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C.S. Lewis on Why We Read

<i>“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,”</i> Rebecca Solnit wrote in her gorgeous contemplation of why we read. A century earlier, Kafka asserted in a memorable letter to his childhood friend that “a book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Indeed, the question of what …

Here's What It's Like to Live in the Coldest City on Earth

With much of the country blanketed in icy air, you may feel like <i>you</i> live in the coldest place on earth. But your hometown is probably positively …

56 Thoughts You Have The First Time You Watch "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"

Buffy should really invest in a sports bra.<p>1. Wait, is this the intro?<p>2. Was it necessary for them to break a window?<p>3. I love breaking literal windows to make out in a empty high school. Soo sexy.<p>4. Oh my god what happened to this girl's face?<p>5. I guess sexy vampires weren't a thing in the '90s, …

“She has the flu — and I hear she’s amazing in it”: The art of the Meryl Streep awards-ceremony “burn”

Meryl is the ultimate awards season punch line — so we investigate some greatest hits of the Streep joke genre<p>One of the lowest points of last night's Golden Globes was a tone-deaf segment in which Margaret Cho played the "newest member of the HFPA," a North Korean journalist/general who had come …

Six Tips on Disciplining Children from an Experienced Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from …

Parenting

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

8 Simple Tactics to Improve Office Morale

Office morale can make or break a business's productivity. Here's how to identify symptoms of lowered morale, and eight ways to improve it.<p>To some business owners, "office morale" seems like a term invented by employees who simply want to have more fun at work. However, it's a very important …

Employee Engagement

pope francis in PH 2015: where to see him, when

Because the Pope is coming in less than a week, here’s a map of the places he’s visiting while he’s in the country from <b>Jan 15 to Jan 19</b>.<p><b>Pope Francis</b> …

weekend round-up: black holes, bullies, not giving a fuck and Charlie Hebdo

<i>This weekend round-up will look you in the eye and not back down.</i><p>Hi. Welcome to this year’s first weekend round-up. Things escalated <i>so quickly</i> in …

FORCEdraft Doesn't Let You Quit Writing Until You Hit Your Goal

Windows: We've all done it: in the middle of writing you get a notification that looks a lot more interesting, then another, and another. Suddenly, …

Writing

2015 Will Have An Extra Second, So Humanity Doesn’t Lose Track Of Its Place In The Universe

The time it takes for the Earth to spin one full rotation on its axis is affected by the seasonal changes of the trade winds, the changing ocean …

Earth Science

Leak Your Own Government Scandal With These Templates

In 2013, former NSA administrator Edward Snowden changed the world by leaking an enormous amount of documents detailing a massive surveillance program the government had been secretly carrying out, recording detailed information about practically anyone with an internet connection. Almost more …

The New Habit Challenge: Can A “Life Audit” Help Us Accomplish Our Goals?

It’ll take some time, and a lot of honesty, but if we write all of our desires down and share them, will it help us finally get them done?<p>Sure, we may be a little skeptical about all the hype behind New Years Resolutions–we’re more into lasting positive habit change than impersonal pledges you just …

Productivity

The Best And Worst Things About Turning 30, Visualized

We all learn about puberty in middle school health class, but there’s usually not much education on the changes that take place when you turn 30. Over at the <i>Bold Italic</i>, Cecelia Rabess and Jessica Saia have created a series of funny charts and graphs that describe what it’s like to enter your …

Knowing When to Fire Someone

George is the most talented, productive executive Roy ever had to fire.<p>George had pulled off a string of celebrated victories and won a reputation as a strong performer. Having been hired to lead his hospital’s compliance program as regulations grew increasingly complex, he had put the policies and …

Management

Stop Enabling Gossip on Your Team

Every Friday, the CEO of a prominent tech company (I’ll call him Ken), gathers his troops in the courtyard of their campus for critical updates. The level of candor in these meetings is impressive but the most fascinating part — and what makes this company so unique, is the Q&A that follows. It’s a …

Management

How the Charlie Hebdo attack and manhunt unfolded day by day, city by city

The men who French police allege murdered 12 people in or around the Charlie Hebdo offices were killed in a standoff with security forces on Friday, seemingly bringing some resolution to this week’s wave of dramatic violence and fear.<p>The deaths of the suspects, brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, …

Terrorism

Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients

The Snuggling Industry Takes Off, but Clothes Stay On; Spooning or Tickling Sessions for a Fee<p>Kimberly Kilbride is a professional cuddler.<p>For $80 an hour, or up to $400 for an overnight gig, the 33-year-old mother of three dons flannel pajama bottoms, puts away her family pictures and two pit bull …

Lifestyle

The Genius Of Taylor Swift's Girlfriend Collection

Swift has spent the last two years "making friendship fun." But her choice of Instagram girlfriends is also an incredibly savvy image maintenance strategy.<p>Around the October 2012 release of <i>Red</i>, when Taylor Swift had spent the gossip year linked with several boys — Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, …