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What No One Tells You About Million-Dollar Success Stories

The transition stage of an exit or succession is the worst time to realize you didn't do your best to prepare--financially or emotionally--for an irreversible outcome.<p>This week, when Cisco Systems announced CEO John Chambers, a living legend on the job for 20 years, would be handing the torch to …

Entrepreneurship

Roaming Free

UN issues first report on human rights of gay and lesbian people

The first ever United Nations report on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people details how around the world people …

LGBTQI

Ruth Bader Ginsburg eviscerates same-sex marriage opponents in court

At a turning point in history where most of the male members of the US supreme court seemed unsure which way to turn, one justice stood out during Tuesday’s hearing on the constitutionality of gay marriage for her spatial awareness.<p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg has long been a liberal champion – dubbed …

The Invisibles: Moving Vintage Photos of LGBT Couples in the Early 20th Century

Any form of excess can usually be traced to the seed of a basic human longing. Before photography turned into excessive “aesthetic consumerism,” long prior to the narcissistic golden age of the selfie, it was a miraculous medium that granted one simple, fundamental human wish — the desire to be …

North Dakota becomes last US state to have gay marriage ban challenged

North Dakota has become the last state in the union to have its ban on gay marriage challenged in the federal courts.<p>Seven couples filed a lawsuit on Friday in the US district court in Fargo, calling for an end to North Dakota’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and its refusal to accept gay …

Peter & the Wolf 1 - Narrated by David Bowie (1978)

Girls Standing on Lawns: A Quirky Collaboration Between Maira Kalman, Daniel Handler, and MoMA

Besides her incontestable talent, what makes beloved artist and illustrator Maira Kalman such a singular creative spirit — full of wisdom on how to live fully and why walking sparks creativity — is her idiosyncratic lens on life. To wit: She is a lifelong collector of vintage photographs fished …

Vincent van Gogh on Art and the Power of Love in Letters to His Brother

<i>“You can only go with loves in this life,”</i> Ray Bradbury memorably proclaimed. Whether love be bewitching or tormenting, whether pondered by the poets or scrutinized by the scientists, one thing is for certain — it is art’s most powerful and enduring muse, fuel for the creative process more potent …

Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” Reimagined in Beautiful Illustrations by Artist Allen Crawford

Visual artists have long been drawn to the literary classics, producing such masterful homages as William Blake’s paintings for Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i> and for Dante’s <i>Divine Comedy</i>, Picasso’s drawings for a naughty ancient Greek comedy, Matisse’s etchings for <i>Ulysses</i>, John Vernon Lord’s illustrations …

1,000 Dog Portraits: How a David-vs-Goliath Copyright Nightmare Became an Illustrated Celebration of the Canine Condition

<i>“Dogs are not about something else,”</i> Malcolm Gladwell once wrote. <i>“Dogs are about dogs.”</i> And yet dogs can be about something else — but perhaps their greatest gift is the way in which they infuse with love and light even the most troublesome of something-elses.<p>In 2011, Robynne Raye, founder of …

Lisbeth Zwerger’s Rare and Soulful 1984 Illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s “The Selfish Giant”

From Austrian artist <b>Lisbeth Zwerger</b> — who also gave us those impossibly imaginative illustrations for <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> and <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> — comes a rare 1984 illustrated edition of <b>The Selfish Giant</b> (<i>public library</i>), one of the five short stories in Oscar Wilde’s 1888 collection for children, <i>The</i> …

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Michael Sam gay kiss proves we need more gay kissing.

On Saturday night, after learning that he had been drafted by the St. Louis Rams, openly gay football player Michael Sam kissed his boyfriend in …

Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Oregon ruled Monday that a statewide ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane said in …

LGBTQI

1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Download 1,300 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device. Over 45,000 …

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Dylan Thomas Recites ‘Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night’ and Other Poems

When Dylan Thomas was a little boy his father would read Shakespeare to him at bedtime. The boy loved the sound of the words, even if he was too …

Download Over 300+ Free Art Books From the Getty Museum

Yesterday, we wrote about the Wellcome Library’s opening up of its digital archives and making over 100,000 medical images freely available online. …

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A Simple Exercise to Increase Well-Being and Lower Depression from Martin Seligman, Founding Father of Positive Psychology

<i>“When [a man] has fair health, a fair fortune, a tidy conscience and a complete exemption from embarrassing relatives,”</i> Henry James wrote in his diary, <i>“I suppose he is bound, in delicacy, to write himself happy.”</i> More than a mere philosophical contemplation, however, James’s observation presages …

A.A. Milne Reads from Winnie-the-Pooh in a Rare 1929 Recording

On February 13, 1924, <i>Punch</i> magazine published a short poem titled “Teddy Bear” by <b>Alan Alexander Milne</b> (January 18, 1882–January 31, 1956), one of the magazine’s editors and a frequent contributor. The poem was inspired by the stuffed teddy bear Milne had given to his son, Christopher Robin, three …

Louisiana gay rights group plans to challenge state's same-sex marriage ban

A gay rights group plans a legal challenge to the Louisiana constitution’s prohibition against recognizing same-sex marriages performed legally in other states.<p>The Forum for Equality Louisiana and four gay married couples have called a Wednesday news conference on the issue.<p>A draft of the group’s …

U.S. court hears suit to overturn same-sex marriage ban in Texas | Reuters

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Lawyers for two gay couples challenging a Texas constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage told a federal court in opening arguments on Wednesday the measure is an “abhorrent violation of human and (U.S.) constitutional rights.”<p>Texas Attorney General Greg …

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Michael Sam's Dad After 'I'm Gay' Text: Shocked and Proud

Michael Sam's father said Monday he had no idea his football-star son was gay until he got a text from him on his birthday last week.<p>"I told him, 'Well, you could have wished me a happy birthday first,'" the dad, who has the same name, joked to NBC News from the Texas nursing home where he …

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The Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and How Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take It

At the same time that pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott was busy capturing the urban fabric and trailblazing anthropologist Margaret Mead was laying the groundwork for modern anthropology, <b>Dorothea Lange</b> mastered the intersection of the two in her influential Depression-era photojournalism and …

Some of Today’s Most Beloved Children’s Book Illustrators Each Draw Their Favorite Animal

I have a soft spot for animals and the loveliest books about them, but having just said farewell to a beloved feline companion, I was triply taken with <b>What’s Your Favorite Animal?</b> (<i>public library</i>), in which the great Eric Carle invites some of today’s most celebrated children’s book illustrators — …