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The Reward Every Woman Deserves (More Than Once)

Unlike a reward, which must be earned or justified, a "treat" is a small pleasure or indulgence that we give to ourselves <i>just because we want it</i>. We …

Iyanla Vanzant: 5 Qualities to Get You Through the Hardest Times

The hardest thing about hard times is this: You know you're not in control anymore. (But ask yourself something: Were you ever?) You have to make big …

Positive Thinking

French Omelet 101: A Step-by-Step

A French-style omelet is all about delicate texture and pure eggy flavor: fluffy and tender, with a very moist interior and simple, restrained seasoning. (If you must have cheese, add a shaving of Gruyere right before folding.) To prevent it from browning (and thus toughening), you need to keep the …

Breakfast

Whatever You Are, Be a Good One

In March of 1884, Leo Tolstoy resolved in his diary to create a “circle of reading” for himself, probing “the great philosophers of all time and all people” for wisdom on how to live well. This was the birth of his famous <i>Calendar of Wisdom</i>, which he spent the remaining seventeen years of his life …

Iyanla Vanzant: 4 Ways to Stay Hopeful About the Future

Q: How Do I Stay Hopeful About the Future?<p>I've always believed that our thoughts are powerful—so powerful that they can influence what lies ahead. If …

How to Make Your Own Luck

<i>“You are what you settle for,”</i> Janis Joplin admonished in her final interview. <i>“You are ONLY as much as you settle for.”</i> In <b>Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career</b> (<i>public library</i>), which comes on the heels of their indispensable guide to mastering …

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, …

Which Kitchen Gadgets Are Worth the Money?

It can be tricky deciding what deserves to take up space in your cabinets. We've done the math, so you don't have to.<p>Soda Maker<p>Yogurt Maker

Kitchens

Henry Miller on the Mystery of the Universe and the Meaning of Life

More than merely one of the most memorable, prolific, and disciplined authors of the twentieth century, <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) was also a champion of the wisdom of the heart, a poignant oracle of writing, a modern philosopher. But hardly anywhere does Miller’s spirit shine …

Annie Dillard on Writing

What does it really mean to write? Why do writers labor at it, and why are readers so mesmerized by it?<p>From <b>Annie Dillard’</b>s timelessly wonderful <b>The Writing Life</b> (<i>public library</i>) — which also gave us her vital reminder that presence rather than productivity is the key to living richly and her …

The Art of Conversation: Timeless, Timely Do’s and Don’ts from 1866

Manners today are often seen as a quaint subject that belongs in Lord Chesterfield’s outlandish advice on the art of pleasing or <i>Esquire</i>‘s dated guide to dating. But in a culture where we regularly do online what we’d never do in person and behave offline in ways our grandparents wouldn’t have dared …

How to Have More Energy For Sex (and Everything Else)

Regain the mental and physical oomph you need to do the things you want.<p>Find the Right Time for Love<p>Wake Up Like a Puppy Instead of a Bear<p>Treat Lunch …

The Very Best Stay-Put, Smudge-Proof Makeup

Steamy temps, sweaty skin and surprise summer rain showers are no match for the products the pros choose when they need makeup as tenacious as it is …

Beverly Hills

Surprising Reasons You’re Feeling Blue

You cut back on sugar, your thyroid’s fine and you get plenty of love, sunshine and omega-3s. So why are you feeling down?<p>You Dream in the …

Thyroid

How Yoga Can Relieve Your Allergies

Yoga

28 Incredibly Beautiful Places You Won't Believe Actually Exist

I want to go to there.

Natural Gas

Five Critical Team Members For Business Success

You know your customers. You have a killer product to sell. The business plan is set, strategy thoughtfully documented and funds are in place. You’re ready to go to market or even poised for explosive growth. But, are you surrounded by the best possible teammates to make the dream a reality?<p>In my …

The Most Beautiful Cherry Blossoms Around the World

One of the best known symbols of spring in Japan are the magnificent pink Japanese cherry trees, also called sakura. Starting in mid-March, the …

Japan

5 Strategies to Cope With Seasonal Allergies