Mari Adkins

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When You Need Help Writing, Do This

It will happen. At some point in your writing journey, you will get stuck. Call it writer’s block, the Resistance, or laziness. Whatever the name, …

Writing

Tokens of love: The Welsh tradition of lovespoons

<i>Conor Knighton's love of ISLAND HOPPING has taken him to a scenic spot that's all about love:</i><p>Off the northwest coast of Wales, lovely Llanddwyn …

Magical Pagan and Wiccan Symbols

In modern Paganism, many traditions use symbols as part of ritual, or in magic. Some symbols are used to represent elements, others to represent …

Spirituality

A therapist’s guide to staying productive when you’re depressed or heartbroken

“We entrepreneurs can’t afford to date,” I half-joked to a friend the other day. “We can’t take sick days when we get our hearts smashed.”<p>I’m a therapist who helps people learn to be resilient in the face of life’s uncertainties. But even I catch myself feeling anxious about how to stay motivated …

Self-Criticism

Why Your Cat Loves Small Spaces

Cats don’t just like small spaces, they <i>love</i> them. From Amazon boxes to grocery bags to the tiny gap between the bottom of your couch and the floor. …

7 Tips for Writers from Margaret Atwood

Starting today, Hulu began airing an adaptation of one of Margaret Atwood’s most notable works, her 1985 novel <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>. The first three …

Creative Writing

Humans were in America 100,000 years earlier than we thought, study claims

<b>(CNN) —</b> The remains of a mastodon discovered during a routine excavation in California shows possible human activity in North America 130,000 years ago -- or about 115,000 years earlier than previously thought.<p>Paleontologists with the San Diego Natural History Museum discovered the remains of the …

Anthropology

Why Some People Are Born Anxious, With Daniel Keating

Have you ever noticed that some people just seemed hard-wired to be stressed out? Maybe you feel like you’ve been dealt an anxious hand yourself. …

The most common mistakes people make when young

As a teenager or young adult, it’s all too common to talk about ‘when I grow up’ and think about who you’re eventually going to become.<p>But as you get …

Here's Why Your Cat Loves Sitting in Boxes

Boxes and cats, what’s the deal?<p>Felines seems to have a magnetic attraction to boxes, even ones made out of tape. So what powers your kitty’s drive …

Pets

See Something Where There is Nothing: A Poetry Lesson

Need a fresh idea for poetry? Try this lesson!

Why keeping a diary could be the key to a better memory

We love to read about the lives of other people. In recent years, as the popularity of many types of books have declined, sales figures for biographical and autobiographical memoirs have remained strong. At the same time, the proliferation of blogs and the use of social media to recount events in …

Mental Health

How to Use Google’s Disavow Tool Correctly

Handwritten checks. Pay phones. Link penalties.Do you see the pattern?I’m talking about things that most people don’t think exist.<i>But they actually …

Anti-Virus Software

27 Tweets That Sum Up What It's Like To Live With A Cat

If your cat isn't an assh*le, then you have a dog.<p>If your cat had to put up a Craigslist roommate listing, it would say: “I’m an assh*le, but I’ll grow on you. (No dogs, please.)”<p>Below, 27 times your cat was the biggest jerk in your home, but also the most loveable.

Pets

Your cat loves hopping into boxes. Here’s why.

Twitter’s been on fire with people amazed by cats that seem compelled to park themselves in squares of tape marked out on the floor. These felines appear powerless to resist the call of the #CatSquare.<p>This social-media fascination is a variation on a question I heard over and over as a panelist on …

Pets

How character drives plot | Alliance of Independent Authors: Self-Publishing Advice Center

By onApril 19, 2017 in Writing A Book<p>Olaf Wielk of Beemgee<p><b>Olaf Bryan Wielk of www.beemgee.com explains how fiction writers can improve their plotting</b> …

Google’s New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy - MIT Technology Review

John Martinis has given himself just a few months to reach a milestone in the history of computing.<p>He’s leader of the Google research group working …

14 Simple Ways To Actually Improve Your Handwriting

It's never too late.

Calligraphy

Teenage hackers motivated by morality not money, study finds

Teenage hackers are motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money, according to a study by the National Crime Agency.<p>The law enforcement organisation interviewed teenagers and children as young as 12 who had been arrested or cautioned for computer-based crimes.<p>A new way to …

Computer Hacking

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Archaeology

Quantum computers will blow your mind

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Weather

The genius of the Celts

Graham Robb, author of a new book on the Celtic peoples, argues that it’s high time we challenged the Roman characterisation of the Celts as …

Physicists observe 'negative mass'

<b>Physicists have created a fluid with "negative mass", which accelerates towards you when pushed.</b><p>In the everyday world, when an object is pushed, it accelerates in the same direction as the force applied to it; this relationship is described by Isaac Newton's Second Law of Motion.<p>But in theory, …

Physics

Are Gen Xers, boomers suffering serious psychological distress?

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Serious psychological distress" refers to a mental health problem that is severe enough to require treatment.<p>People in serious psychological distress are three times more likely to be too poor to afford general health care, and 10 times more likely to be too poor to pay for medications, …

Mental Health

'A lot of my book was painful to write - I was admitting the things I’ve f**ked up'

Image: 3FE<p>Image: 3FE<p>WORLD-CLASS BARISTA Colin Harmon says that writing his first book “struck up a lot of painful memories”.<p>The founder of coffee …

Coffee Grinders

How To Use Bullet Journaling To Get Your Sh*t Together

A year and a half ago, I opened up the first page of my brand new Leuchtturm1917 dot grid notebook and began my very first bullet journal. What I …

Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlements

The oral history of the Heiltsuk Nation, an Aboriginal group based on the Central Coast of British Columbia, tells of a coastal strip of land that …

Mental Illness Isn’t ‘Laziness.’ Battling Mental Illness Is Exhausting.

I often wish I could be a “normal” wife. I wish I could keep a clean house, cook dinners, bake, and have people over. I wish I could keep up on …

Hospital stay after a concussion

My MC is 18 and was hit over the head with a broken bottle late at night. She was groggy, but not quite unconscious. Her friends took her to the …