Tracy Narvaez-Jensen

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16 Three-Ingredient Party Appetizers for the *Lazy* Hostess

Whether you’re planning a TV viewing party, bridal shower or game day gathering, does this ever happen to you? You start out all ambitious, with a grocery list for some outrageous guacamole and crazy-impressive appetizers, but before you can get to a store, inertia sets in. Why does hostessing have …

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There’s A Reason This Easy Cheesecake Recipe Is Going Viral

Game. Changer.<p>Cheesecake, in its most traditional form, can be quite the labor of love. Not only is it time consuming and fragile (there’s a very real crack risk), the recipes themselves can be extremely complicated.<p>This, friends, is not one of those recipes.<p>A Japanese cheesecake recipe, shared by …

9 Breakfast Hacks That Will Speed Up Your Morning Routine

If you’re prone to hitting the snooze button one too many times in the morning, one of the last things on your mind when you roll out of bed is …

Robin Williams' Widow Wrote a Devastating Piece About Her Husband's Mental Disease

It's been two years since his passing.<p>In 2014, Robin Williams took his own life at the age of 63. It wasn't until an autopsy was performed that his family learned he had a neurological ailment called Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a disease similar to Alzheimer's. LBD attacked parts of his brain, making …

The End of the World Never Was So Fun: Three Worthy New Science Fiction Books

35 Books Time Magazine Suggests To Open Your Mind

<b>35. 1984, George Orwell</b><p><b>34. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes</b><p><b>33. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley</b><p><b>Douglas Adams</b><p><b>Kurt Vonnegut</b><p><b>Joseph Heller</b><p><b>29. Do Androids</b> …

11 Personal Finance Books to Read this Summer

One of my favorite things about the summer is sitting by the pool or relaxing on a beach with a really good read. But, if you’re like me, you also …

The 7 Critical Elements Of A Great Book

I used to do manuscript appraisals when I taught creative writing full time. I would never have been able to do it without teaching, though, because …

7 Freaking Good Books That I Just Need Everyone To Read, Okay

I tried to think of an appealing common theme as an excuse to recommend all of these books but I failed. I just need you to read them because they’re …

Six science fiction novels you should be reading

There’s no better place to catch up with the best in recent science fiction than the shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Selected from more …

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Money Actually Did Buy Me Happiness

Dreams don't pay the bills.<p>One of the most important decisions people face is what they’ll spend the vast majority of their 9-to-5 time doing. …

New adventures: what to read in science fiction and fantasy this month

Dinosaurs, Deep Space Opera, and a bespectacled wizard boy<p><i>Every month, a trove of undiscovered worlds arrive in bookstores, waiting for explorers. New adventures is a new weekend series that will preview the month ahead in science fiction and fantasy novels.</i><p>This month, we’ve got books from places …

This Infographic Lists 128 Words You Can Use Instead of “Very”

Our English teachers told us to avoid the word “very” because it’s weak and vague. They were right, and many times, we use “very” as a modifier for a …

Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

In honor of summer and our hope for some leisurely reads, we've been talking to booksellers across the country — and they have a lot of suggestions.<p>So imagine your favorite summer reading spot, and get ready to "Pack These Pages." Our first guide is Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in …

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The Long-Term Relationship Survival Tip Guide

This August, my husband and I will be celebrating 35 years of marriage. Yes, we even did it all wrong. I was truly a child bride.<p><i>Our engagement picture; I was 18.</i><p>What is real is that we are "happily enough" married. Still. The truth is, that we have all kinds of shit going down around us all the …

Improve Your Résumé by Turning Bullet Points into Stories

You’re searching for a new job. Updating your LinkedIn profile and résumé. Describing your accomplishments in two- to three-line bullet points that start with powerful action verbs and end with quantifiable results.<p>You know the standard advice. But for the most part, recruiters aren’t calling. And …

10 Powerful Mantras to Stop You from Judging People

<i>When we are judging everyone and everything, we are learning nothing.</i>One of the most incredible changes I’ve made in my life, which has undoubtedly …

The Thing No One Tells You About Relationships

The other day one of my friends asked me why I never write or talk about my marriage publicly.<p>The answer was easy... Because it's SO private!<p>As a coach and teacher, I make a daily to choice to be vulnerable and share a lot of my personal life. But, I've always believed that my husband was an …

Don't Love Your Job But Can't Quit? 6 Ways to Rethink Your Role

You can find happiness at work without starting over<p>It's not hard to find someone telling you that you should quit your job. A quick Google search on finding job satisfaction produces millions of articles and bits of advice on starting a business, tapping into your creativity, challenging yourself, …

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

10 Words Smart People Always Use (and 7 They Never Do)

How many of the smart words do you use? And if none, here's why you should.<p>The rights words can motivate, inspire, and even change lives. The right words can turn an otherwise meaningless conversation into an unforgettable moment for your audience.<p>(And the wrong words can make you look dumb.)<p>In …

10 Books Our Editors Won’t Shut Up About

Because we’re all book nerds at heart<p>Though we're all pretty much self-proclaimed book nerds around these parts, sitting down to read a novel after spending ten or twelve hours editing and writing articles isn't always our go-to. After all, there's only so much our eyeballs can take before they …

A simple technique called 'anxiety appraisal' can turn nervousness into success

<i>I just can't wait to learn how I will fail to live up to my own expectations.</i><p><i>I lie awake, tight-chested, at 3 a.m., just really looking forward to what fresh hell that meeting will be about.</i><p>Don't mind me, I'm just trying out a cognitive trick that's supposed to help with anxiety.<p>It's called …

The 15 best poetry books of all time

Donald Trump has the grammar of a fifth grader, study says

Donald Trump might have trouble if he ever appears on "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"<p>An analysis of the speeches of Republican presidential …

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MySleepButton Lulls You to Sleep Using Cognitive Science

Android/iOS: If you struggle to fall asleep sometimes, check out this app. MySleepButton helps knock you out by making you imagine random</i> …

10 books that will change the way you live your life

Whether the focus is getting out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off, getting a creative project off the ground, kicking procrastination forever, or figuring out — hallelujah! — what to do for a career, we're all works in progress.<p>But finding the path that'll get us there is a torturous, tender, …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …