Lauren B. Davis

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Why do the poor make such poor decisions?

On November 13, 1997, a new casino opened its doors just south of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains. Despite the dismal weather, a long line had …

Child Marriage Still Happens in America

Every year in the United States, thousands of teens are pushed into marriage — and often face horrific abuse as a result. Here, three survivors share their stories.<p>Anna Jones* was 16 years old the day she walked into her mother's bathroom and told her she was leaving. Her mother leapt out of the …

Faces of the North Dakota pipeline protest: 'Sacred land is who we are'

Native Americans and protesters await a ruling on an injunction to stop work on the $3.7bn pipeline they say threatens their water and protected land

Ted Hughes on How to Be a Writer: A Letter of Advice to His 18-Year-Old Daughter

“The first sign of disintegration — in a writer — is that the writing loses the unique stamp of his/her character, & loses its inner light.”<p><i>“Read good books, have good sentences in your ears,”</i> the poet Jane Kenyon counseled in what remains some of the sagest advice to write and live by. But if …

The Hidden Holocaust

<i>The following is a script from "The Hidden Holocaust" which aired on October 4, 2015. Lara Logan is the correspondent. Alan Goldberg, producer.</i><p>The …

Former Michael Vick Fighting Dog Is a Real Pussy Cat, ‘Most Loving Family Pet’

This pitbull, rescued from Michael Vick’s dog-fighting operation years ago, was never meant to be a fighter — he’s a lover. He even has a “Kitten …

Stray Pit Bull Saves a Woman and Child From Attacker

A Florida woman named Angela was leaving a playground with her toddler in Port Charlotte when a man approached her in the parking lot and threatened …

The hidden adult themes in Beatrix Potter

Born 150 years ago on 28 July, the British children’s book author was far more subversive than you may have realised, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>“Your father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs McGregor.”<p>Old Mrs Rabbit’s frightful warning to her children Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and …

Books

64 Online Writing Tools For Writers, Bloggers & Authors

Download a PDF of these online writing tools for your next writing project.<p><b>Word Processing (More than just Word and Pages)</b><p>AutoCrit: Manuscript …

Creative Writing

17 Wise Quotes That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Sometimes the wise words of others can brighten your day, and make you really happy.<p>Whoever doesn't think wisdom is the way to inner peace is definitely wrong. Reading calming words can do wonders for our psyche--calming us while simultaneously making us happy deep inside.<p>Read on to discover 17 …

Samuel Beckett, the maestro of failure

Better known for his plays, Beckett felt his prose fiction was his central work, and his fearlessly bleak short stories are among the 20th century’s greatest<p>Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1966, Samuel Beckett wrote a short story called Ping. It begins:<p>All known all white bare white body fixed …

How to Cook for Vegetarian Guests on the Fourth of July

Veggie burgers, juicy grilled tomatoes and more meatless ways to celebrate Independence Day.<p>“If it were up to me, I would throw everything on the …

Zen Out: A Guided 10-Minute Meditation Video

You may not realize it, but every noise you hear has an effect on your body and mind. “Certain sounds make us feel certain ways,” says Sara Auster, …

100 Must-Read Books About Nature

The following list compiles books that deal with the natural world from many vantage points. I have broken them, loosely, into categories. If you are …

How Consciousness Solves The Puzzle Of Life

With so much knowledge floating around, you can easily lose the forest for the trees. Without a fundamental understanding of the big picture, the pieces can make very little sense and even seem absurd. This is true particularly in the case of spirituality. For example, the idea that God is …

Will Self: ‘I write first thing, when I can suspend disbelief in the act of making things up’

The author explains why the morning matters and why he measures his output in 800-word ‘Conrads’<p>When I’m working on a novel I type the initial draft first thing in the morning. Really: first thing. For preference, I have a cigarette ready-rolled and a coffee percolator loaded the night before; then …