Alexandra Mckevitt

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The Bright Side Of Hitting Rock Bottom

He sat upright in the corner of the bed, visibly trembling. Sleep deprivation toyed with his mind. Breathing was difficult. The once autonomous …

Self-help

Scientists and Philosophers Answer Kids’ Most Pressing Questions About How the World Works

<i>UPDATE: The sequel is here, featuring a 9-year-old girl’s question about why we have books, answered by yours truly.</i><p><i>“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,”</i> Carl Sagan famously observed in <i>Cosmos</i>, <i>“you must first invent the universe.”</i> The questions children ask are often so simple, so basic, …

Video: Drunken safari guide sacked after charging an elephant in game reserve

A South African safari firm has sacked one of its guides after a video of him charging an elephant went viral.<p>The drunk game park guide, who was …

Gove’s lesson: spare the comma, spoil the child

We’re at that point in a Conservative-led Government when, according to parliamentary rules, the education minister has to announce that society is …

Hemp Can Build Your House and Make Your Blouse

Hemp is conceivably best known for its Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids that make it an excellent addition to a healthy diet, or perhaps as a cotton substitute used in the manufacturing of ecologically-sound clothing. But it can also be manufactured into a vast array of resourceful, environmentally-sound …

Hemp

Who Are the Most Interesting Minor Characters in A Song of Ice and Fire ?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><i>Answer by Lucas Mund, History Teacher</i><p>Howland Reed is interesting to me because:<p>He was the spark that ignited Robert's Rebellion.<br>• He and Eddard are the only survivors of the Tower of Joy.<br>• He knows the true answer to R+L=J.<br>• He must have had some way to kill …

The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge: A 1939 Manifesto for the Incalculable Rewards of Curiosity

In an age obsessed with practicality, productivity, and efficiency, I frequently worry that we are leaving little room for abstract knowledge and for the kind of curiosity that invites just enough serendipity to allow for the discovery of ideas we didn’t know we were interested in until we are, …

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gown-clad elders to cap-and-gown-clad youngsters, emanating a halo effect of timeless wisdom the rest of us can absorb any day, at any stage of life. On May 20, 1990, <b>Bill Watterson</b>, creator of the beloved <b>Calvin and Hobbes</b> comic strip, …

How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn’t stick with it? If you are like millions of other people, you’ve set out with the best …

Study: Marijuana Buffers Pain of Social Exclusion

Why smoke marijuana? Users would probably reply that numbed-out bliss is its own reward. But if smoothing out the harsh edges of reality is your …

Finding out what you really want to do in life

For the past month I have been reading a book based on the life of Tulsidas, one of the greatest religious poets of India. He is credited with …

6 Powerful Questions That Will Change Your Life Forever

<b>“Information is not knowledge.” ~Einstein</b><p>A few years ago I was lost. Frustrated. Scared. Unsure. Anxious. Trapped. Unfulfilled. Stuck in a dead-end …

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How to develop self-discipline in 7 steps

Learn how to develop self-discipline and regain control of your life! Certainly the road to self-discipline has different obstacles, but it is the …

Self-improvement

Positive Affirmations: 10 De-Stressing Phrases That Help Put Life Into Perspective (PHOTOS)

One quick, free and practical way to de-stress? Recite an affirmation.<p>It sounds too good (and too simple) to be true, but saying a mantra could set a positive tone for your day <i>and</i> help you return to a sense of balance when things feel a little out of whack.<p>"Research tells us that every thought and …

6 Rules for Creative Sanity from Radical Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich

A student of Freud’s and a radical pioneer of early psychoanalysis, Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) was a fascinating and often misunderstood mind who influenced a generation of public intellectuals, including William Burroughs, Saul Bellow, and Norman Mailer. <b>Where’s the Truth?: Letters and Journals,</b> …

False Alarm of the Day: FBI Questions Saudi Student for Possession of a Pressure Cooker

Last Friday, the FBI surrounded the home of Saudi student Talal al Rouki after his neighbor tipped off the authorities that he has been seen around the residential area with a pressure cooker, a household kitchenware that recently made the headlines after it was used by the Boston Marathon terrorists to set their deadly bombs off in April. When questioned by the FBI, the frightened Michigan resident showed FBI agents the cooking apparatus, informing them he had used it to make the Saudi Arabian …

8 Effortless Actions You Can Take Right Now To Live A Better Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Let’s face it.<p>Personal growth is hard. At least, the type of personal growth you want to last is hard (which is the only kind that matters).<p>If you’ve …

Self-improvement

3 Secret Techniques To Build Self Confidence | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>Introduction</b><p>These 3 exercises that I am sharing with you today get to the core of low confidence and low self-esteem. Unlike other superficial …

Self-help

6 Ways To Stop Letting Life's Pressures Consume You | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Do you get tired of having to deal with the seemingly endless pressures going in in your life?<p>You’re overworked, undervalued, under compensated, …

Outsourcing

Best thing you'll see this week: Fail Safe – brilliant illustrated advice on courage and the creative life: http://j.mp/12uSxdl

How Not To Worry: Timeless 1934 Advice on Controlling Anxiety and Mastering Life

As far as vintage finds go, they hardly get more fortuitous than <b>You Can Master Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a marvelous 1934 compendium of sort-of-philosophical, sort-of-self-helpy, at times charmingly dated, other times refreshingly timeless advice on cultivating “the power to think, to create, to …