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Daily Meditation: Free From Anxiety

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a passage from the Bible, New International Version. Philippians 4:6-7 …

Predictions for the Year 2514: Dystopia That Feels Like Utopia

Humanists typically look toward the future with extreme pessimism, assuming conditions of technological oppressiveness: Surveillance is rampant, the human being has been shorn of dignity, the state is overpowering, and individuality is a lost cause before the powerful onslaught of the collective. …

Singularity

10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of …

World History

Outrageous Entries From The Beard & Moustache Championships

These days, beards are the international symbol of the hipster.<p>Growing in their kilometres, these wiry rugs of goodness hang off men (and some …

Be Happy, Do This: Hand-Written Tips From Malcolm Gladwell, Roman Mars, And More

Design student Graham McMullin is asking one person a day to document what makes him or her happy, then testing those suggestions himself.<p>How do you exercise your inalienable right to pursue happiness? Graham McMullin, a student at School of Visual Arts in New York City, decided to take an …

Happiness

Under the Radar Boys' Names: Beyond the Top 1000 Baby Names

The top 1000 baby names is always intriguing. But what's even more interesting is seeing what's below that level—the names that only 5 or 25 people picked for their kids. While there's always an array of creative spellings, possible mistakes (did 6 people really name their boys Adeline?) and …

Top 10 Silly but Awesome Products That Make Life Easier

There are a lot of gadgets and gizmos out there that make your life easier . Some, however, are a little sillier than others—so much that they seem …

Want more bang for your Starbucks? We tested 8 money-saving hacks

Even if you're a die-hard penny pincher, your daily Starbucks routine may be a habit you're just not willing to kick. Fortunately, there's no shortage of Starbucks addicts online, sharing tips for how to shave cents or even dollars off each cup. We tested eight of the hacks they brag about the …

Coffee

What a creative writing course taught me

Three acclaimed novelists describe their personal experiences of writing workshops<p>SJ Watson<p>I spent six months of 2009 on the Faber Academy's inaugural Writing a Novel course. During that time I wrote a novel that became <i>Before I Go to Sleep</i>. Now, almost four years later, that book is an …

Creative writing in the classroom: five top tips for teachers

English teacher, Alan Gillespie, shares his advice and resources on how to teach creative writing<p><b>1. The rules of writing</b><p>I always tell students that there are no set rules for writing and they can write whatever they like. I don't subscribe to the notion that all good stories must have, for example, …

Hands: A Creative Writing Exercise

• Share<br>• Flip<br>• Pin<br>• Share<br>• Email<p>Updated December 31, 2017<p>When I've used this creative writing exercise in a class, it's consistently resulted in the most …

The Art of “Creative Sleep”: Stephen King on Writing and Wakeful Dreaming

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> a wise woman once said. Indeed, we already know that dreaming regulates our negative emotions and “positive constructive daydreaming” enhances our creativity, while a misaligned sleep cycle is enormously mentally crippling. But can a sleep-like state in …

How to Use Freewriting to Generate Short Story Ideas

• Share<br>• Flip<br>• Pin<br>• Share<br>• Email<p>Updated March 10, 2017<p>Freewriting is one of the best and easiest exercises you can do. It requires a minimum of time and prep …

Creative Writing

The First 3 Steps To Writing Your Life Story

These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up with a book...<p>By Leigh Newman<p><b>1. Your 3-Sentence Life Story</b><p><b>What to write:</b> Try to summarize your life in two or three sentences. Take your time. Think …

7 Essential Steps To Take Before a Job Interview

You want the job, yet there’s a war going on inside your head. There’s one voice that says, “Of course you’ll get it. You’re so qualified, you have a …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

Save Major $$$ Without Even Thinking

Photographed by Rockie Nolan.<p>It is not okay that you (or we — a collective we) do not have an emergency savings fund. And yes, I know what you’re …

Personal Finance

11 Ways to Rev Up Your Metabolism

Sure, your metabolism slows as you get older. But who says you have to take that sitting down? New research shows the best ways to burn more calories—faster!<p>Traditional wisdom holds that a sluggish metabolism is a curse of midlife, like needing reading glasses to use a smartphone or starting to …

Clever Portraits of Famous People Constructed with Corn Flakes

Breakfast time means creative time for New York-based illustrator and photographer Sarah Rosado. Using just some cereal and a few utensils, the artist can transform a spilled box of corn flakes into clever portraits of anyone from Michael Jackson to Amy Winehouse or John Lennon. Rosado says, “I …

Michael Jackson

Super-Easy Father's Day Brunch Recipes

Here, fast and simple dishes to make to celebrate Dad this weekend.<p>1 of 6<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 6<p>3 of 6<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 6<p>Advertisement<p>5 of …

How Google's New Satellite Company Is Going To Change The World

The U.S. company's vision is to "leverage timely satellite data to provide insight into daily global activity."<p>Satellite footage from Skybox Imaging's SkySat-1 micro-satellite shows that the technology is as mesmerizing as the implications are powerful.<p>Digital cartographers are figuring out ways to …

Imaging

Photoshop Wizard Turns His Wildest Dreams Into Crazy Photo Manipulations

Tons of photographers use Photoshop to insert new elements into their photographs, but not all of them can create the crazy and mind-bending images …

Digital Art

Is Your Beard Actually an Evil Squirrel?

<b>Your beard's been accused</b> of ruining the economy, but now it might also be an evil squirrel smothering your sweet, sweet face, at least according to Schick's new print campaign out of New Zealand. The ads show beard-ectomy candidates with whiskers transformed into nasty critters hanging on for dear …

Squirrels

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Best Famous Quotes

Best Famous Quotes. 476,865 likes · 1,714 talking about this. This page show several best quotations and sayings.