John Proctor

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Wallace Stevens on Reality, Creativity, and Our Greatest Self-Protection from the Pressure of the News

“[The artist’s] function is to make his imagination … become the light in the minds of others. His role, in short, is to help people to live their lives.”<p><i>“A society must assume that it is stable,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in his timeless treatise on the creative process, <i>“but the artist must know, and he</i> …

Literature

Plantar Fasciitis Release Technique

Wharton's Simple Solutions No. 1<p><b>PLANTAR FASCIITIS</b><p>The name may sound mysterious, the experience isn't. Millions of people undergo any number of the following on a daily basis: a pain in their heel the moment their foot hits the ground in the morning; tenderness in the heel and arch area; pain in the …

Know thyself… by writing your first novel

Don’t worry what others think. You are writing for yourself<p>Once you find the sweet spot, your story will flow out of you<p>Writing a novel is a scary prospect. They’re so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting – the terror of the blank page – but the …

Self-confidence

6 Deadlifts That Will Make You a Better Athlete

Strengthen your backside—and set a new PR—with these smart strength-moves for runners.<p>Don’t let the name intimidate you. Deadlifts are nothing more than picking a “dead weight” up off the floor. Add them to your routine and you will be doing one of the best strength-training exercises any runner …

When We Eat, or Don’t Eat, May Be Critical for Health

Nutrition scientists have long debated the best diet for optimal health. But now some experts believe that it’s not just what we eat that’s critical for good health, but when we eat it.<p>A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our …

Holistic Medicine

5 Foods That Can Help You Get to Sleep

Finding yourself up late and feeling restless? Swap your typical evening snack for one of these.<p>As runners know, it’s important to get enough sleep. Not only is it necessary for brain health and overall well-being, but getting the right amount of sleep may actually make you faster. Unfortunately, …

Nutrition

Heart Rate Training: Is It Right for You?

Tracking your heart rate tells you exactly how hard- or how easy- you're running.<p>A heart-rate monitor can be a helpful tool in training. Tracking your heart rate with a monitor (which reads your pulse via a sensor built into a chest strap) tells you precisely how hard—or easy—your heart is …

Bananas are just as effective as sugary sports drinks when it comes to post-run recovery, new study claims

Bananas may be a better choice than sports drinks for post-run recovery, suggests a new study published in PLOS One.<p>Researchers compared the effects …

Research

A Zen Master Explains Death and the Life-Force to a Child and Outlines the Three Essential Principles of Zen Mind

“Zen practice … requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.”<p>If death is so enormous a mystery that we remain unable to wrap our grownup minds around it, despite comfort from our great poets and consolation from our great philosophers, how are tiny humans to make sense of it all? …

Meditation

Keeping Quiet: Sylvia Boorstein Reads Pablo Neruda’s Beautiful Ode to Silence

An lyrical reminder to break the momentum of busyness that fuels “the sadness of never understanding ourselves.”<p><i>“Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet…”</i> So begins Wendell Berry’s “How to Be a Poet,” tucked into which is tremendous sagacity on how to be a good human being. <i>“The impulse to</i> …

Literature

Thoreau on Knowing vs. Seeing and What It Takes to Apprehend Reality Unblinded by Our Preconceptions

“We hear and apprehend only what we already half know.”<p><i>“No really creative transformation can possibly be effected by human beings,”</i> physicist David Bohm wrote in examining the nature of creativity, <i>“unless they are in the creative state of mind that is generally sensitive to the differences that</i> …

'It's nothing like a broken leg': why I'm done with the mental health conversation

It’s never been easier to open up – but hashtag healthcare doesn’t help people like me<p>I am bleeding from the wrists in a toilet cubicle of the building I have therapy in, with my junior doctor psychiatrist peering over the top of the door, her lanyards clanking against the lock. Her shift finished …

Mental Health

Cycling as meditation: Can riding help us achieve mindfulness?

