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18 Gmail settings that will change how you think about your inbox

Make your inbox more efficient and effective with these easily overlooked options.<p>When it comes to managing email, you need every advantage you can get.<p>Google recognizes this. The company has packed Gmail with dozens of advanced options that can save you time and add powerful possibilities into …

Google

20 of America’s Best Cities for a Long Weekend

You have one long weekend and a suitcase full of wanderlust. Whether you want to escape the commotion for the mountains or leave your quiet town for …

Hot Springs

Can You Spot the Hidden Images in These Psychedelic Landscapes?

Terri Loewenthal doesn’t know what her photographs will look like when she sets out to take them. This is rare—especially these days, when we often …

Google Search

This Is the Best Park in Every U.S. State

And how much it costs to visit.<p>This summer, get yourself, your family, or even your pet outdoors and explore the hidden natural wonders in your own …

National Parks

What You Should Know About Carol Burnett

Who she is, why she matters, and why she rules.<p>At 85 years old, Carol Burnett is still funnier than most of us could ever hope to be.<p>This is …

Comedy

8 Best Audiobooks Narrated by a Full Cast

Neil Gaiman<p><b>Read by Fred Berman, Anne Bobby, Dennis Boutsikaris, Tim Cain, Richard Ferrone, Adam Grupper, and more</b><p>This is one of the full-cast audiobooks against which all others are invariably measured. It’s just that good. From Ron McLarty’s pitch-perfect Odin to Daniel Oreske’s beleaguered Shadow …

Books

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

Yes, You Can Catch Up On Your Sleep!

Good news for people who use their days off as they're intended — to rest up after a busy week. It turns out those compensatory ZZZ's are far more …

Sleep

The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland

The day of the royal wedding, we could not keep our eyes off her. What was she thinking, as she sat in the pews of the five-hundred-year-old chapel, enveloped in history and irony? I mean the mother of the bride, Doria Ragland. A millennium of world-shifting encounters—of violence and of romance …

Women of Color

The 9 Best Train Rides in Northern California

Northern California is a railroad buff’s paradise, as there are many steam and diesel locomotives still in operation today. Your choices range from …

Northern California

6 Summer Travel Bags to Save You Time and Frustration

With summer oh so beautifully on the horizon, it’s time to get serious about your warm weather travel plans. Maybe you’re heading up the coast to …

Jackets

Does CBD Really Work For Anxiety?

Anxiety affects almost all of us in small ways. Before giving a speech or doing something new, we might feel unsure, unprepared or nervous. Some of …

My mother deserved more from me, too

If my mother were alive today, I would say to her: "Mom, I have not appreciated you enough for much of my life.<p>"I did not recognize you enough for …

Use These Search Tricks to Take Control of Your Gmail Inbox

Gmail is one those things that I could never live without, but that’s also made my life a lot more annoying. I gave up on inbox zero years ago (I’d …

Productivity

How to Clean Up Your Overwhelmed Gmail Inbox (by Hand)

There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organizing my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not …

Ask for Cash When You're Bumped From a Flight

Not content with the current misery level associated with flying, airlines are overbooking more flights than ever, and bumping customers to later …

Watch mama duck's reaction as firefighters try to rescue her babies from storm drain

Remember, your mother loves you this much, too.<p>Cameras were rolling in Gilbert, Ariz., as firefighters there responded to a family emergency.<p>They …

America's most dangerous volcanoes are on the West Coast

Here are the 10 most dangerous volcanic mountains in the U.S., according to the U.S. Geological Survey:<p>1. Kilauea, Hawaii<p>2. Mount St. Helens, …

Hawaii volcano raises concerns of eruptions along West Coast

The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast that are also part of …

Madonna Reigns at the Met Gala with a Surprise Performance

Madonna was the only one who could do this year’s Met Gala exhibit, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” justice—and she delivered with a surprise performance that was nothing short of divine. Never one to shy away from a religious reference, the material girl wowed earlier in …

LITERATURE - Virginia Woolf

96-Year-Old Secretary Quietly Amasses Fortune, Then Donates $8.2 Million

Even by the dizzying standards of New York City philanthropy, a recent $6.24 million donation to the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side was a whopper — the largest single gift from an individual to the social service group in its 125-year history.<p>It was not donated by some billionaire …

Great Depression

U.S. Embassy road signs go up in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Embassy road signs went up in Jerusalem on Monday before next week's opening of the mission in accordance with President Donald Trump's recognition of the city as Israel's capital.<p>Trump says he is making good on U.S. legislation and presidential pledges dating back …

Israel

See 30 Amazing Places in North America

From stunning natural vistas to grand urban landscapes, from Canada to the Caribbean, these breathtaking photos transport you across the continent.<p>Home to nearly 600 million people, North America's immensity is matched only by its diversity. Simmering volcanoes, dazzling architecture, open …

National Parks

Meet The World's Fastest Backwards Runner

His backwards mile is way faster than your forward-facing one.<p>Aaron Yoder is one fast dude. Or maybe that’s <i>edud tsaf eno</i> to him.<p>You see, Yoder is the world’s fastest backwards runner, holding the record for the fastest backward mile, which he ran in an absolutely insane time of 5 minutes and 54 …

This Chic Camper Will Make You Want to Be an Airstream Dweller

Craving more adventure, a couple decide to make a radical life change by becoming full-time Airstream residents and renovators.<p>Years ago, in what seems like an alternate reality, Kate Oliver and Ellen Prasse were living in a typical house and working typical jobs. They had been best friends in …

Airstream

15 Patents That Changed the World

The drone. The iPhone. Bluetooth. GPS. Before they changed the world, these technologies were schematics on paper. Here is where the future began.<p>Forget the image of the lonely inventor tinkering away in a workshop. Today, it's more common that numerous technologies developed by a variety of …

This is why successful people are unhappy in middle age — and what to do about it

Writing a book about age and happiness brought many surprises, but none surpasses this: High-achieving professionals seem especially vulnerable to …

Happiness