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Turn Your Commute into a Learning Session With These 7 Podcasts

During daily car rides to B+C HQ, plane trips for work and play, and long runs outside, I enjoy spending time learning new things as often as possible. When that doesn’t involve reading a book or scanning my Twitter feed for the latest news, I’m usually tuned into my favorite podcasts.<p>You can tell …


The Best Travel Workouts You Can Do With No Equipment

When it comes to reaching your fitness goals, consistency is key. And while travel workouts are obviously great if you can fit them in, don't stress …


What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

“It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person.”<p><i>“A person’s identity,”</i> Amin Maalouf wrote as he contemplated what he so poetically called the genes of the soul, <i>“is like a pattern drawn on a tightly stretched parchment. Touch</i> …

Human Rights

Here's How To Be Mindful AF Even When Life Is Stressful

Apparently it's the secret to being happier, calmer, and just generally more awesome.

10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

Fluid reflections on keeping a solid center.<p>I remember my first awareness of mortality as a child in Bulgaria. I was nine and my father was relaying an anecdote from his youth. I asked him when it had taken place. With unconcerned casualness, he replied: <i>“About a decade ago.”</i> I was astonished that …


Cry, Heart, But Never Break: A Remarkable Illustrated Meditation on Loss and Life

“Who would enjoy the sun if it never rained? Who would yearn for the day if there were no night?”<p><i>“Each day, we wake slightly altered, and the person we were yesterday is dead,”</i> John Updike wrote, <i>“so why … be afraid of death, when death comes all the time?”</i> Half a millennium earlier, Montaigne posed …

10 Free Apps Every Language Student Should Have In Their Phones (Android)

You are committed to learning a new language? You have a big challenge in front of you! The life-time journey of mastering a foreign language …

Language Learning

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

David Cameron argues we need to train the smartest to teach. But Finnish universities select only 10% of applicants – and not the cleverest<p>When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she …


Is Your Mind In Control Of You?

You are not your mind, and you are most definitely not your thoughts.<p>However, your mind is a part of you, a tool for you to utilize as and when you …