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11 Reasons Your Writing Is Making You Look Bad | Inc.com

You've got to write something important: explain a new initiative, make the case for addressing a competitive threat, or simply compliment someone on a job well done.<p>But if you're not careful about how you write, you could undermine your effectiveness. In fact, mediocre writing can make you look …

Writing

Obituary: Wilford A. Payne / Visionary grew area’s largest network of health centers serving poor people

To much of Pittsburgh, Wilford A. Payne was probably not well known.

Pittsburgh

A Bit Of Afternoon Cheer: Google Charmed By Grandma's Polite Searches

It's been a rough week in the news. And it's been a rough week in comment sections ... and Facebook posts ... and Twitter.<p>If you, like us, could use a bit of Internet <i>delight</i> right now, consider this:<p>That's a tweet by 25-year-old Ben Eckersley, who lives near Manchester, England. He was visiting his …

cheer

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🌈No truer words from #potus #obama🌈 #prayfororlando (📷 by @isabella.carapella)

Europe

Prince, the Secret Philanthropist: 'His Cause Was Humanity'

Activist Van Jones breaks down how the artist helped encourage urban youth to learn technology, live green and slyly bring politicians together<p>It …

Lin-Manuel Miranda Pens Hamilton-Inspired Letter for Congress to Save Puerto Rico

As if there weren't already enough reasons to root for <i>Hamilton</i> creator and <i></i>lead performer <i></i><b>Lin-Manuel Miranda</b>, the composer, lyricist and actor has penned a powerful op-ed piece for the <i>New York Times</i>. His focus? The betterment of his beloved Puerto Rico.<p>Miranda begins his plea by referencing the …

Caribbean

How Schools Are Failing Their Quietest Students

In 2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for <i>The Atlantic</i> in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn …

William Shakespeare's handwritten plea for refugees to go online

Sir Thomas More script is only surviving copy of a play in the bard’s hand and is one of 300 texts being digitised in run-up to British Library exhibition<p>The last surviving play script handwritten by William Shakespeare, in which he imagines Sir Thomas More making an impassioned plea for the humane …

Literature

Leadership and the Power of School Relationships

In the last few weeks I've visited five schools in four states. Each of them educates large numbers of students from low-income homes and students of color, and each is either high-performing or on an impressive improvement trajectory.<p>The schools are different in lots of ways, but one thing …

Education

The Quiet Revolution In Homeless Policy

<i>This post first appeared on StreetSense.org</i>.<p>Homelessness has been with us since Biblical times when, we were told, "the poor you shall always have with you." For too long, we have accepted that as a prediction that we would never solve this intractable social problem, especially for people whose …

Homelessness

Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

Herman Wouk has written a lot of well loved novels like <i>The Winds of War</i>, <i>War and Remembrance</i> and <i>The Caine Mutiny</i>, which won him a Pulitzer Prize. But his latest achievment is a rare one — Wouk reached a milestone that few of us will ever see: the age of 100.<p>Many years ago, a well known biographer …

Books

President's Budget Boosts Funding to Fight Deep Poverty

Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty -- as researchers Kathy Edin and Luke Shaefer detailed in their book, <i>$2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America</i> -- the President's budget includes new initiatives to help deeply poor families improve their …

Income Inequality

Street dreams: The inner life of homelessness

There are more than 12,000 chronically homeless people in Los Angeles, living in third world conditions next door to expensive restaurants and first-class accommodations. Most of us turn away when we pass them in the street; we pretend they don't exist.<p>On Sundays, when the city is quiet, I talk to …

Religion | HuffPost

Religion

Norway's National Library Discovers Rare Atlas — With A Little Help From Reddit

Anders Kvernberg was deep in the vaults of the National Library of Norway when a beautiful atlas caught his eye.<p>So, you know. "It was an ordinary day at work," he says.<p>As a reference librarian, Kvernberg spends his days digging through the library's collections to answer questions from the public — …

Genealogy

With 'Sophia,' A Forgotten Suffragette Is Back In The Headlines

We get so many books in the mail — hundreds every week — that we can't read them all, and sometimes all we can do with a book is say hey, that looks interesting, and file it away on the shelf.<p>That's what happened to Anita Anand's book <i>Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,</i> which was …

Feminism