Roberta Olson

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Stretching after exercise isn’t actually doing what you think it’s doing

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value—or lack thereof—of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. “Stretching clears out your lactic acid,” and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?<p>Sort of.<p>First, it is important to understand the difference between …

Exercise

Yvon's Paris of the 1920s: A Look Back On the French Capital Nearly 100 Years Ago

Born in Bordeaux, the French photographer Jean Pierre Yves Petit (1886–1969) moved to Paris as a young man; there he parlayed a childhood passion for …

France

Keep It Simple

The human mind has a tendency to make everything it takes up more complicated and elaborate than it needs to be. You may have noticed this. The …

The 12 Best Unknown Landmarks in Paris

From a nightclub set in the middle of a public park to a building as wide as a queen-size mattress, these are the spots in Paris that your guide books don't even know about<p>Paris is so much more than the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. Once you go beyond the obvious, the City of Lights has unknown …

Five Life-Giving Truths About Living Simply And Saving Money

People have set out to more remote places of the world, built homes of their own, and lived off the land. They’ve followed the sun—up at dawn, sleep …

What Hurricane Maria Taught My Family About Life, Money, and Community

In September of 2017, Hurricane María blasted the Caribbean, causing huge amounts of devastation, over 100 deaths, and a massive breakdown of …

Pictures of a Peaceful Paradise Lost: Palestine & Jerusalem in 1919

<i>I</i> prefer this place to be your escape from the constant bombardment of political opinion and bad news, so I will not make comment on the present …

4 ways to rewild your garden

<b>Learn how to transform your yard into a sanctuary for birds, bees, and other little critters.</b><p>Two years ago I bought a house that came with extensive …

Lu Yang on Growing Up and Writing in China

Is <i>“Silver Tiger,” your story in this week’s issue, your first publication in English? Can you tell me about your writing and publishing history in China?</i><p>That’s right. “Silver Tiger” was one of my earliest short stories and is now the first to be translated into English. In the early nineties, I …

California has a recycling crisis. The only way to solve it is to stop making so much trash

Californians use — and then toss — a tremendous amount of paper and plastic packaging material every day: takeout coffee cups and lids, cereal boxes, wine bottles, plastic bags, clamshell food containers, and on and on.<p>It's hard for even the most militant environmentalist to avoid contributing to …

What's driving our need to eliminate the stuff we accumulate?

Decluttering is de rigueur and those with an urge to purge are even hiring experts to help them

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

How to Become a Minimalist With Your Money

Minimalism is a way of living that centers on finding contentment with <i>less</i>. Becoming a minimalist can benefit many aspects of your life, including …

How Your Shopping Habits Directly Impact Endangered Species, in One Overwhelming Chart

A new report published in <i>Nature Ecology & Evolution</i> attempts to map out how consumption of goods in one country threatens species in other countries. …

An Australian Environmentalist’s Next Act: ‘Frugal Hedonism’

DAYLESFORD, Australia — David Holmgren grows almost everything he eats. He doesn’t own a mobile phone or a television, and most of his clothing is secondhand. He never flies, won’t go to a supermarket and can’t remember his credit card PIN.<p>Such is life for one of Australia’s leading …

Permaculture

Less Isn't Always More: Why I Think Minimalism is the Worst

Though I don't have paranormal abilities or a medical degree, I'm fairly sure I know how I'll die: My husband and I will one day be crushed beneath …

Marla Taner – Striving for Happiness After Early Retirement

My good friend Marla Taner joined me on the Financial Independence Podcast to go deep into some early-retirement topics that aren’t often …

Self-improvement

If the Flintstones Vacationed in France: A Guide to the Cave Villages

If a French chateau is a little out of your vacation budget, why not consider a cave house? Unforgettably unique and even more historic, the …

6 DIY Compost Bins that are Borderline Genius

To learn more about sustainable living and how it affects people, IKEA searched for households to take part in an everyday life study. Each household …

'Accidental Americans' living abroad fight tax bill from Uncle Sam

PARIS — Tom Wallis was born here and has spent his entire life in France, but it turns out that the 40-year-old entrepreneur from Grenoble owes tens of thousands of dollars in taxes to the United States.<p>Wallis' mother was French, but he holds U.S. citizenship through his American father. He had …

United States

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't good

All day long, we're inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and "assistants" chime in with their own soulless voices.<p>Such interruptions seem …

Social Media

AT&T, The Internet of Things (IoT), And Sustainable Farming

If you are like me, the first two things in that title go together logically, but the farming connection wasn’t obvious. That is why I decided to look into this story, and I’m glad I had a very informative discussion with John Schulz who is the director of AT&T’s Sustainability Integration effort. …

How long can we treat the suffering of animals as an inconvenient truth? | Michael Brooks

A revolution is coming in our relationship with ‘lower’ creatures, provoked by a greater knowledge of their cognition. Labour’s new plans for animal welfare are just a start<p>Scientific insight is a powerful thing, but will it ever override the human lust for health, prosperity and, saddest of all, …

Animals

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

‘I’m Just More Afraid of Climate Change Than I Am of Prison’

On Oct. 11, 2016, Michael Foster and two companions rose before dawn, left their budget hotel in Grand Forks, N.D., and drove a white rental sedan toward the Canadian border, diligently minding the speed limit. The day was cold and overcast, and Foster, his diminutive frame wrapped in a down …

Crime

How to Develop Story Ideas Into Amazing Stories

I often hear practicing writers ask, “What if I can’t think of anything to write about?” Sometimes they even have notebooks full of observations, but …

For Whom Do You Write?

What makes one piece of writing more successful than another? According to self-professed experts on marketing writing to an expanded readership, the …

Brazilian rock shelter proves humans inhabited Americas 23,000 years ago

The “First Americans” are usually believed to be East Asian migrants that crossed the Bering Straits 15,000 years ago, members of the Clovis Culture …

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …