Gemma Dean

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7 TED Talks Every Creatives Must See

The <b>creative process</b> works in mysterious ways. No one really knows how it works, especially how creatives come up with ideas to work on. No one has it …

Study Reveals Parenting Strategy That Leads To Better Sex

Sharing childcare duties = better relationship?<p>In the last half century, dads have begun to take on more of the housework and childcare duties. And a new study says that when it comes to relationship satisfaction, that's a very good thing.<p>A team of researchers with Georgia State University found …

29 Lessons I've Learned From 10 Years of Parenting

Before my first was born, I had a vague notion that parents more and less had it all together and did everything deliberately according to their parenting philosophy of choice; now I know that we're basically making it up as we go along.<p>Before my first was born, I had a vague notion that parents …

Mental Institution

The Art Of Parenting: 10 Invaluable Lessons To Pass On To Your Kids

A few years ago, I watched Brene Brown’s TED Talk on Vulnerability. Her story, her research, her authenticity, and yes, her vulnerability resonated …

Motherhood is lonely — and new moms have it the worst

Research finds feelings of post-partum depression fall on a continuum, and 90 percent of mothers are on the scale<p>Esther Hsieh<p>August 26, 2015 8:15am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Entering motherhood is a rite of passage for most women. For many new moms, however, …

Is feminism destroying the institution of marriage?

There is a simultaneous boom in women seeking divorces because their husbands aren't doing enough chores and because their husbands do all the chores. What is a man to do, asks Martin Daubney<p>A new survey has shown that women are now initiating 69 per cent of divorces – and they’re increasingly …

10 Free Online Courses To Make You More Successful

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?<p>How about a unique spin on …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

4 Key Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Unusual Childhood

My father was not an ordinary parent, and it was clear when I compared our life to my friends' lives that ours was not ordinary. And yet, as I've grown up and become a parent myself, I've realized that my father did some things very well -- and taught me some important lessons about being a good …

How to Build a Compelling Novel Concept (Something With a Kicker!)

Today’s post is adapted from C.S. Lakin’s newly released <i>The 12 Key Pillars of Novel Construction.</i>Writers flounder trying to figure out how to make …

7 Scientific Self-Help Books That Will Transform Your Life

I’m one of those weirdos that prefers reading non-fiction books over fiction books any day of the week — especially when it comes to books about …

Procrastination Part I: Why You Do It

Many people misunderstand procrastination as a problem of laziness or poor time management. But procrastination—especially problem procrastination—is …

51 of the Best Breakfast Recipes Ever

Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p>Waking up is never easy, but breakfast food makes the prospect a whole lot sunnier.<p>Put some coffee on and get cookin'.<p><b>Monkey-Bread Danish</b><p>Danish meets monkey bread. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Red Velvet Pancakes</b><p>Sexiest breakfast ever. <b>Get the recipe</b>.<p><b>Onion & Arugula …

Recipes

'I couldn't have it all' – choosing between my child and my career

Mummy, I don't recognise you any more," my daughter said, as we walked home from afterschool childcare one Friday evening. It was a simple statement of fact by a seven-year-old who was seeing her mother less and less. We giggled, agreed that was silly and tried to clasp our hands together but …

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.<p>Eighteen months into my job …

Real Talk from 5 Writers of Spring's Buzziest Books

The next two months are chockablock with excellent books by award winners like Kazuo Ishiguro, Steven Millhauser, and Amelia Gray. They discuss why they write fiction and which rules to break -- spoiler alert: pretty much all of them -- all excerpted from their past conversations with BOMB.<p><b>Kazuo</b> …

Women Aren't Aliens (and Other Thoughts on the Andrew Smith Controversy)

The bookish internet blew up this week over the issue of sexism, female characters, and YA. And it all started when author Andrew Smith talked to …

20 March 2015: Time to Take Happiness More Seriously

<i>A profound shift in attitudes is underway all over the world. People are now recognising that 'progress' should be about increasing human happiness</i> …

The Most Critical Hour of Your Day: How to Set Yourself Up for Success | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Every hour lasts sixty minutes. But not all hours are really equal.<p>Sometimes, those sixty minutes will pass almost unnoticed while you’re racing …

The Christian Dating Game: Love Yourself First

One of the greatest lessons I have learned in life, love and dating is: you attract who you are. Having heard this time and time again, I am one of …

Relationships

Semicolons: How To Use Them, And Why You Should

Does the semicolon really need a defense? The punctuation mark has seemingly won more earnest supporters than snide detractors over the years, even as its use has plummeted. In 2012, Ben Dolnick wrote eloquently of his “love story” with semicolons in The New York Times' Draft blog. In 2008, the …

Jack Kerouac on How to Meditate

An intoxicating homage to the ancient practice that milks the brain’s “good glad fluid.”<p>Centuries after Montaigne contemplated the double meaning of meditation and decades before Western science confirmed what Eastern philosophy has known for millennia — that meditation is our greatest gateway to …

Literature

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

David Whyte on How to Break the Tyranny of Work/Life Balance

“We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.”<p>The equilibrium between productivity and presence is one of the hardest things to master in life, and one of the most important. We, both …

Three Plot Structures Every Storyteller Can Use

I have a theory that novelists are fugitives from simple existence. We metabolize, mediate, and render life rather than simply experiencing it. We live through an incident and wonder, with tears glossing our eyes or bliss pinking our cheeks or ennui prompting a yawn, “How can I use this in a …

Easily Distracted By Noise? You Might Just Be A Creative Genius

What did Charles Darwin, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Marcel Proust all have in common? Besides being creative geniuses, they shared an odd quirk: The luminaries were abnormally sensitive to noise, and often required solitude to work.<p>Proust, for instance, rarely left his one-bedroom apartment in …

Women Make Waves