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From nanny to international art star: Ramiro Gomez on how his paintings reveal the labor that makes California cool possible

Roughly five years ago, artist Ramiro Gomez was working as a private nanny for a family in the Hollywood Hills. In his spare time, he had begun making small collages that explored issues of labor. His focus: the mostly Latino nannies, gardeners, construction workers and valets who make the …

5 Common Habits That Are Undermining Your Happiness

<i>We all have a desire to be happy. It is a part of the human condition to seek joy and good feelings. Yet many of us unintentionally undermine our happiness every day.</i><p>Being a Life and Executive Coach, I see common patterns in people's daily behavior that are keeping them from lasting happiness. Too …

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.<p>Davidson hooked up …

“Sorry we killed your family”: We are the terrorists in the Middle East, and our compliant media will never tell the truth

The real Middle East terrorists? Look in the mirror. We’ll never face it, because the media won’t level with us<p>As the great American lawyer and statesman John Adams noted, “facts are stubborn things.”<p>Anybody paying attention to the facts regarding the U.S. bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontieres …

Chasing Food Dreams Across U.S., Nigerian Chef Tests Immigration System

Most aspiring chefs long for the white hat, the gleaming kitchen, the fancy menu.<p>But Nigeria-born Tunde Wey stumbled into a different version of the (American) chef's dream. He wanted to see the country and share the food of his West African childhood with friends and strangers along the way.<p>So a …

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become …

Streetwear

30 High-Impact Ways to Level Up Your Writing

<i>This is a guest contribution from freelance blogger and email copywriter Hassan Ud-deen.</i><p>Ever feel like your writing could be better?<p>If you’re a …

‘The Rain Maker’: How I Shot a Conceptual Wet Plate Collodion Photograph

During past few weeks I have been working on a new picture I had in mind. This time I already knew the title: “The Rain Maker.” It’s a picture made …

Photography

The Complete Guide to Productivity

Let’s face it.<p>We all want more time in our lives.<p>It could be an evening to spend more time with our family and friends, a 30-hour day to grow our …

Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza: Watch a Mini Documentary by the Shadowy Street Artist

The world’s most mysterious street artist released a 2-minute documentary online Wednesday that details the horrors of Gaza—allegedly shot by the man …

21 Best Things To Do In The San Francisco Bay Area, As Explained By Locals

New York was freezing, and I had to leave. Thanks to JetBlue and a $63 round-trip ticket (yes, you read that right), I headed to the San Francisco Bay Area where the weather was better and the food, too, gave NYC a run for its money.<p>While there, I worked from various cafes, friends' homes and …

Here's How To Avoid One Of The Most Common Life Regrets

Karl Pillemer, a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University, has spent the last several years interviewing hundreds of older Americans to systematically collect their practical wisdom.<p>His first book, <i>30 Lessons for Living</i>, synthesized advice from over 1,000 elders on topics like happiness, work, and …

In Love? 9 Financial Facts To Know About Your Partner Before Commitment

Valentine’s Day is coming up, so engagements are on at least a few people’s minds. A 2013 study found that six million people were planning to pop the question or expecting to answer on cupid’s holiday.<p>If a major commitment is on the horizon for you and your loved one, you’ll also need to start …

A Casual Review of the Fujifilm X100T

For the last 21 days I have been in Japan putting Fujifilm’s new X100T through its paces.<p>This review will not cover every technical aspect of the …

Creativity Over Coinage: Why Making Money Is Never My Objective For Writing Literary Fiction

One of the greatest biographies ever written was James Boswell's <i>The Life of Samuel Johnson</i>. In the biography is a quote by Mr. Johnson that many writers repeat ad infinitum: "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." I must confess that, as per his universal claim, I am that …

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …

Social Media

Urban Without Limits: Finding Adventure in America's Big Cities

Urban life is a thrill, but it can lose its luster when you're stuck in the same old routine. This month, we remake the metropolis in our own active image, celebrating the new, the cool, and the classic, with an emphasis on nonstop adventure, sports, and style. Join the revolution: <i>Outside</i> is going …

Money 'only makes you happy if you have more than neighbours'

Money only makes you happy if you have more than your friends and neighbours, a new study has found.<p>Despite the vast improvements in general standards of living in the past 40 years across Britain, 'keeping up with the Joneses' is still our biggest aspiration, the findings suggest.<p>Researchers have …

Happiness

After Long Absence, Banksy's Rat Is Back in San Francisco

When <b>Banksy's "Haight Street Rat"</b> first appeared on the side of the Haight bed-and-breakfast the Red Victorian back in 2010, the building's owners planned to repaint the side of their building, eliminating the famous graffiti artist's anti-establishment rodent. Prior to its scheduled destruction, …

How I Built a Custom Desk and Wire-Free Workspace for My Photo Editing

For years I’ve struggled with my workspace, I’ve had loads of different ones, from small ones in the corner of the living room in my old apartment to …

Words of Wisdom for Photographers by Renowned Photojournalist Steve McCurry

Last month, we shared a popular video in which photojournalist Steve McCurry talked about the danger of focusing on your destination so much that you …

Banksy’s 'Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery

A graffiti work by the stealth artist Banksy is back in its original street habitat — sort of.<p>Through July 11, the image known as “Haight Street Rat,” spray-painted on the side of a bed-and-breakfast in 2010 when Banksy was in San Francisco for the release of his documentary, “Exit Through the Gift …

On Being a Pseudo Wedding Photographer

I’m going to be real here. When I first started taking photos, I never aspired to be a wedding photographer. But in life, one thing leads to another …

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Why You Should Be Less Responsible at Work

An overstressed friend told me recently that her boss had counseled her to “be less responsible” at work. On the surface, it’s a ridiculous thing for …

Making a Plan

Fastpacking is a brilliant sport. Simply said, it’s a sport where you strap a small amount of gear, food, and water on your back and go running and …

Street Artist From Portugal Creates 3D Graffiti That Appears To Float In The Air

Not every great piece of art is hung from the walls of a fancy museum with marble walls and ancient artifacts. In fact, some of the most incredible …

How To Pack A Backpack

Don't be this guy. Carrying a backpack so large that it extends over your head and outside the width of your back makes for a long, arduous day on …

Backpacking