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2-Minute Journal Prompts That Inspire Real Change

These ideas, from the authors of Your Life is a Book, get you writing quickly—about the things you most want to examine. (Our advice: Fill in the …

Writing

DIY Animated Loading Message Birthday Card

Now that it’s been 20 years since Windows 95 came out, make your longtime PC-loving friend a birthday card that illustrates their advanced age by referencing that ancient operating system with this diabolically clever DIY animated loading message birthday card tutorial by Instructables member …

How-To: Champagne Cork Toadstool Magnets

Add a touch of whimsey to your refrigerator door with this easy-to-follow tutorial for making delightful little champagne cork (or any other sparkling white wine cork) toadstool magnets from Aileen at At Home In Love.<p>Ready to give it a try? Click here to see the full how-to.

Flashback: Valentine’s Day Matchbook Card

<b>By Patricia Zapata</b><p>When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of cards and candy boxes. I decided to combine a card with a box-type element and came up with this matchbook card! As you’ll see, this special card also happens to double as wall art.<p>Materials<p><b>2 sheets of letter-sized white card stock<br>1</b> …

Personal Zen Scientifically Reduces Anxiety in 25 Minutes

iOS: Psychology professors have made a new game, Personal Zen, can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals. All it takes is playing the free game for …

The Key to an Always-Tidy House: An Open Door Policy

You may have seen a version of a cartoon that states with exasperation, "I get most of my housecleaning done in the ten minutes before visitors …

Holidays

So Clever! 10 Smart Tips for Storing & Organizing Christmas Decorations

Perhaps it's a bit early to start thinking about putting away all those beautiful decorations that you've probably just put into place. But with a …

Thrifting

House Tour: A Chicago Home Bursting With Bold Colors

<b>Name:</b> Amy Desmond of Victory Market Vintage & Handmade <b><br>Location:</b> Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois <b><br>Size:</b> 700 square feet <b><br>Years lived in:</b> 4<p>There are …

Macy's

Eleanor Roosevelt’s Controversial Love Letters to Lorena Hickok

<b>Eleanor Roosevelt</b> (October 11, 1884–November 7, 1962) endures not only as the longest-serving American First Lady, between 1933 and 1945, but also as one of history’s most politically impactful — a tireless advocate for social change, and a fierce champion of working women and underprivileged youth.<p>…

Why I Write: Joan Didion on Ego, Grammar, and the Creative Impulse

The question of what propels creators, especially great creators, is the subject of eternal fascination and cultural curiosity. In <b>“Why I Write,”</b> originally published in the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> in December of 1976 and found in <b>The Writer on Her Work, Volume 1</b> (<i>public library</i>), <b>Joan Didion</b> — …

The Daily Routines of Great Writers

<i>UPDATE: These daily routines have now been adapted into a labor-of-love visualization of writers’ sleep habits vs. literary productivity.</i><p>Kurt Vonnegut’s recently published daily routine made we wonder how other beloved writers organized their days. So I pored through various old diaries and …

Prisoners Among Us

Andrea Valencia-Bailey sits on a granite slab beneath the Interstate 95 overpass at Main Street Station. Her gaze darts between the street and the …

Virginia Beach

One Sex Trafficking Survivor’s Story

Child advocacy groups estimate that at last one hundred thousand children are trafficked each year in the U.S. They are coerced or abducted by …

Everything You Need to Know About White Balance

The color of light can vary enormously, and this can have a big impact on the way your photographs look. From photographing in sunlight to shooting …

7 Quick Tips to Make Photos of Statues a Little More Interesting

In almost any city there are a heap of great statues that get photographed thousands of times by tourists every year. Nothing wrong with that, but …

With One Photo, The Average Commute Becomes Super Special

Each month on Instagram, we team up with KPCC and suggest a photo assignment for our project Public Square. In October, we wanted to see your commute — that perfectly average and ordinary part of the day that many of us share. Lots of you participated. And one photo in particular had a special …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

The Most Colorful Spot in My House: Nicole Gibbons's Living Room

The interior designer, blogger, and on-air personality of Home Made Simple shares her secret for creating a relaxed, chic space with a touch of plum.<p><b>Color Palette:</b> Gray, blue, and plum<p><b>Space:</b> Living room<p><b>Color Tip:</b> If you're investing in a significant piece of furniture like a sofa, I recommend going …

Before & After: Toppled Chair Becomes Table for Two

We hear a lot about Ikea tweaks and transformations in these here parts, so it’s nice when another furniture brand name gets into the hacking action. …

Snacks

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35 Stocking Stuffers for the Most Fun Christmas Morning

Because good things come in small packages.<p>Fill your family's stockings with a bunch of sweet surprises. These cute picks include something for everyone on your list.

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The Best Cruises of 2014

The cruise industry has taken a publicity hit in recent years following some high-profile accidents and ship malfunctions. The subsequent media frenzy has left a lot of travelers wondering whether taking a cruise is a smart idea.<p><i>Victoria Herring/ Flickr</i><p>The truth is that now may be the best time to …

Royal Caribbean

Watch the Real-Life Anchorman Who Inspired Will Ferrell to Create Ron Burgundy

In a new* *<i>Rolling Stone</i> interview, Will Ferrell reveals the origin story of Ron Burgundy, the satirical 70s anchorman who is currently terrorizing our great nation —its college campuses, grocery aisles, and museums—to promote <i>Anchorman</i>’s upcoming sequel,<i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i>.<p>The actor …

The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York | The Takeaway | WNYC

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly …

Poverty Rate

The Arcanum: An Online ‘Hogwarts’ Where You Can Learn One-on-One from the Pros

In the past, before resumes, interviews and portfolios, there was the master/apprentice relationship. If you wanted to learn a trade, craft or skill, …