Janelle Mashtal

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Why a Fake Patron Named ‘Chuck Finley’ Checked Out 2,361 Books at This Florida Library Last Year

Some library workers wanted to ensure the classics stayed on the shelves.<p>In what might be the dork misdeed of the year-so-far (although seriously, at …

Student dies after fight at Delaware high school

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 16-year-old girl died Thursday after fighting with other girls in a bathroom at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, Delaware, authorities said.<p>"There was an altercation that initially started between two people, and my understanding is that additional individuals joined in …

High School

Blogs | Food & Wine

Jet Tila joins the upcoming season as the show returns to its original format.<p>Dogfish Head, Cigar City, and Funky Buddha have all donated bottles to …

Ice Cream

I Escaped the Darkness of Depression Thanks to a Unique Prescription With No Side Effects: Poetry

<b>From Black Rainbow: How Word Healed My - My Journey Through Depression, by Rachel Kelly. Copyright © 2015 by Rachel Kelly. Reprinted by permission of Quercus, a Hachette company.</b><p><i>Three months after the birth of her second child, Rachel Kelly found herself sinking into deep depression. Here she</i> …

Literature
Bourbon Whiskey

Your Coolest New Party Trick: The Instant Old Fashioned

Forget not having fun at parties you're hosting. Make this quick and easy syrup in advance and make guests instant Old Fashioneds all night.<p>Ready to be the coolest person at any party you attend from here on out? Come equipped with a recipe for Old Fashioned syrup you're about to commit to memory, …

Rye Whiskey

DIY: Make an Air Plant Frame

Lack of soil is usually prohibitive if you want to grow a garden, but not when it comes to air plants! All you need for a happy air plant garden is a …

DIY

‘Cocktails for a Crowd’: Batching drinks means more mingling, less mixing

It only has to happen once – a guest requests a mixed drink just as you’re readying to take the bird out of the oven. Maybe you begrudgingly mix it, …

Brandy

We Can't Stop Eating These Doughnuts. Here's How to Make 'Em

A good cake doughnut is chewy, tender, crackly—and entirely possible to make at home.<p>A really great cake doughnut is a thing of beauty: tender, chewy (but never tough), with a puffy, cracked top that's slightly crunchy in spots. These Matcha Doughnuts were such a big hit with our staff during the …

Baking

To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved

Time management goes only so far; the emotional reasons for delay must also be addressed<p>Putting off a work or school assignment in order to play videogames or water the plants might seem like nothing more serious than poor time-management.<p>But researchers say chronic procrastination is an emotional …

Time Management

Top 5 Ice Cream Parlors in America

There's no sweeter way to enjoy a summer afternoon than with a heaping cone of fresh-made ice cream. However, before you settle for freezer-burned sherbet from the local drugstore, consider one of GAYOT's favorite artisan ice cream parlors across the country. Serving up creative flavors like lemon …

Ice Cream

The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system

How a promising but oversimplified idea caught fire, then got coopted by conservative ideology<p>One of the most popular ideas in education these days can be summarized in a single sentence (a fact that may help to account for its popularity).<p>Here's the sentence:<p><i>Kids tend to fare better when they</i> …

Pedagogy

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Just say "no" to plastic drop cloths.<p>Professional painters are fast, efficient, and have mastered techniques that produce top-notch results while making it all look easy. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, including these 13 tips.<p>1. …

Home Improvement

16 Incredible Books You Definitely Shouldn’t Miss This Summer

Here are the books you'll want to have read come fall.

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Travel

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series? We'll be spending the latter half of 2015 huddled up inside, thankyouverymuch), we recommend basking in the excellent stories that've already been …

Books

12 Women Explain Why They Never Want to Have Kids

"All I ever wanted was to have children. I had an incredible childhood, brought up on a farm. No mobiles, no iPad, no PlayStation. Just playing outside with my mum and dad both at home working on the farm. I am starting to think that I couldn't cope with bringing up a child in this new world. They …

You Should Do All 15 Things "Good Housekeeping" Says You Should Never Do in Front of Your Husband

I was on Facebook yesterday—not to brag, but I use Facebook pretty much every day—and after browsing friends' posts about everything from sea bunny slugs (OMG!) to rum-centric plans for POG juice, I spotted the following from my friend Chelsea:<p><i>Surely it is, Chelsea</i>, I thought. Even a publication …

Relationships

Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Making a Room Look Bigger

As a former New Yorker and current owner of a wee Cape Cod cottage, I am quite familiar with both the charm and challenges of small spaces. When done …

Remodeling 101: How to Choose the Perfect White Paint

We’re on an eternal quest for that home design Holy Grail: the perfect white paint. And given that spaces, lighting, moods, and personal preferences …

Makeup & Beauty Requests for Bridesmaids: What’s Reasonable and What’s Not

You want a bridal party full of your pals looking their best. From their hair to their shoes you want them to shine. However, somehow with one …

Hair Color

The Fabulous Art Trove Saved From the Nazis—And Hidden From You

Some 400 masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso, Cocteau, Chagall and others were rescued from Nazi-occupied France only to be locked up in Belgrade …

10 Ways to Renew, Refresh and Rejuvenate

Recently I did a speaking tour on the East Coast of the U.S. and noticed that people were tired of the cold, snow, and dark gloomy days and wanted some relief. I promised everyone I'd deliver sunshine in my next blog post -- so here goes! I encourage you to read, digest, live and share...<p>I often …

InterAct

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of Michigan

14 Simple Ways To Make Your Home More Awesome

These DIY projects aren't just pretty—they'll make your home snazzier and more awesome.<p><b>1. Wine Cork Trivet</b><p><i>Alyssa & Carl</i><p>If you're a wine-drinker who likes to save your corks, figuring out what to do with the leftovers can be a dilemma. Luckily, Alyssa & Carla have a great idea for a dead-simple …

Essential Tools for Your First Kitchen (& Every Kitchen Thereafter)

<i>As home cooks, we rely on our instincts, our knowledge, and our curiosities -- but we also have to rely on our tools. Which is why we're asking the experts about the essential tools we need to make our favorite foods attainable in our own kitchens.</i><p><i>Today: Cal Peternell, the chef at Alice Waters’s</i> …

Stone Age

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Packed With Protein

Oatmeal breakfast bars packed with protein, peanut butter and chocolate. What more could you want in breakfast, really?<p>Soft-baked oatmeal breakfast bar with none of those weird ingredients that you need to Google to figure out what they are.<p>And then feel all the guilty ickies when you find out what …

Breakfast

How to Convert a Recipe for Your Slow Cooker

We tweaked three of our popular recipes to be slow cooker-friendly.<p>Truth: You can cook a lot of stove-top stews or oven-braises in a slow cooker. But before you go to work, school, the gym, sleep, or whatever else you’d like to do for 8 hours, there are a few tips to keep in mind. We recently …

Cooking

The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.