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5 Tips for How to Read Faster Without Losing Comprehension

Remember the 1996 John Travolta movie <i>Phenomenon?</i> No? Well, that’s okay – neither do I. But I remember the trailer, in which Travolta gets zapped by …

John Travolta

The Incredible Testimony as a Former Gymnast Confronts Her Sexual Abuser in Court

Today former gymnast Rachael Denhollander had a half hour to address the court—and her abuser—during the sentencing hearing of Larry Nasser, the …

Evangelical Christianity

Three incredible pieces of marriage advice I've never forgotten

I recently got into a brief argument with my wife over something totally minor. In the moment, however, it felt like it was a huge deal. Pride has a way of converting little offenses into major ones.<p>After we stopped bickering about the issue, I was still stewing inside, getting more and more …

Relationships

What You Need to Know About Highly Sensitive People

An Email from a new subscriber says:<p><b>Thank you!</b><p><b>I read for the first time in my life of 70 years about the truthfulness of the highly sensitive</b> …

Psychology

What Do You Do With the Will of God?

Christians have spilled a lot of ink attempting to discern how we can know and do the will of God. Like many others, I have written about this often, …

Evangelical Christianity

When Dad Spends More Time With Baby, It's Major For Mom, Too

Child rearing and raising has traditionally been considered the occupation of women. It's just been assumed that the men took on their traditional …

Parenting

7 mistakes new dog owners make and how to avoid them

My dog Buster was my bad-tempered but deeply beloved companion for 17 long years. He was king of the house, mogul of the manor.<p>Until my husband and I …

Man Creates Obnoxious Robot to Trick Telemarketers in Brilliant Quest for Revenge

One devious genius has created a robot to string telemarketers along—and the results are comedy gold.<p>Fed up with unwanted calls, telecom professional …

Advertising Industry

How to Slay the Dragon of Pornography

Pornography raises many questions, but two of the most simple are also the most important.<p><i>Why</i> fight temptations? And <i>how</i>? <b></b><p>So many resolutions to avoid …

5 Things Type 1 Diabetics Wish You'd Keep to Yourself

My name is Rachel. I'm young and healthy and energetic. I exercise daily, eat organic and vegetarian and believe in the magical powers of a good night's sleep. I'm also a type 1 diabetic who has wrestled with my disease for nine years and counting.<p>When new friends or acquaintances learn I'm …

This mountain was once considered impossible to climb — see a photographer's dizzying images of one climber's ascent

There are two main faces of El Capitan: the Southwest and the Southeast. The Nose lies between the two and is the most popular climb of El Cap. The 3,000-foot mountain was once considered impossible to climb due to the technicalities involved.<p>The very first successful rock-climbing ascent of The …

Climbing

7 things a sleep scientist does to get a good night's sleep

Sleep is one of the most fundamental and basic things humans do. Without it, we'd literally die.<p>But many find it extremely challenging to not only get an adequate and consistent amount of sleep every night, but to do it well.<p>We turned to an expert — sleep scientist Patrick Fuller, an associate …

Harvard Medical School

Five close reading strategies to support the Common Core

I walked in to my first college class, Political Science 101, eager to learn. For my inaugural college assignment, my professor asked the class to …

In Lieu of Flowers

Conversations.

<i>“Are you a brittle diabetic?”</i>Wow. Two things I don’t like to hear in one sentence. But… if you live with diabetes long enough, you’re going to hear …

Diabetes

Effective Reading Strategies

Effectively Reading Your Textbook<p>Newsflash: Your teacher doesn’t care if you read the whole chapter. I know that this sounds like a lie that teachers …

The Downsides of Being Very Emotionally Intelligent

Gemma is extremely caring and sensitive. She pays a great deal of attention to others’ emotions and is kind and considerate. Gemma is also quite optimistic. She is usually upbeat and remains positive even in the face of bad news. Her colleagues love working with her because they see her as a beacon …

Does Your Boss Have Emotional Intelligence? Here Are 4 Ways to Truly Know

If your boss is faking these behaviors, he's the greatest actor since Tom Hanks.<p>Ever wonder whether your boss has a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ)? To really find out, you'd need to measure your boss's current emotional competencies against the set standard of those prolific bosses that …

Emotional Intelligence

4 Signs to Immediately Identify Someone With True Emotional Intelligence

Imagine the immense possibilities of working with a team that possesses these traits.<p>In a recent report, top human resources officers from global companies were asked what they see as the 10 job skills required by the year 2020 for workers to thrive.<p>One of those critical skills for success that …

Leadership

Eleven signs that you lack emotional intelligence

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source …

The Truth Behind Sibling Stereotypes And What They Actually Mean

The oldest is the smartest. The youngest gets it easier. The middle child feels left out.<p>We've all heard these sibling stereotypes hundreds of times, …

10 Temptations Facing an Elder’s Wife

Puritan pastor Thomas Brooks gave thanks for the prayer life of his wife, Martha. Even when poor health demanded she be in bed, Martha instead …

Why You Shouldn’t Run Toward Ministry

Most careers travel a discernible path to the top. Being a lawyer starts with getting a law degree. Then comes the bar exam, and if you manage to …

'13 Reasons Why': A World without Hope

Once upon a time, a young novelist wrote a Young Adult novel about suicide. It became, in the words of The New York Times, “a stealthy hit with …

Mental Health

The Pastor's Personal Holiness

The most important thing a pastor can do is pursue personal holiness. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, the famous nineteenth century Scottish Presbyterian, …

The facts about online predators every parent should know

Talking to kids about online predators gives them the tools they need to handle themselves in a web-based world<p>Every parent worries about online predators at some point. And while it's smart to be cautious, the facts show that it's actually fairly rare for kids to be contacted by adult strangers …

The Face Of Modern Child Neglect

Just learned a friend’s 9 yr old granddaughter has been watching porn since she was 6. No parental controls on tech. This is child neglect.— Karen …

Parenting

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting