Valerie Hancock

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What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

The 5 Things That Surprised Me Most About Having a Baby

One mom shares the most shocking aspects of motherhood.<p>After reading all the books and endlessly picking my mama friends’ brains, I thought I knew exactly what to expect when I was expecting. Turns out, I was still in for a few jaw-droppers.<p><b>1. I’m No Longer Squeamish About Bodily Functions</b>Two years …

Apple Watch Edition Will Save On Gold With Patented Alloy, Could Start At $2,999

When Tim Cook hits the stage Monday to reveal availability and pricing information about Apple Watch, the biggest question he will answer will be about the price of the high-end Edition line. Rumors have pegged that price to range between $5,000 and $20,000. Not a lot, perhaps, compared to a gold …

Apple Watch

50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday Marked in Selma

Virginia Woolf on the Paradox of the Soul and the Consolations of Aging

“One can’t write directly about the soul. Looked at, it vanishes.”<p>Although <b>Virginia Woolf</b> (January 25, 1882–March 28, 1941) kept some sporadic early diaries, she didn’t begin serious journaling until 1915, when she was 33. From that point on, until her final entry penned four days before her death …

Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

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10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

GIF: gif.flrn.nl<p>Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij.<p>More from him: portfolio, and GIF …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …