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Imperfection Is Lovable: Let Yourself Be

<b>“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~Brene Brown</b><p>We are all perfectly imperfect just as we …

The Dish on Puerto Vallarta

The scene: A beautiful woman sips a fruity drink out of a coconut, lounging on a picture-perfect beach with a pink hotel in the background. The words “<i>Puerto Vallarta“</i> are scrawled across the strangely muted image, immortalized forever in the postcards of yesteryear. Take me there, I always thought.<p>…

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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What my dog Buddy gave me – I didn’t realize until too late

<i>The Essay is a daily personal piece submitted by readers. Have a story to tell? See our guidelines at tgam.ca/essayguide</i>.<p>In the week between Christmas and New Year, you can find yourself with nothing much to do. That's how it was for us when our skiing holiday was cut short after my husband hurt …

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Icebreaker

The winter of 2006 was snowless until it unleashed one of the biggest snowstorms in the city’s history. It snowed all day and night. I woke the following morning in my apartment on Eleventh Street and traipsed to the café on the corner to have coffee and look at the snow. A man was shovelling just …

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

Many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room at the start of every day. You should, too–here’s how.<p>Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home …

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iPhone 5c review

After weeks of leaks and speculation, the iPhone 5c is finally here. Apple's colorful new lower-cost handset slots below the iPhone 5s flagship and ships with iOS 7. This is the first time the company's launched two new iPhones simultaneously. The 5c replaces the iPhone 5 in the middle of the …

Tumblr Explains Why "Sherlock" Needs To Come Back On The Air Right Now

Filming for the show's third season wrapped Sunday, but it remains to be seen if Sherlock fans will be able to survive until it airs.

Would you buy this Nexus 5?

This week has seen the arrival of some of the best evidence to date for Google’s next Nexus smartphone, presumed to arrive as the Nexus 5. First we …

Sony SmartWatch vs. Samsung Galaxy Gear: The first big battle in the wearable tech war

Two electronics titans target each other, waging war over your wrist.<p>Sony's latest wearable tech creation, the SmartWatch 2 (SW2) is attractively styled, water-resistant, and sports plenty of apps and watch faces. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is a strong contender too, running a specially tweaked …

Gear & Gadgets

Ian McKellen cast as elderly Sherlock in upcoming film

<b>Sir Ian McKellen is to play a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film by Oscar-winning director Bill Condon.</b><p>The film, A Slight Trick Of The Mind, will be adapted from Mitch Cullin's novel of the same name.<p>Set in 1947, Sir Ian will play an elderly Sherlock, who is still trying to crack an unsolved, …

Movies

At Last, The 'Netflix For Books' Is Here

For $9.95 a month, you can download and enjoy titles from HarperCollins, Workman, Melville House, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Boasting 100,000 titles so far, Oyster is still working to procure more publishing companies to add to its roster.<p>Instead of focusing on a tablet experience to compete …

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The first Windows Phone with a six-inch screen: Nokia Lumia 1520 image leaks out

In the unlikely case that you’re both a fan of Windows Phone and someone who wants a large screened smartphone, I present to you the Nokia Lumia 1520.<p>Outed by the relentless gadget leaker Evleaks, the Lumia 1520 appears to share a similar design to Nokia’s other Lumia Windows Phone models. The big …

1 in 5 Koreans in Their 20s to Remain Single for Life

One out of five people in their 20s now will end up being single for life, according to a study. Lee Sang-lim of the Korea Institute for Health and …

Lego becomes world's second-biggest toy maker

<b>Denmark's Lego has become the world's second-biggest toy maker after reporting a 13% increase in sales.</b><p>It generated sales of $1.8bn (£1.2bn) for the six months to 30 June, up from the same period last year, overtaking US-based Hasbro.<p>The firm said first-half profits hit $550m and its market share …

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Colorful Photos of the Aguitagueda Art Festival in Portugal

Many of you perhaps remember the beautiful canopy of floating umbrellas that engulfed the streets in Agueda, Portugal last year. Realizing that it …

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100 Things to Do in Barcelona

01 of 11<p>The best way to plan a tour of Barcelona is to divide the town into districts, beginning in the center and working your way out to the …

Madrid, Barcelona (& Valencia) Suggested Itineraries & Tours

01 of 06<p>Guided Tours of Madrid and Barcelona<p>I don't know of any guided tours that show you both Barcelona and Madrid; instead, they tend to merely …