ways to cut your housing costs in …

Retirement

These 7 Amazing Egg Pairings Will Transform Your Breakfast

Starting the morning sunny side up is infinitely easier with the assistance of a wholesome, protein-packed breakfast. (A piping hot latte also helps.) However, finding time in the a.m. to play chef is hard -- unless, of course, we're talking about super simple recipes.<p>In partnership with American …

Dr. Hyman Debunks The 3 Health Myths That Keep Us Sick - The Chalkboard

<i>Wellness experts like our March guest editor, Dr. Mark Hyman, author of Eat Fat, Get Thin, are redefining how we look at healthcare on a fundamental</i> …

Top 5 Indian Eating Habits That Are Good For Health

When it comes to healthy eating habits, Indians are right there on the top of the list. Owing to the unique culinary traditions and rich cultural …

Food

The Best & Worst Foods for Your Cholesterol Levels

At one time, it was thought that cholesterol-rich foods—like red meat and eggs—contributed to high cholesterol in the blood. But newer research shows …

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

Does This Outdoor Oven Make the Best Homemade Pizza On the Planet? | Men's Health

Given all this, maybe it won’t surprise you that Lynx, a high-end grilling company, sells an outdoor, gas-powered pizza oven, for $4,499.00. Why the crazy price tag?<p>Well, Lynx will tell you that, unlike your kitchen’s oven, the 30” Napoli Pizza Oven can reach temperatures up to 700°F, aided by a …