Lauren Richardson

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I sold my body (and nearly my soul) to Abercrombie

As a manager, I did corporate’s bidding — by discriminating against staffers and customers who weren’t “quality”<p>It happened innocently enough: I was at a job fair on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus when a man in his late thirties approached me.<p>“Hey, you look collegiate and quality,” he said to me. ”You …

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

John Luther Adams, whose music is inspired by — and sometimes performed in — natural landscapes, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his symphonic work <i>Become Ocean</i>. The Pulitzer jury described the piece as "a haunting orchestral work that suggests a relentless tidal surge, evoking thoughts of …

22 Fresh Single Page Websites for Your Inspiration

After navigating through the wilderness of search results, a unique visitor has landed on your page, and you’ve got one shot to make things work. For …

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Runners

Do these exercises consistently, and you’ll run faster and stronger.<p>Whenever the topic of strength training and running comes up, most runners tend to respond with, “Wait, I’m supposed to do something other than running?” Supplementing running with strengthening exercises will not only aid in …

How to Build Mental Muscle

New research reveals that if you really want that PR, you have to train your brain—hard.<p>I spring out of bed, pull on my shorts and trainers, slather on sunscreen, and sit down at my computer. It's 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning in mid-May, two weeks before the start of my first marathon, and time for …

Why Cities Work Even When Washington Doesn't

The case for strong mayors<p>Is America in an irreversible decline? Four years ago, when I came home after a long stay in China, many people viewed China as unstoppable, while America seemed to be falling apart. Fortunately, what I heard from economists, historians, entrepreneurs, and others I …

invisible by laura williams

A 26-Story History of San Francisco

What Yelp's new headquarters, the recently renovated landmark 140 New Montgomery, could teach the city's tech scene<p><b>1</b><p>140 New Montgomery is the San Francisco headquarters of Yelp. The local business information company occupies nine floors of a newly refinished building that once served as the …

Weekly Innovation: Paper Notebooks That Become Digital Files

Each week, we highlight an innovation you might not have heard of yet. This week's innovation is a twist on something invented thousands of years ago: paper.<p>The St. Louis-based team of Marshall Haas and Jon Wheatley are selling classic, quality-made hardbound notebooks. But there's more. After you …

FTC investigation could topple Herbalife's alleged pyramid scheme

An increasingly aggressive consumer protection agency is finally taking on its biggest — and most obvious — target<p>Nearly 15 months ago, Wall Street hedge fund manager Bill Ackman placed a billion dollar Wall Street bet that Herbalife, the nutritional supplement company, was an illegal pyramid …

Ask yourself if your office needs more MBAs—or grownups

Is the MBA of value?<p>Putting cost aside, I would say that an MBA would definitely be of value if it actually taught you to be masterful at administering a business. Every endeavor of any significant size needs some level of administration—or what I call “adult supervision.”<p>I went for a part-time MBA …

Employment

Letter Grades Deserve an 'F'

The adoption of the Common Core could usher in a new era of standards-based grading.<p>Letter grades are a tradition in our educational system, and we accept them as fair and objective measures of academic success. However, if the purpose of academic grading is to communicate accurate and specific …

A Suspension Workout in the Wilderness

A new anytime exercise idea is getting a lot of attention, at least among those inclined to venture into nature and hang from things.<p>"I got into great shape in this mud hut in Ethiopia. The best shape I've ever been in."<p>You know that feeling when you really want to blast your core and delts, but …

The Man Working to Cure His Own Cancer

How one college student turned his struggle with chordoma into a successful research foundation<p>In January 2006, when Josh Sommer was still an aspiring environmental engineering student at Duke University on winter break, he began experiencing debilitating headaches out of nowhere. Though he felt …

How a Leopard Seal Fed Me Penguins

Photographer describes assignment that "will stay with me forever."<p>While documenting leopard seals in Antarctica for a 2006 <i>National Geographic</i> magazine story, photographer Paul Nicklen had an experience that he says "will stay with me forever" (see Nicklen's photos). That experience has recently …

Your High School Transcript Could Haunt You Forever

How big data could create an inescapable "permanent record"<p>Arizona State University, like many colleges across the United States, has a problem with students who enter their freshman year ill prepared in math. Though the school offers remedial classes, one-third of students earn less than a C, a …

Psychology: 'An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind'

An interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness<p>Over the last decade, Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert has become a prominent voice in the public sphere. His 2006 book <i>Stumbling on Happiness</i>, translated in over 30 languages, became an international bestseller, triggering …

Findery: Caterina Fake Launches New App for iOS

After more than a year as a Web app, Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake is today unveiling the iOS incarnation of her latest startup – Findery.<p>Though the app has been available previously in Australia as a test-bed of sorts, this heralds the official launch of the native app internationally, and it …

Beyond the Seven Summits

I’m not a professional mountaineer, nor do I think paying an experienced guide makes me one.<p>Nevertheless, I am an avid hiker and the allure of altitude always draws me in. So when I heard about an opportunity to join a mountaineering expedition on Mount Aconcagua–South America’s highest peak–in the …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

How to Harvest Creative Writing Ideas from the News

The news is a great source of writing ideas.Creative people are always looking for inspiration, and writers are no exception.We look to the people in …

Creative Writing

75 Books Every Writer Should Read

Whether you want to make writing your career or just want to know how to improve your writing so that you can pass your college courses, there is …

15 Truly Breathtaking Pools From Around The World

Forget the world's most crowded swimming pool. If you're planning a vacation in the future, why not treat yourself to a dash of luxury and check into …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>Sporty pants worn the least sporty way.<p>By Megan Gustashaw1 day agoView More<p>Style<p>Ronnie Fieg talks about his label's new multi-brand, …

Chocolate, Almond and Date Energy Bites | Vintage Mixer

I’ve been blogging for a long time you guys. This post is originally from 2011. That’s right, I have been making these energy bites a.k.a. date and …

Pumpkin Banana Bread

For those times when you want to come to the party with a traditional basket of baked goods, try your hand at this seasonal and delicious pumpkin …

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cakes with Apple-Pecan Compote Recipe

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. My family has endured multiple dentist and doctor appointments, a teen sleepover/surprise birthday party (not for …

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

30 Minutes or less“I like to experiment with cooking,” says contest winner Kayla Capper. “I came up with the idea for these dessert wontons as a way …

Food

Honeyed Sweet Potatoes

21<p>SHARES<p>Sweet potatoes and apples get baked with a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon, then puréed to a creamy …

Sweet Potatoes