Mike Hickman

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Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

Psychology

Why I Write in PowerPoint

When writing business documents (aside from emails), most people turn to word-processing software. That’s not the only option. You can do everything — outlines, drafts, revisions, and even layouts, if you’d like — in PowerPoint or similar presentation programs.<p>That’s what I’ve used to write my …

Artists Transform Coffee Spills Into Masterpieces

Ever splashed yourself with coffee or sat a dripping cup down on a white tablecloth? Then you're well aware of the beverage's staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.<p>For artist Maria Aristidou, it all started with a latte. "I was working on another commission …

Coffee

17 Colouring Books That Every Grown-Up Needs

Fresh ink.<p>Want some more recommendations? Try these out.

We found a guy who can draw and paint just about anything he sees

While a lot of people have taken to cameras and smartphones to document their travels, Singapore-based artist Cherngzhi Lian takes out his pencils …

10 family road trip games that you've never heard of

It's the annual family road trip. You've been trapped in a packed car for 11 hours and you only just passed Omaha. You've exhausted all the classic …

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

35 Photography Links to Blow Your Socks Off

With another terrific week behind us in the wide world of photography, Toad Hollow Photography has been searching all known corners of the internet …

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