Sherry Erickson

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See 30 of the Best Photos Short-Listed in the Sony World Photography Awards

Nominated in the Arts and Culture category. Adrian Jaszczak's work on an artistic gymnastics tournament in Poland.<br>Adrian Jaszczak—2015 Sony World …

Your Willpower Won’t Help You Lose Weight, You Need To Change Your Environment

Trick yourself into weight loss by putting fruit and vegetables front and center in the kitchen.<p>January is the month of good intentions. We start the year trying to lose weight, eat more healthily, and go to the gym more regularly. Many of us finish it by following familiar habits: too much beer …

Will Power

Online reputation is more valuable than money or power

The author of The Reputation Economy believes online reputation is now so important that we risk becoming persona non grata if we ignore it. Here he explains how to transform yourself into search-engine gold<p>My Google search for “Michael Fertik” returns a page of uncommon order and serenity, like …

Google Search

Facebook Learns People Hate Clickbait; You Won't Believe What Happened Next

Three months after Facebook product head Mike Hudack’s infamous rage against the media landscape his company helped create, the world’s largest social network is taking a stand against “clickbait”—stories with misleading, incomplete or sensational headlines that don’t stand up to the actual content.<p>…

Why We Need Messaging Apps

<i>This is the second part of ReadWrite’s four-part series on the future of messaging.</i><p>The central paradox of the social age is this: We share at once too much and too little.<p>We share too much, because it’s impossible to do more than dip into the endless stream of updates from your friends, family, …

How California’s Smartphone Kill Switch Law Could Affect Everyone

After months of campaigning for smartphone anti-theft legislation, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon got what he wanted Monday: Governor Jerry Brown signed Bill SB 962 into California law, making “kill switches” mandatory on all new smartphones.<p>Starting next summer, all phones sold in …

Our Growing Obsession With Screens Is Killing Our Brains

Paperback readers, rejoice! It turns out reading books on e-readers doesn’t give your brain the same experience as those paper books gathering dust on your bookshelf.<p>A new study by European researchers found that recollection of plot points and story lines were “significantly” worse for readers who …

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

How to Grow Echeveria - a guide to the most gorgeous Echeveria ever

Slender, Chubby, Sleek, Carunculated, Fuzzy and Tough<p>I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising …

Plants

Sedum, the versatile and reliable Stonecrop

The Hardy and Versatile Stonecrop<p>I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to …

Vegetative Propagation - make more plants with cuttings

How to Make More Plants from Cuttings<p>I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to …

Winterizing Succulents E-Course - successful succulent plant survival

Learn all about how to bring your plants in for the winter, and have them survive and thrive<p>I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates …

Portulaca - the Moss Rose, Sunrose or Purslane

<b>Fleshy leaves, long woody stems</b> <br>Hello, I'd be grateful if you could help me identify this plant which I photographed hanging down from a balcony in …

Succulent Identification Chart - find your unknown plant here

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9 Succulent Problems - the Horticulturist answers

Succulent Plants Cultivation and Care<p>Succulent plants can have many issues, some of them are environmentally caused or from an imbalance of …

How to Prune Succulents - learn from a professional horticulturist

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How to care for succulents

<i>The plant-astic gardening phenomenon</i><p>By <b>Natalie Serafini</b>, Assistant Editor<p>When it comes to gardening, I have more of a thumb-of-death than a green …

Home and Garden DIY Ideas, Photos and Answers

Animal Madness: How Deciphering Mental Illness in Our Fellow Beings Helps Us Become Better Versions of Ourselves

One of the two dogs in my life has a decided fear of the dark and a paralyzing phobia of storms — quite literally: he goes catatonic, except for his uncontrollable trembling, his eyes the wide-gaping opening to a bottomless well of terror. My other canine companion is the most angelic yet most …

Scrivener 2: A whole lot more than Microsoft Word [Deals]

Writing a novel, research paper, script or any long-form text involves more than hammering away at the keys. There’s research to collect, fragmented ideas to group, and index cards to shuffle around until you lock down that elusive structure – needless to say most writing software is fired up only …

Scrivener

The Art of Practical Wisdom

<i>“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being,”</i> Isaac Asimov told Bill Moyers in their magnificent 1988 conversation on science and religion. And yet ours is a culture that frequently turns to rigid external rules — be they of religion or …

Trying Not to Try: How to Cultivate the Paradoxical Art of Spontaneity Through the Chinese Concept of Wu-Wei

<i>“The best way to get approval is not to need it,”</i> Hugh MacLeod memorably counseled. We now know that perfectionism kills creativity and excessive goal-setting limits our success rather than begetting it — all different manifestations of the same deeper paradox of the human condition, at once …

Three Delightful Poems About Dogs from E.B. White

Perhaps due to the occupation’s necessary solitude and the dearth of distracting human company it inherently requires, writers and their pets have always had a special bond. Chief among them was <b>E. B. White</b> — extraordinary essayist and satirist, celebrator of New York, champion of integrity, …

Drawing Autism: A Visual Tour of the Autistic Mind from Kids and Celebrated Artists on the Spectrum

Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time. But one significant change that has taken place over the past few years has been a shift from perceiving the autistic mind not as disabled but as differently abled — and often impressive in its …

The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds

<i>“Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind,”</i> I wrote in reflecting on the 7 most important things I learned in 7 years of <i>Brain Pickings</i>. It’s a conundrum most of us grapple with — on the one hand, the awareness that personal growth means transcending our smaller selves as we …

Eve Ensler on How Trauma Makes Us Leave Our Bodies and Disconnect from Ourselves

At a recent event from the excellent Books at Noon series at The New York Public Library, I had the pleasure of seeing <b>Eve Ensler</b> — activist, playwright, author of the paradigm-shifting 1998 cultural classic <i>The Vagina Monologues</i>, and founder of the magnificent V-Day movement — discuss her harrowing, …

Seth Godin on Vulnerability, Creative Courage, and How to Dance with the Fear: A Children’s Book for Grownups

At the 2014 HOW conference, Debbie Millman, host of the excellent interview show <i>Design Matters</i> and a remarkable mind, sat down with the prolific Seth Godin to discuss courage, anxiety, change, creative integrity, and why he got thrown out of Milton Glaser’s class. She used an unusual book of …

Bob Dylan on Sacrifice, the Unconscious Mind, and How to Cultivate the Perfect Environment for Creative Work

Van Morrison once characterized <b>Bob Dylan</b> (b. May 24, 1941) as the greatest living poet. And since poetry, per Muriel Rukeyser’s beautiful definition, is an art that relies on the “moving relation between individual consciousness and the world,” to glimpse Dylan’s poetic prowess is to grasp at once …