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The Actor Who Played Davy Crockett Founded the Most Beautiful Country Inn and Winery

When you think of California wine country, Napa and Sonoma probably come to mind. It might surprise you to learn that the state's largest wine region …

4 Ways Traveling the World Makes You a Better Person

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve probably tried a host of self-improvement strategies. Meditating, exercising, journaling… but what about …

Costa Rica

The Person You Need to Make Peace with Before Having a Child

Some solid advice for expectant moms.<p>For many women, pregnancy is a joyous time, filled with preparations, dreams, and excitement. However, in between all of the work women do to create a cozy nursery and ensure their body is as healthy as possible, many ladies neglect to turn inward and reflect on …

Courage = Heart: 5 Daily Reminders for Women

Most of the time we think courage is a big emotion we muster up in times of need, when the clouds descend and life collapses around us with loud …

The US has been downgraded to a 'flawed democracy'

Although the report's publication comes shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, the EIU analysts write that the US was not downgraded because of him. Rather, they argue, his surprise election was an <i>effect</i> of the underlying causes that led the EIU to downgrade the US.<p>According to the …

A Prenatal Chair Sequence to Ease the Discomfort of Pregnancy

A chair practice offers the pregnant body support and helps to create the space it so desperately needs. This sequence feels so good that you will …

Roll with it! This mini farmhouse on wheels is incredible — take a peek

The team at Handcrafted Movement, a building group specializing in tiny homes in Portland, Oregon, has created a dwelling so beautiful and luxurious you might not even realize its footprint is a mere 290-square-feet.<p>The home, which sits on a trailer that's 26 feet by 8.5 feet, has an aesthetic …

LED Lighting

Cruising The Croatian Coast

Katarina Line is a small-ship cruise company based in Croatia that is reaching out to U.S. travel agents to increase business here. The company’s …

How Managers Can Help Their Introverts Network

Introverts often dread large conferences or impersonal networking events. But having a vast and varied network is essential to business and career success. If you’re a manager, it’s likely that introverts make up one-third to one-half of your team. So, how do you encourage them to make new business …

Personality

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

Management

The Science of Sounding Smart

When you’re trying to convey the quality of your mind to your boss, or to a company that’s considering you for a job, your best ally may be your own voice.<p>Although some people may assume that their ideas and intellect would come across much better in written form, it turns out that using your voice …

Employment

How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

It’s not easy getting ready for a big presentation. The stakes can feel high, and in our desire for things to go well, the anticipation builds. Fear, anxiety, or even paralysis can kick in. What can you do to calm your nerves when this happens?<p><b>Observe, Accept, and Reframe</b><p>First, recognize that …

Public Speaking

Spiced Crab Tacos

<b>FishTag • Manhattan</b> Chef Michael Psilakis's bright, fresh crab tacos incorporate traditional Latin ingredients and a hit of Asian chile sauce. Cooked …

Deep-Sea Artist Paints Creatures that Glow Under Black Light

Lily Simonson joins scientific research expeditions as the onboard artist, painting creatures most people will never see up close.<p>Despite everything we know about our world, the deep sea is a mystery. Scientists are researching and discovering marine species every day; artist Lily Simonson dives to …

Art

Small Businesses Trading Internationally See More Growth, Says FedEx Index - Small Business Trends

Looking for a good reason to expand your business globally? How about solid revenue growth?<p>Revenue of International Small Businesses on the Rise<p>A new …

Spotlight: FreightorGator Provides Freight Exchange Service for Small Business - Small Business Trends

Arranging shipments for clients with less than a truckload of merchandise may not sound like the most interesting business to be in, but it is often …

20 Small Business Ideas in the Growing Cannabis Industry - Small Business Trends

The cannabis industry is growing fast. And that means there are plenty of potential business opportunities available for entrepreneurs who are …

How to Give Feedback to People Who Cry, Yell, or Get Defensive

There’s no denying that performance review season can be a headache for managers. The process of writing reviews and delivering feedback takes a lot of time (especially if you do it thoughtfully) and can be particularly anxiety provoking if you have someone on your team who tends to have a …

Emotional Intelligence

The Pacific Northwest's Best Day Hikes

Three-Day Weekend: Norway

It's an old gag: “Have you driven a fjord lately?” But deep discounts and stunning new tourist routes will put the majestic stretch of inlets between …

Traveling Mongolia Is Easier Than You Think.

<b>THE SCENE</b> <br>For intrepid travelers, there may be no greater thrill than having the chance to explore a destination seemingly untouched by tourism. Mongolia is an explorer’s dream, with natural wonders like the <b>Gobi Desert</b> and annual festivals such as Naadam. Due to its remote location, Mongolia sits …

Travel

Great Southern Road Trips: Coastal Cruising

The rubber meets the sand on these car-friendly Southern beaches<p>Amelia Island, Florida<p>This southernmost Sea Island is perhaps best known for its coastal golf courses, lush maritime forests, and picturesque downtown. But at several locations along the slow-paced beach near the Georgia line, you can …

Road Trips

The Original Pioneer Woman

Meet Mary Mann Hamilton<p>Everybody knows the stories of pioneers Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, but aside from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fictionalized <i>Little House on the Prairie</i> children’s books, we don’t often hear tales from the female side of the American frontier. Enter Mary Mann Hamilton …

The Return of Chesapeake Bay Scallops

Once wiped out from the Chesapeake, bay scallops are returning to area waters—and dinner plates<p>On August 23, 1933, a category-4 hurricane swept up the Eastern Seaboard. Eighty-two-mile-per-hour winds battered Cape Henry, Virginia, and a record high tide put Norfolk’s downtown under five feet of …