Melinda McLean

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The New Yorker Stories You Should Read Before the Paywall Goes Up

Yesterday, <i>The New Yorker</i> made all of its magazine pieces since 2007 freely available online for three months. After that time, everything will go …

10 Organizing "Tricks" That Are Actually Huge Mistakes

Make sure you're not making these blunders.<p>Having "a place for everything and everything in its place" doesn't necessarily mean you're organized — it just means you have enough space to become a borderline hoarder. Before you crown yourself queen of organization, make sure you're not making these …

Learn the Basics of Color Theory to Know What Looks Good

Colors are important to making things look good, whether it's the clothes you wear or the presentation you give at work. But not everyone …

UI Design

Just How Likely Is Another World War?

Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014<p>A century ago this month, Europeans stood on the brink of a war so devastating that it forced historians to create a new category: “World War.” None of the leaders at the time could imagine the wasteland they would inhabit four years …

How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard …

Best Summer Trips 2014

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …