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The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on countryliving.com.

88 quotes to help you finish your novel

Writing a novel through the Now Novel system makes it easy to structure your work and keep track of where you are in telling your story, yet even …


The Nature and Nurture of Genius: The Sweet Illustrated Story of How Henri Matisse’s Childhood Shaped His Creative Legacy

A heartening testament to the nourishing power of parental love in the cultivation of greatness.<p>At 8PM on the last day of 1869, a little boy named Henri entered the world in a gray textile-mill town in the north of France, in a rundown two-room cottage with a leaky roof. He didn’t have much …


Thoreau on Hard Work, the Myth of Productivity, and the True Measure of Meaningful Labor

“Those who work much do not work hard.”<p><b>The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, 1837–1861</b> (<i>public library</i>) is the closest thing I have to a bible — I read it frequently and devotedly, always with great gratitude for the enduring wisdom that brings me closer to what I know to be true but so often forget. …

Guatemala. Who Knew?

Lake Atitlan in Guatemala was a place I had always longed to visit. In images, majestic volcanoes rise from the edge of inky waters; the lake appears mysterious, haunting. The deepest lake in Central America, Atitlan had been described by friends as a vortex, a portal, the bellybutton of Mayan …

@NatGeoTravel Staff Bucket List: 2015

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2015 and why:</b><p><b>> Philippines</b><p>“I can’t get the Philippines out of my mind. This archipelago …

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Some of Today’s Most Prominent Artists on Courage, Creativity, Criticism, Success, and What It Means to Be a Great Artist

<i>“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant — there is no such thing,”</i> Georgia O’Keeffe wrote in her spectacular letter to Sherwood Anderson. <i>“Making your unknown known is the important thing — and keeping the unknown always beyond you…”</i> And yet, as human beings, we orient ourselves in the darkness of …


The Wisdom of No Escape: Pema Chödrön on Gentleness, the Art of Letting Go, and How to Befriend Your Inner Life

“Our neurosis and our wisdom are made out of the same material. If you throw out your neurosis, you also throw out your wisdom.”<p><b>Pema Chödrön</b> (b. July 14, 1936) — a generous senior teacher in the Buddhist contemplative tradition of Shambhala, ordained Buddhist nun, and prolific author — is one of …

Peanuts and the Quiet Pain of Childhood: How Charles Schulz Made an Art of Difficult Emotions

“[Charlie Brown] reminded people, as no other cartoon character had, of what it was to be vulnerable, to be small and alone in the universe, to be human — both little and big at the same time.”<p>J.R.R. Tolkien adamantly asserted that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and Neil Gaiman …


Traveling Internationally? Do These 20 Things First

Credit: Flickr<p>So you're ready to put that first stamp in your passport? Or it has been years since your last big vacation? Here's a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip if this is your first time traveling abroad or if you need a refresher.<p><b>Security & Health</b><p>• <b>Check in with your</b> …

Top 10 long-distance hiking trails in the US

Pacific Crest Trail: California, Oregon and Washington, 2,663 miles<p>When Cheryl Strayed, writer of the memoir and new film Wild set foot on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in southern California, heading north towards Oregon, she had never backpacked a day in her life. By the time she reached the …


10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …


Roasted garlic, caramelized onion, butternut squash, eggplant soup

Start a cold January off with a soup made from slow-cooked, sweet, and savory ingredients. Puree roasted garlic, caramelized onion, butternut squash, …

Your Shot Photos: Best Trips 2015

Our Your Shot photo community shared their picks for the best places to travel in 2015 using #BestoftheWorld. Here are some of our favorites.

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What are the healthiest vegetables to grow?

All vegetables are good for you but, according to the Nutrient Rich Foods index, some are even more healthy than others<p>What decides what you grow to eat in your garden? It may be what tastes best, or it may just be just what grows with the least effort; it’s certainly hard to resist the sheer …


10 Great Adventure Trips That Give Back

Going on an adventure to a new place has the power to change you, but you can also change a place—for better or worse. Make a positive impact with one of these ten trips that are full of adventure and also benefit local communities and conservation.<p>writer

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Best U.S. Hiking Cities

<b>Get Hiking:</b> This popular four-mile hike has a large measure of challenge (3,700 vertical feet of climbing) with an equal payoff (views of Mount Rainier, Seattle, and the Olympics on a clear day). The journey isn’t so bad either: Along the way, hikers pass classic Pacific Northwest conifer and fir …


Two Striking Deserts Meet In This Popular Park

Arid low desert and vegetated high desert meet in Joshua Tree National Park, offering visitors stunning vistas and rewarding hikes.<p><b>Location:</b> California<b><br>Established:</b> October 31, 1994<b><br>Size:</b> 794,000 acres<p>Two desert systems, the Mojave and the Colorado, abut within Joshua Tree, dividing California's …

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The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors

“Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work,” Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers’ success, as bespoken by their personal libraries. <b>The Top Ten: Writers</b> …

Self-Refinement Through the Wisdom of the Ages: New Year’s Resolutions from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

At the outset of each new year, humanity sets out to better itself as we resolve to eradicate our unhealthy habits and cultivate healthy ones. But while the most typical New Year’s resolutions tend to be about bodily health, the most meaningful ones aim at a deeper kind of health through the …


Blue Zone Photos: Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

How does an isolated community on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast experience extraordinary longevity? Find out how hard work, a life plan, and some maize can lead to a longer life.

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Extreme Body Painting Turns Humans into Animals

While at first glance you think you're seeing ordinary paintings of animals on canvas, look a little closer and you'll notice that the canvases are actually naked human beings. Shannon Holt is a body painter based in Florida who has the incredible ability to transform the human body into a canvas …


Free Things to Do in Florence

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence boasts a wealth of museum masterpieces, most famously Michelangelo’s "David" and Botticelli’s "The Birth of Venus," but there’s plenty of culture to experience that doesn’t involve pricey admission or epic waits.<p>The birthplace of the Italian …


European Parks—Mountains

See photos of the mountain landscapes and wildlife of Europe (including alpine scenery, national parks, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

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10 World Beliefs About The Soul

Something inside all of us makes us who we are. It makes us unique individuals and (or so we tell ourselves) sustains us after our physical form has …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

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