Alex R. Ortolano

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How to Get Started With Sous Vide Cooking

Let's say that you were a good little boy or girl this past year (or maybe you're just really good at faking it) and somebody slipped a brand-new sous vide cooker into your stocking. Problem is, you've never cooked sous vide before, and it's unlike any kind of cooking you've done in the past. Where …

Improve Your Mind, Body And Heart In 25 Minutes Or Less

There’s always time to incorporate these healthful habits.<p>The holidays are here and we’re all wondering the same thing: Where do we find the time to take care of ourselves? The truth is, there's never enough time to do everything, but there's always enough time to do the most important things. Here …

Joe’s Special Recipe - Chowhound

Tip<p>How to Pick Ground Beef<p>The possibilities with ground beef are seemingly endless, though you’ll probably want to pay the most attention to cost and …

Breakfast

The Best Stoic Reading List: Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus and More

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”<p>— Marcus Aurelius<p>You know the section of the book after the last …

12 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Everyone Should Be Eating (and Drinking!)

Try these natural ways to combat inflammation.<p>Most of us have searched for the 'diet' that will help us age with grace, prevent disease, lose weight, and optimize our overall health and wellness. But there could be a hidden problem that we are not addressing. A problem that could be causing …

Alternative Medicine

I Drank This Much Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day And Lost Weight Fast

There’s a crybaby in your gut. It’s called ghrelin, otherwise known as the “I’m hungry” hormone. When your stomach is empty — or thinks it is — it …

Nutrition

600 years of war and peace, in one amazing chart

You would not know it from the headlines, but today we're living through one of the most peaceful times in human history. This great chart from Oxford's Max Roser — which shows the global death rate from war over the past 600-plus years — shows just how lucky we are.<p>The red line in Roser's chart …

What runners think about: How much running sucks

(NEWSER) – Non-runners may look at a runner off in the distance and feel a twinge of envy, because surely that person is in some kind of Zen-like zone, ruminating about life's mysteries. A first-of-its kind study that had runners record their thoughts on the go clears that up: Some samples of the …

Marathons

21 rare and weird facts about World War II

An iPhone app changed my outlook on life for the better

I've never personally struggled with depression. Like most Americans, I've known people who struggle with it, including close friends and family members.<p>The World Health Organization actually predicts that by 2030, depression will affect more people in the world than any other disease. That's just …

4 Secrets for a Happy Marriage

Being married in the modern world can be difficult and confusing. What are the rules for a happy marriage? It doesn’t seem like there are any easy …

The Schmitter

Make the Schmitter sauce: Whisk together the mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, and Worcestershire in a small bowl. Set aside.<p>Heat butter in a 10″ skillet …

Food

10 Bizarre Stories Of Nazi Archaeology

The National Socialists were obsessed with their bizarre racial theories and desperate to subvert the science of archaeology to support the notion of …

History

Get Better Sleep: 5 Powerful New Tips From Research

Ever have trouble getting to sleep? Or staying asleep? Or you get plenty of shut-eye but you’re not refreshed? Everyone wants to get better sleep. …

Before You Bust Out The Anxiety Meds, Try This

In the United States, medication is widely considered the first line of defense against every kind of ailment. As a result, we’re getting addicted to …

Self-Reflection

The Fallen of World War II

This Animated Data Visualization Of World War II Fatalities Is Shocking

It’s difficult to conceptualize excessively large numbers, particularly when they pertain to human tragedies. But this highly-engaging animated data …

Data Visualization

100 Wise Words For Everyone. Number 27 Is Gold.

Walker Lamond is the author of Rules for My Unborn Son, in which he brings us this collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice …

A Single Guy Quit His Job And Spent A Year Interviewing Couples In Love - This Is The Best Relationship Advice He Learned

Nate Bagley says he was sick of hearing love stories that fell into one of two categories - scandal and divorce, and unrealistic fairytale.<p>So he …

Relationships

David Whyte on the True Meaning of Friendship, Love, and Heartbreak

“Heartbreak is how we mature… There is almost no path a human being can follow that does not lead to heartbreak.”<p><i>“Words belong to each other,”</i> Virginia Woolf asserted in the only surviving recording of her voice. But words also belong to us, as much as we belong to them — and out of that mutual …

Relationships

Forgiving My Nazi Father: A Horrific Past Made Present

In the documentary A Nazi Legacy, two men deal with their father’s Nazi pasts—with one not willing to accept his father did anything …

Human Rights

12 Dozen Places To Educate Yourself Online For Free

All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

Can't Kick a Bad Habit? You're Doing It Wrong | Inc.com

I had just finished giving a speech on building habits when a woman in the audience exclaimed, "You teach how to create habits, but that's not my problem. I'm fat!" The frustration in her voice echoed throughout the room. "My problem is stopping bad habits. That's why I'm fat. Where does that leave …

Self-improvement

Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”<p>In his early thirties, <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …

Jack Kerouac on Kindness, the Self Illusion, and the “Golden Eternity”

In the mid-1950s, literary iconoclast and beat icon <b>Jack Kerouac</b> (March 12, 1922–October 21, 1969) became intensely interested in Buddhism, which began permeating his writing. It was the golden age of Eastern ideas drawing Western minds, from legendary composer John Cage to pioneering philosopher …

“Resonate”: Bringing it All Together

This is the final post in a series of posts on Resonate by Nancy Duarte. Previous posts include …<p>Well, obviously, I love the book. I knew it was …

Benjamin Franklin on True Happiness

The secret of happiness has been sought in cultivating optimism, in celebrating everyday moments, in finding one’s creative purpose, and in embracing uncertainty, but it remains forever elusive and forever alluring.<p>Writing in a 1785 essay titled <b>“On True Happiness,”</b> originally printed in the</i> …