Have you ever been out for a ride, lost yourself in the moment, then come home and felt like your mind has been cleansed? Like you’ve figured out the …

Get Stronger to Run Faster

If you want to run faster, you’ve got to do more than just speedwork.<p>​<p>​<p>If you want to run faster, you’ve got to do more than just speedwork. Strength training is a critical—but often neglected component—to runners’ training plans. “I think a lot of runners feel intimidated or put off by weight …

I Did Alternate Day Fasting, and This Is What My Belly Looked Like After 3 Weeks

I sprang into Spring excited to start running more and ended up hurting my knee. I took a month-long break from running and CrossFit classes to heal and also did a bunch of traveling, so I was eating like crap. All that added up to some weight gain, and my usual 16:8 intermittent fasting (IF) …

How to eat like a chef for less than £20 a week

Food sustainability isn’t just about protecting our environment, it’s about protecting us, the consumers, and supporting the farmers who make our food.<p>Affordability is a key element of what a sustainable diet looks like. I call my approach Root to Fruit eating. It is a philosophy that aims to make …

Seasonal Food

Try these exercises to improve your hill running and sprint training

Side Lunge<p><b>Why:</b> Works the quads and glutes.<p><b>How:</b> Step to your right, bending your right knee until your hamstring is parallel to the floor. Push off …

Harry Kane keeps his head and England find a ray of sunshine | Barney Ronay

England’s talismanic captain scores at both ends of the pitch, at both ends of the game and from about three yards each time<p>Oh, Harry. At the end of a fraught, at times puzzling World Cup Group G opener there was an unfamiliar noise around the Volgograd Arena, an odd feeling of lightness in the …

Harry Kane

Best films of 2018 so far

All the Money in the World<p>Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.<p><b>What we said:</b> With the …

Comic Books

The good men: inside the all-male group taking on modern masculinity

'Conversations with other men are usually very superficial. Most men suffer alone' Marvin, at the Huddle<p>As a man, you kept things inside so you could use them as a weapon. But emotions are energy and they have to move Chris, at The Huddle<p>The problem I have with Jordan Peterson is that finding your …

Feminism

To survive our high-speed society, cultivate 'temporal bandwidth' | Alan Jacobs

Our era of relentless social media and soundbites has caused us to lose sight of the past, and future<p>It is hard to imagine a time more completely presentist than our own, more tethered to the immediate; and is hard to imagine a person more exemplary of our presentism than the current president of …

Why Do You Race Faster Than You Train?

A new study finds that endurance athletes can tolerate greater muscle fatigue in competition.<p>There’s nothing more demoralizing than trying to run at your goal race pace in training. Personally, I’ve seldom managed to run even half my race distance at goal pace; and on the rare occasions that I try …

Exactly How to Use Squats to Lose Weight, Run Faster, and Reduce Back Pain

No matter what your body type, there’s a variation out there that can help you get stronger, fitter, and faster.<p>One of the best exercises is one people often botch. But not you, not anymore. We asked Kyle Dobbs, personal training manager at the Wright Fit gym in New York City, to share four ways to …

The Dangers of Belly Fat

If you do nothing else today to protect your health, consider taking an honest measurement of your waist. Stand up straight, exhale (no sucking in that gut!) and with a soft tape measure record your girth an inch or two above your hip bones.<p>The result has far greater implications than any concerns …

Breast Cancer

Dementia risk to 50-year-olds with raised blood pressure – study

Fifty-year-olds with slightly raised blood pressure are at an increased risk of getting dementia in later life, a new study has suggested.<p>Study participants had a greater risk even if they did not have other heart-related problems, the research published in the European Heart Journal said.<p>The …

Dementia

What you should know about riding out of the saddle

There’s something majestic about the sight of a road cyclist in full flight, out of the saddle, dancing their way up a mountain. And while we …

Natural Ways to Cure Your Workout Blues

A naturopath shares her secrets to training success and which non-prescription treatments can cure common running ailments.<p>Ever reach for the Tylenol after a run and feel guilty? Most of us are used to popping a pill or two for virtually every ailment, from hangover to hangnail. Not only is it …

4 Essential Quick-Reads For New Teachers

Do you know what the research says makes a good lesson? You have passed all of your assignments, waved farewellThe post 4 Essential Quick-Reads For …

What is depression and why is it rising?

It’s an illness that fills our news pages on an almost daily basis. Juliette Jowit asks what causes depression, who is susceptible and what the best treatment is

CPR rarely works – why do people have so much faith in it?

Misconception about this brutal, usually unsuccessful procedure abounds. It’s up to doctors like me to tell the truth<p>Death is the only certainty in life and most people will die in a hospital. For such an inevitability, few people consider how it will happen. Dying is a subject that carries great …