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Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Family

Skillet Pork Chops in Creamy Mushroom Sauce Are a Dinner Win

Easing back into the hustle and bustle of life after the weekend requires some key self-care steps. First and foremost? Making yourself a delicious, …

Cooking

11 Must-pack Items, According to Full-time Travel Writers

Courtesy of Nordstrom<p>Naot ‘Bounty’ Sandal<p>Last August, I set out on a yearlong trip around the world via Remote Year. Knowing I would only have one …

Shopping

Tokyo guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Japan's capital city

It’s easy to get lost in Tokyo. Home to massive skyscrapers, neon-lit signs, owl and maid cafes, anime shops, countless restaurants and karaoke bars, …

How to see the Sistine Chapel without the crowds

Exploring one of the world’s most famous museums is an awe-inspiring adventure, but more often than not, you’ll be sharing the experience with crowds of fellow travellers. But a new early morning tour at the Vatican Museums will let you explore the home of some of the world’s most famous works of …

Want to Avoid Hiring People You Can't Trust Later? Ask These 5 Powerful Interview Questions

Warren Buffett famously said that you should interview for intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don't have the last one, don't bother.<p>Are you a hiring manager or a person who conducts interviews as part of your job? Well, if you're not employing the science of behavioral interviewing in …

The most underrated coastal towns in Europe to go to before they become touristy

The vertiginous houses of Positano, the white settlements of Santorini and the poetic villages of Cinque Terre might still be some of the most …

How to Make Perfect Carbonara: Mistakes to Avoid

By Alex Delany<p>You want perfect strands of pasta glossed with a rich, silky sauce—not noodles tossed with scrambled eggs. Here's how to get it right, every time.<p>Pasta carbonara is the ultimate there's-no-food-in-the-house dinner. No matter how bare your cupboard or unfortunately under-stocked your …

10 Amazing Under-The-Radar Destinations To Visit In 2018

What better way to kick-start the new year than making some exciting travel plans? If you anything like us then you probably want to avoid somewhere …

The 18 best trips for 2018

2017 was the year of traveling fearlessly. In a world so often portrayed as risky, dangerous, the reality is that when you actually get out there, …

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.<p>Consider a former client of mine who was angling for the C-suite but had received feedback that his …

Self-awareness

The unexpected Italian capital of fine food and fast cars

Overshadowed by powerhouse destinations like Rome and Florence, Modena flies under most travelers’ radars. But given that this northern city is the …

This Elon Musk Email to Tesla Employees Is a Powerful Lesson in Authentic, Heartfelt Leadership

When times get tough, great leaders don't just protect -- they connect.<p>Elon Musk is one of the world's most popular entrepreneurs. As the guiding force behind Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI -- not to mention helping to found PayPal -- he tackles some of the biggest challenges.<p>That includes some of the …

100 sensationally beautiful pictures of Italy

Italy - the best country in the entire world, according to our Readers' Travel Awards 2017. So much beauty! Romance, art and history is everywhere - …

Italy

Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie

Think before you snap that selfie.<p>That's the serious message of a joint campaign created by two groups that have spent the past few years poking fun at problematic photos taken by Western volunteers. They often have the tendency to paint themselves as saviors to needy people in low-income countries.<p>…

Social Media

Travel In Tuscany, Italy! 20 Most Beautiful Places

Florence<br>Photo credit @santophoto on #instagram<p>Badia di Passignano, #Tuscany.<p>#photo credit @jeferstellari on Instagram<p>The tiny village of Canneto, in …

Italy

Vegan Chickpea Veggie Burger Recipe

Want to try a veggie burger recipe made from chickpeas? Garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and some vegetables are mashed together with flour as a binder, …

Five Places to Go in San Francisco

Bayview is a neighborhood removed in San Francisco — out toward the old Candlestick Park, in the city’s southeastern reaches. It’s been relatively untouched by the tech boom and the accompanying high rises that pepper the rest of the city. But the neighborhood, home to a tight-knit community of …

San Francisco

The Polish phrase that will help you through tough times

In Poland, the concept of 'Jakoś to będzie' is acting without worrying about the consequences. It’s reaching for the impossible. It’s taking risks, and not being afraid.<p>Words like 'hygge' (Danish), 'gezelligheid' (Dutch) and 'lagom' (Swedish) have become very popular in recent years. But fans of …

Europe

35 Secrets to Marriage Success

For many married couples, falling in love and saying "I do" was the easy part. Living happily ever after is the part that takes a whole lot of work.<p>My family history doesn't have the best track record when it comes to the vow "until death do us part." My parents divorced when I was 18, and on my …

Chorizo and Cornbread Stuffing

Cornbread

Girls with Nagging Moms Grow Up to Be More Successful

"I told you so," says your mother.<p>Harassing your daughter about finishing up her homework may not thrill her at the time, but she'll thank you later in life. According to a study conducted by the University of Essex in England, she will probably be more successful than the kids of less pushy …

Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar — The Buddhist abbot tucked his legs under his robes and began to explain.<p>Rohingya Muslims do not belong in Myanmar, and they never have, he said. Their fertility allowed them to overwhelm the local Buddhist population. But now, somehow, many Rohingya seemed to be gone.<p>“We thank the …

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

A Majestic Green Eyed Bengal Cat Who Enjoys the Great Outdoors With Her Beloved Human

Suki is a gorgeously majestic Bengal cat from Canada who loves going on road trips with her beloved human. Together the two of them visit beautiful, …

Top Destinations in Italy Where Italians Go

You’re at a restaurant and want wine, but you’re not sure what to order. A Tuscan Chianti or Piedmontese Barolo is always a solid choice. Or, you’re …

87 Books by Women You Should Read Before You Die

Without women, some pretty amazing things wouldn't exist. Book-lovers know best that women have changed the world in so many important ways — …

20 Free Business MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) That Will Advance Your Career

Art, philosophy, literature and history--that's mainly what we discuss around here. We're about enriching the mind. But we're not opposed to helping …

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

Lessons to Be Learned From Paulo Freire as Education Is Being Taken Over by the Mega Rich

At a time when memory is being erased and the political relevance of education is dismissed in the language of measurement and quantification, it is …