Mel Watson

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Transient arrested after Starbucks umbrella set on fire in San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO — A man described as a transient was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of setting a market umbrella on fire at a Starbucks Coffee …

Coffee

Your brain can reveal who your true friends are: Study shows how similar neural responses predict friendships

The brains of close friends react to the world in similar ways, so does this mean we form natural echo chambers?<p>You may have a lot of things in …

Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: Ocean of Sand

Use the photograph above as the inspiration for your flash fiction story. Write whatever comes to mind (<i>no sexual, political, or religious</i> stories, …

Bill Gates Just Declared This Optimistic Read His New Favorite Book of All Time | Inc.com

Bill Gates may be known for his extreme focus, but when it comes to books at least, the man's attention spins like a weather vane.<p>One month he's giving 50 of his friends a new novel he adores, the next he's suggesting everyone get out the tissues and check out a heartbreaker of a memoir, then a bit …

Self-improvement

Why I Write

I’m usually awake by 6 am every day. Today I got up at 5 am. I meditate, spend some time with my wife, and then I write. My first real task each …

Creative Writing

The Only Thing You Need to Do to Overcome Fear, According to Neuroscience | Inc.com

Many business leaders pretend they are incredibly controlled, stoic, and confident. The perceived ideal image is for them to show that they do not feel fear.<p>I have never met anyone who doesn't face fear.<p>Every day, I don't know exactly what my team is going to do. I don't know what my clients are …

Neuroscience

Why 'personalized learning' advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a bold statement in a recent essay: By giving students individual help, average students can be turned into …

My Favorite Novels for 2016

What I loved reading this year<p>It’s the time of the year when I share with you my favorite books! Yesterday I gave you my favorite nonfiction titles. …

A Call to Abandon Whole-Class Novels

Long taken for granted as a solid literacy approach, the practice of having all students in a class read the same book has come under scrutiny in …

5 terrible writing habits to avoid

I have a theory: The more disciplined the writer, the easier it is to make a living as one.<p>It seems obvious, but it took me several years of filing …

How to write the perfect college essay, according to a dean of admissions

For high-school seniors across the nation, college admissions deadlines are beginning to loom large.<p>One of the biggest areas of stress is often the admissions essay.<p>The vice president and dean of admission at Reed College — a liberal arts school in Oregon — went on Reddit to answer questions about …

These 5 Publications Will Pay for Your Writing (One Pays Up to $500!)

Creative Writing with Color Poems

A few weeks ago, several readers inquired about the color poems I did with my middle school students. The “color poem” strategy/formula is one that I …

10 Quietly Creepy Novels to Get You in the Halloween Spirit

Cool autumnal weather means spending cozy nights at home with a bottle of fall wine, a unique fall candle and a good book. With Halloween less than a month away, we thought we’d get into the holiday spirit by reading a spooky story or two (okay, and DIY’ing cat halloween costumes). While fun …

Books

Screens are hooking kids on ‘digital heroin’

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought ‘why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a …

More Evidence Piles Up That Reading Literary Fiction Boosts EQ

There's a reason leaders from Barack Obama to Richard Branson make time for literature.<p>President Obama's summer reading list is full of literary fiction. So is Richard Branson's list of the books that influenced him the most. Both icons are exceptionally busy guys. Why do they make time in their …

A Wildly Inventive Fantasy Series That Began on the Web and Became a Best-Seller

Even if they made no difference to the history of Y.A. fiction, or fantasy fiction—and they do—Catherynne Valente’s five Fairyland novels would matter in the history of publishing: “The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Craft of Her Own Making,” released in 2009, began as a crowdfunded …

Made in Baltimore: Community Engagement for Makerspaces

We have been building Open Works on the premise that everyone is a maker. In many ways, that is a radical notion, and one that doesn’t necessarily reflect the reality of Baltimore. Today the Baltimore City population is majority female and African-American with a median income of $40,800 and a 26% …

Social Media

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

Louise Erdrich’s LaRose is everything you want a novel to be

Louise Erdrich’s latest novel, <i>LaRose</i>, begins with tragedy: Landreaux Iron, an Ojibwe man, is carefully stalking a deer through the woods when he …

Book Review - Star Wars: Bloodline

<i>Ricky Church reviews Star Wars: Bloodline…</i><p>Claudia Gray delves into a period of time in the <b>Star Wars</b> canon that has been explored very little lately: …

Comic Book Review – Star Trek #57

<b>Villordsutch reviews Star Trek #57…</b><p><i>The special “Legacy of Spock” event continues here! As the future of New Vulcan hangs in the balance, the elder</i> …

Book Review: The Journey is Everything by Katherine Bomer

In her brilliant new book, The Journey Is Everything :Teaching Essays That Students Want to Write for People Who Want to Read Them, Katherine Bomer …

What’s Wrong with the Redskins

In this country we don’t ban “Mein Kampf,” Ku Klux Klan screeds, or objectionable terms for racial groups. It is clear that the government cannot disallow offensive or hateful speech. But the federal trademark law, known as the Lanham Act, has since 1946 barred the registration of marks that may …

This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity and Creativity

<i>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep." </i>-- Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it controls your heartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion. It controls all the vital processes and functions of your body and knows …

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

Mount St. Helens Is ‘Recharging’ With Magma, Say Geologists

“The volcano is still very much alive.”<p>For most of the 20th century, Mount St. Helens kept silent vigil over the Pacific Northwest. Looming 9,600 feet above sea level, the young stratovolcano remained deceptively quiet throughout the early 1900s, with only a few grumbles occurring in 1903 and 1932. …

Fentanyl: The powerful opioid that killed Prince

<b>Sacramento, California (CNN) —</b> America's addiction to opioid-based painkillers and heroin just got exponentially more dangerous. The most potent painkiller on the market, prescribed by doctors for cancer treatment, is being made illicitly and sold on the streets, delivering a super high and, far …

Comic Book Review - The Walking Dead #154

<i>Zeb Larson reviews The Walking Dead #154…</i><p><i>Led to slaughter.</i><p><b>The Walking Dead #154</b> is still building toward a new crisis with the Whisperers, but it …