Robbie Latta

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What would you pay to be happy?

The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in front of his hermitage in Nepal. He watches hundreds of miles of Himalayan peaks glowing in front of him in the rising sun. The scene “blends naturally and seamlessly with …

Happiness

Erase Your Fear

Richard Bjork returned home to Illinois after two terms of duty in Vietnam more than 40 years ago, but he still sees the bodies. He remembers how …

The cult of healthy eating has more in common with religion than science

Food seems simple to study.<p>If we can put a man on the moon, transplant a heart, and manipulate DNA, then surely we can unpack the relationship between eating vegetables and living longer. There’s no obvious difficulty in figuring out if wine decreases risk of heart disease, or if eating red meat …

Holistic Medicine

The 3 tips that will save your bike’s life

by <b>Brian Barth</b><p><i>This piece was originally published on</i> <i>Urbanful.org</i><i>.</i><p>For many, spring is the start of cycling season. For others, the budding of cherry …

What to Do With a Dying Neighborhood

Covington, Georgia, decided not to let a half-completed development sit empty. But the city's solution has been both praised and vilified by observers.<p>COVINGTON, Ga.—There are hundreds of stories of failed subdivisions left empty by the housing bust, where homeowners are stuck staring into vacant …

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor.<p>NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend …

The Complications of Our Deteriorating Inner Ring Suburbs

By Daniel J. McGraw<p>When controversy erupted in August over the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, race was at the …

Urban Design

A way to renew America

<b>(CNN) —</b> Duty. Honor. Country. These words were chiseled in granite above me, printed on the diploma in my hands and engraved on my class ring. I had just completed a four year regimen that had been honed over 174 years to be difficult.<p>The year was 1976. I had just graduated from West Point. In …

High School

America's Largest Ski Resort: A Paradigm Shift Coming to Utah

Every year ski resorts announce expansions and improvements, but this is literally the biggest thing to happen to ski travel in years.<p><b>UPDATE:</b> <i>When this article was originally written in Dec. 2014, as noted below, approvals were pending for the planned expansion. All that has been completed, gondola,</i> …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

West Africa

What I Wish People Knew about Depression

Someone recently asked me to write on what I wish people knew about depression, in light of Robin William’s suicide. Here’s my response.<p>I wish people …

Best Secret Ski Towns of North America

Most people haven’t heard of these towns, which is just fine with the skiers and boarders that live and play there. These are the places without gloss, the unknown gems, where the locals are friendly and shops are locally owned. Some have terrain for everyone, while many are for experts with …

Skiing

America's Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

For more than 30 years, the A-10 Thunderbolt II—better known as the Warthog because it's so ugly—has performed a crucial role: attacking hostile …

Get Out More Tour 2015

0<p>SHARES<p><b>Join Backpacker’s all star team Becky and Keith Unruh</b> for an engaging 75-minute seminar full of trail tested tips, regional trip advice and …

Outdoors

The Rules of Flirting On a Plane

Look, it happens. Sometimes you end up sitting next to someone who's not only age-appropriate and single, but attractive. The situation being what it is, the captivity of the plane can either be the best or worst place to make your move.<p>Not surprisingly, I am usually on the other end of the …

Rich countries subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by $88bn a year

Rich countries are subsidising oil, gas and coal companies by about $88bn (£55.4bn) a year to explore for new reserves, despite evidence that most fossil fuels must be left in the ground if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.<p>The most detailed breakdown yet of global fossil fuel …

Travel Well for Less: How to Save on Accommodations

Ever wonder why someone else always seems to get a better deal for their hotel or travel accommodation than you do? Well, there are lots of ways to score discounted (or even free) accommodations these days. We've done it ourselves in both our personal travel and for our work for International …

5 Great Online Tools for Creating Infographics

Professional infographic designers rely primarily on a core vector graphics software program to create their infographics designs. The main advantage is that all the icons, charts, images, illustrations, and data visualizations are treated as separate objects that can be easily moved, resized, …

Why 'Follow Your Passion' Is Bizarre Advice

<b>Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.</b><p>A couple years ago, I launched a simple experiment. I identified a large group of people, from a variety of different professional fields, who all self-reported to love what they do for a living. I then gave them a straightforward prompt: …

You Only Live Once, Do It Warren Buffett’s Way

"You’d get very rich if you thought of yourself as having a card with only twenty punches in a lifetime, and every financial decision used up one …

What a Train Trip From L.A. to S.F. Can Teach Us About California's High-Speed Rail Future

The state is as likely a place as any to see the future of rail unfold.<p><b>I - TRAVEL TOWN</b><p>When people think of California, people think of cars. But hey now: <i>trains</i> built California. Trains made it possible to reach the Pacific Ocean from the east without cheating death aboard a wagon through the …

How to Cook Tilapia in the Oven

Tilapia is a light, white fish that absorbs flavor very well. It cooks quickly and is relatively easy to prepare. You can prepare tilapia in the oven …

Seafood

Superego

"You really do need a system" —Leonard Shelby, <i>Memento</i><br>Until a few months ago, a lot of my evenings went like this: after everyone else went to sleep, …