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The High-Low T-Shirt: How to hide your panty line..

The High-Low T-shirt is the perfect item to hide your panty line. Let's face it, girls, sometimes depending on the mood and “time of the month,” we …

Sewing

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity and Build Strong Character in Your Children, According to a Top Psychologist

Conformity is dangerous. Here's how to teach children to think for themselves.<p>Whether it's doing things because "they've always been done that way" or because "everyone else is doing it," conformity can be very dangerous.<p>My wife and I work hard to instill the right values in our two small children. …

Famifi

The Advantages Of Learning To Play Alone

Does your child say they are bored when they are left alone to play? Certainly, kids need to learn to play with other kids to learn social skills, sharing, and the pleasure of being with other children. But there are huge gains for a child learning to be happy by entertaining themselves such as …

Pencils Ready? Your Syllabus to 7 Great Campus Novels

The campus novel is a perennial favorite among authors. The tone — typically arch, erudite, self-consciously self-possessed — can swing from humor to horror, but whatever the approach the academic milieu provides great fodder for highlighting human foible precisely because it’s thought to be an …

Books

6 Short Story Books to Read This Summer

Remember View-Masters? A once-popular line of stereoscopes, still around today, that came with a thin cardboard disk containing seven photos on film that circulated through a reel. Each time you pressed the button you were shown a new photograph, a new setting, a new story. That’s what short story …

Books

How to stop being annoyed by life

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you get easily annoyed? At times, does that emotion quickly escalate to anger? You are not alone.<p>You shouldn't live with it, though.<p>Beyond improvements to your general mood and happiness, taming your anger can have important benefits to your health. Constant stress and aggravation is …

Mindfulness

How I Officially Turned My Side Business Into My Full-Time Job

Before I became an “official” entrepreneur, I was just an entrepreneur at heart, working one of those 9-to-5 marketing jobs. However, I had dreams …

Entrepreneurship

How close we are to slavery: America’s horrible legacy still deeply runs through the nation’s veins

For Lula Williams, America’s worst period isn’t ancient history — her grandmother was a slave<p>As a child growing up in South Carolina, I was keenly aware of how close I was to the history of slavery. It was all around me — in the fact of my ancestors owning slaves and fighting for the Confederacy, …

An Army Buddy's Call For Help Sends A Scientist On A Brain Injury Quest

<i>Editor's note: This longform journalism project chronicles a soldier-scientist's quest to figure out how battlefield explosions injure brains. It was first published on Shots in June, and is running on NPR's Morning Edition on July 25 and Aug. 1. The project includes a second story on how the U.S.</i> …

The Brain

The Wall Street Golden Boy Who Allegedly Fleeced His Friends and Family

Groomed at Groton, Princeton, and Harvard Law, financial expert Andrew Caspersen had the trust of everyone around him. So why, as prosecutors allege, would he start a fraudulent investment that targeted his Wall Street buddies and even his own mother? William D. Cohan delves into the case and the …

We’ve been expecting you, Ms Bond: why fiction needs more female spies

It is a playful and memorable image: a charismatic actor, Gillian Anderson, splashed above the iconic logo of 007. But I was surprised by how many voices – male and female – were raised against the idea behind it when the picture was shared on social media last month. Why should there be such …

Books

How a dad shapes his daughter’s lifelong relationship with love

“Do you think Dad is having an affair?” I asked my mother one day, after he’d spent another late evening at work with an attractive co-worker.<p>I was maybe 14 or 15 at the time — an age when kids are well aware of their parents’ shortcomings.<p>“Of course not,” she said. “You know your father; he likes …

Relationships

The Return of Whooping Cough: What Parents Should Know

Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN<p>Was this helpful?<p><b>Questions This Article Answers</b>:<p><i>Is there a vaccine for pertussis, or whooping cough?</i>• <i><br>How dangerous is whooping</i> …

The Most Important Dividend Stock Chart You'll Ever See

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Pour one out for dividend growth. It had a great run.<p>If you haven't noticed, many dividend growth stocks are growing their dividends only superficially. Some so-called dividend aristocrats, a group that includes companies that have increased their distributions for 25 …

Investing

More than 600 American authors are trying to stop Trump

Donald Trump might have captured the imaginations of millions of Americans, but it turns out that authors are a tougher sell for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.<p>More than 600 American writers, including Stephen King, Junot Diaz, Cheryl Strayed and Dave Eggers, have signed an "open …

Donald Trump

17 Tricks to Using Your iPhone Like a Boss

These tips are game-changers.<p>Sure, there's plenty your trusty iPhone can already do. It can help you find your way home, settle bar debates and, heck, even make the odd phone call or two. In a pinch you could probably serve small canapés off it. But this pocketable box of wonder isn't just a pretty …

Communication Skills

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

<i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true. About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the …

You've never seen a kitchen island sink like this

Everyone wants more room in the kitchen, and it turns out that plunking your sink in the middle of the kitchen island is a big waste of space.<p>It was a realization that dawned on kitchen designer Matthew Quinn 12 years ago while working with a 6-foot-wide island.<p>"As soon as we put the sink in the …

Kitchens

Learn to Read Any Sewing Pattern!

Ready to expand your sewing potential and try sewing a garment? Start by decoding all those numbers and notches on your pattern pieces.

Clothing

15 Fall Table Decorating Ideas for a Festive Dinner

All that's missing is your favorite food. Pass the mashed potatoes, please.<p>A stunning autumn tablescape can come together so easily — just steal these themes and expert tips for creating memorable fall table decorations that guests will love. Plus, check out our 25 favorite fall centerpiece ideas.

5 Lessons Learned from Switching to a Vegetarian Diet

How do you spend 22 years of your life eating and craving meat, and then one day you stop doing just that. What has to happen in your life for such a <i>dramatic</i> change of events? Is it because you just want a change in your life? You could be doing it purely for health reasons, or perhaps you've …

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How the CIA ran a ‘billion dollar spy’ in Moscow

The spy had vanished.<p>He was the most successful and valued agent the United States had run inside the Soviet Union in two decades. His documents and drawings had unlocked the secrets of Soviet radars and weapons research years into the future. He had smuggled circuit boards and blueprints out of …

National Security

Creative writing lessons from Patricia Highsmith

Earlier this month, Reading group contributor Mmeritt1 recommended Patricia Highsmith’s book Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. It is “edifying and inspirational”, s/he wrote. And s/he is absolutely right.<p>The book is as unusual as you might expect and hope for from Patricia Highsmith. An …

Creative Writing

Five new albums to try this week: Alabama Shakes, Jlin and more

Tyler, the Creator – Cherry Bomb (Odd Future)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: Unexpected chillwave production flourishes, discordant piano lines and the odd instrumental interlude take centre-stage over Tyler’s potty-mouthed raps, on this surprise-released fourth album.<p><b>It might not be for you if</b>… You think …

Mad Men Style: The Best of the 1960s from House Beautiful

A look back at the designs of the '60s and why we still love watching them on TV.<p>While Betty Draper was busy being a house wife in her Ossining, NY, home, <i>House Beautiful</i> was featuring cutting-edge home designs to make any 1960s woman swoon. Here, we take a look back at past designs and remind …

36 Simple Ways To Quiet Your Anxiety

These ideas might help you find some peace the next time your mind and heart start racing.<p>Also see what commenters had to say on these two Facebook posts: here and here.<p>For more information about anxiety and depression, including how to find help, visit the websites for the American Psychological …

Doodling