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The 16 Best Books on Writing Memoir

Capturing Your Legacy in One Small Story<p>Alan Gelb<p>Writing coach Alan Gelb’s book is targeted specifically towards baby boomers: when this book was first published in 2015, he felt that baby boomers were staring down the barrel of their lives’ third act, not knowing what to do with it. According to …

Writing

Benjamin Franklin built his character around 13 virtues — and following his weekly plan could change your life

<b>• Founding father Benjamin Franklin sought to live his life based on 13 virtues.</b><p><b>• He even kept a chart to record which virtues he was actually living by on a weekly basis.</b><p><b>• Tracking and reflecting on these traits could help you lead a more virtuous life.</b><p>Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 into a …

Cure Your Cabin Fever With Cuban Chicken & Rice

Ever since New Year’s Eve, I’ve felt a bit off. No, it’s not a cold. I am definitely developing a mild case of cabin fever. Maybe it’s the …

Recipes

Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 450°. Stir together first 8 ingredients in a medium bowl.<p>Step 2<p>Place a roasting pan on stove top over 2 burners. …

Chef-Approved Vegan Sauces That Add Tons of Flavor to Your Meals

If the new year has you motivated to eat more plant-based foods, we're with you. We drowned ourselves in hot chocolate (and of course we said yes to …

How to Increase Sales by Mastering the Art of Storytelling

Nothing keeps someone on the edge of their seat like a good story.That’s why people love to watch movies, read books, and binge-watch television …

Marketing

33 Daily Habits Highly Successful People Have (and the Rest of Us Probably Don't)

Getting ahead can be a struggle if you don't have the discipline to do the right simple things every single day.<p>Ever wonder why getting ahead can sometimes seem like such a struggle? The truth is: If you want to be highly successful, you need to be highly disciplined. I've polled countless …

How Building 1 Keystone Habit Can Transform Your Life

Making significant change in your life can be as easy as starting each day with a glass of water. No...really.<p>This is the time of season where gym membership enrollment goes through the roof. I am sure self-help books are flying off the shelves right now too. We are telling ourselves that this is …

14 Easy, Vegan-Friendly Weeknight Dinners

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Writing advice from iconic authors

If your job involves writing in any way—or even if you just pen an occasional love note—it always pays to improve your skills.<p>There’s plenty of …

Aristotle said there are three types of friendship, but only one we should strive for

At age 17, Aristotle enrolled in the Platonic Academy. He would stay there for 20 years.<p>Founded by the father of Western philosophy, the Greek philosopher Plato, Aristotle was the most promising student around. He asked many questions and answered even more.<p>The exact time of his departure from the …

9 Falafel Recipes That Will Get You Hooked on Mediterranean Meals

Have we mentioned that we love debunking the myth that store-bought is superior to homemade? You guessed it: When it comes to a falafel recipe, …

31 One-Pot Dinners To Make Every Night In December

Bless no mess.

8 Photos Show What It's Like To Be Young & Trans

From the moment photographer Charlotte Hadden started her project <i>Between</i>, in which she photographs transgender children in the U.K., she knew exactly …

Transgender

Lemon Lavender Shortbread Cookies

• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp<br>• 2/3 cup powdered sugar<br>• 1/2 lemon, zested<br>• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from the zested lemon half)<br>• 1/2 teaspoon ground lavender<br>• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract<br>• 2 cups flour<p>In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and …

Recipes

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.<p>Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on the task at hand. And in fact, recent research has found that music can have beneficial effects on creativity. When it comes …

Want to Change a Bad Habit Forever? Here Are the 4 Proven Steps to Make the Change Stick.

Everyone has bad habits. Not everyone is successful at getting rid of them. Find out the why and the how to.<p>In a few key ways, our bad habits aren’t too different from our good ones.<p>They are both created to meet our needs, for instance. And these routine behaviors get assigned to a part of the …

This Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup Cooks While You're at Work

Using your slow cooker is a hands-off way to get dinner on the table, but if a recipe's cooking time isn't long enough to jive with your workday …

The Most Beautiful Sounding Words in English

Competitions and Composition<p>What do you think is the most beautiful-sounding word in English? Consider these unpredictable choices by well-known …

When Students Won’t Stop Talking

Listen to my interview with Michael Linsin (transcript):<p>Sponsored by Write About and Peergrade<p><b>In my first few years of teaching, student talking was</b> …

Here’s how people judge you based on your face

Scientists have identified countless ways that we judge people based on their looks, even when those judgments have no basis in reality.<p>"We form …

Psychology

Response: 'Double Flip' Your Classroom

By onJuly 5, 2017 12:34 AM<p><i>(This is the last post in a two-part series. You can see Part One here.)</i><p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><b>What are the best</b> …

Teaching

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

Why Using Logic Alone To Persuade Others Will Fail Most Of The Time

What research tells us about logic and emotions when it comes to the art and science of persuading others.<p>No matter your level, the size of your company, the industry in which you work, or your role, you need to be able to persuade and influence people. Those that do it really well do so in a way …

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Want to Train Yourself to Succeed? Science Says These 3 Things Matter Most

A National Science Foundation-funded review of 61 success studies found these three things cited over and over again.<p>Henry Ford once famously said: "Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."<p>It's a pithy quote (Ford was a quote machine), but now, just over 70 years …

Lose Weight and Indulge in Your Cravings With These "Cheez-It" Chickpeas

I must confess, these oven-roasted chickpeas are not Cheez-Its, and they don't quite capture the same flaky, airy texture of the cracker. I'm sorry! Well, not really, because they <i>do</i> have a spicy-cheesy taste, are satisfyingly crunchy, and are filling to boot. You win some; you lose some. High in …

Recipes

3 Advanced Ways to Craft Better Sentences - Copyblogger

While the goal of “improving your content writing” may seem complex, it’s not necessarily more complicated than improving each sentence you …

Creative Writing

Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

My heart sank when I thought about how this space—a cemetery—resembled the classroom space I designed for my very first class of fourth graders. The …

New Study: Rates of Anti-LGBTQ School Bullying at 'Unprecedented High'

Seven years ago, a rash of suicides triggered widespread public discussion about the extremely high rate of bullying queer and transgender students …

LGBTQI