Mel Cramer

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10 Tips For Getting Started With Mindfulness In The Classroom

10 Tips For Getting Started With Mindfulness In The Classroom by Kelly April Tyrrell and TeachThought Staff ed note: this post has been updated from …

Mindfulness

This Two-Minute Video Is A Basic Guide To Meditation

Meditation is a simple exercise with all sorts of productivity and health benefits. If you’ve never done it before, this video does an excellent job …

Google Drive is dying -- time to update

The desktop program for backing up files to Google's cloud is changing. Get to know the new system now.<p>Transcript<p>Time to say good bye to the Google Drive app. Google announced the backup program has three months to live. But don't panic, it's actually not that big of a deal. You see, the whole …

Google Drive

10+ Genius Camera Hacks That Will Greatly Improve Your Photography Skills In Less Than 3 Minutes

Professional photography gear costs thousands of dollars but you can take stunning pictures by spending only a fraction of the cost. If you have the …

Silicon Valley is obsessed with meditation, and there’s new evidence it changes the brain for the better

The idea of sitting in a quiet room doing nothing for a few minutes each day might sound absurd — unless you understand how meditation works.<p>By giving our bustling mind a dedicated break from its day-to-day worries, meditation appears to empower it to run more efficiently. A growing body of …

50 must-see attractions in Paris

Narrowing down your Paris attractions hitlist can be tricky, with so many sights and so little time to see them. It doesn't matter if you're a …

France

11 Salad Dressing Recipes to Help You Kick the Bottled Stuff

Salads don't always get a lot of love. They often feel like a chore, something you force yourself to eat to feel less guilty about the more interesting food on your plate. But a salad can be just as exciting as any other part of a meal, and the easiest way to improve your salads is to lose the …

‘Just Breathe’: This Short Film Illustrates How Mindfulness Helps Kids Manage Their Emotions

If you have kids, you know a little something about the great, <i>big</i> emotions they have. In fact, one of the hardest things about being a parent is …

Mindfulness

Adobe Debuts New Photoshop Tutorial Series on YouTube for Beginners

Adobe has launched a new Photoshop tutorial series for beginners on its YouTube channel, titled “3, 2, 1… Photoshop!”<p>The series is hosted by Adobe …

Running of the Bulls in Spain: Pictures

Cities

The Best Points of Interest in France for a Whirlwind Tour

A tourist attraction since Caesar, France has long set the standard for art, architecture, food, fashion, philosophy.<p>And with 83 million …

A Photo Tour of the Tour de France

Tour de France

5 Breathing Exercises To Increase Focus

While change and challenge are part of life, what if we could effectively manage our response to stress and not merely survive but thrive in today’s …

Yoga

60-Second Meditation To Start Your Day off Right

Find a comfortable position to sit in, and press play. I'll guide you through a one-minute meditation that will help you set the tone for the rest of …

3-Minute Mindful Practice To Start Your Day

Use this three-minute meditation to set a positive intention for your day, and even for the rest of the year if you're game! It will provide focus, …

How to photograph the sunset

Have you ever photographed an unbelievable sunset and uploaded your image only to discover that it fails to capture the beauty of the sky you …

Landscape Photography

6 Ways to Use Live View to Get Sharper Images

The LED monitor on the back of a camera is most often used to review captured images. But here’s a tip: Live View can also be a useful tool, helping …

What Order to Organize Your Home

01 of 04<p>Storage Spaces<p>Your storage spaces are the place to begin organizing. Once you dive deeper into your house, you're going to be doing a lot of …

Living Rooms

No, You Don't Need A DSLR Camera For Christmas

Ok, the average Fstoppers.com reader probably could use a new DSLR (digital single lens reflex camera) for Christmas, but I'm not writing this for …

Cameras

Three Ways To Improve Your Photographic Eye

When I started getting serious about photography, I stopped concentrating on gear and started concentrating on developing a photographic eye. …

Sharp Photography Tips & Techniques

There are lots of ingredients that go into making a spectacular photograph, but the most important is for the picture to be in sharp focus. Even the …

Landscape Photography

Tips for Creating Outdoor Portraits

These tips are a follow-up to my previous article about 6 Tips for Taking Better Natural Light Classic Portraits, and the process of creating simple …

Mexican Day of the Dead Celebrations Bring Creativity to Life

A celebration of mixing pre-Hispanic customs, like human sacrifice and Catholicism.<p>The Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead is a mixture of symbols and practices of the pre-Hispanic indigenous and Spanish missionaries. Led by Saint Francisis of Assisi in the 16 century, the observence tradition is …

Step inside the Catacombs, Paris’ most bizarre tourist attraction

Hidden beneath the vibrant European city of Paris is an eerie network of old caves and tunnels housing the remains of 6 million people: the Catacombes de Paris.<p>They were used by the French Resistance to hide from Nazis in World War II, and ironically, by the Nazis to built an underground bunker.<p>In …

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon

Light festivals—from the spiritually steeped Hindu holiday Diwali to the newer contemporary art-focused events like SIGNAL in Prague—have become much-loved around the world. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location, there's a shared human awe and appreciation for the beauty of lightness …

30 tips every new iOS 8 user should know

Apps

13 Things You Never Knew About The Eiffel Tower

And no landmark is more greatly associated with France than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which was completed 125 years ago after 2 years, 2 months, and 5 days of construction.<p>It stood as the gateway for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World's Fair) in honor of the 100th anniversary of the storming …

7 Reasons You Should Teach Your Children To Speak French

The New Republic's John McWhorter recently came out with an essay on why we should stop pretending French is an important language.<p>The piece comes in response to a New York Times article about a new initiative from the French government to increase the amount of French instruction in American …

A Literary Tour of Paris

Paris is, and always has been, a moveable feast for writers. For centuries, impecunious and erstwhile unknown writers have flocked to the City of Lights to cut their teeth and soak up the city's intoxicating and never-ending sources of inspiration. Every summer I return to this city in the hope of …