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The Tennessean

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The Important Thing About Yelling

I cherish the notes I receive from my children -- whether they are scribbled with a Sharpie on a yellow sticky note or written in perfect penmanship on lined paper. But the Mother's Day poem I received last spring from my first-born daughter left a profound impact.<p>It was the first line of the poem …

Parenting

2013: The year in whiteness

From Phil Robertson to Megyn Kelly, peddling white grievance became a bigger, crazier, more lucrative racket<p>Maybe it was the very fact of enjoying a wonderful Christmas with my family and friends, against the manufactured backlash to a nonexistent “War on Christmas,” that let me appreciate the …

Duck Dynasty nutbag advised men to marry 15-year-old girls

Add creepy misogyny to Phil Robertson’s list of attributes, along with homophobia and racism<p>Anti-gay racist Phil Robertson unsurprisingly harbors vile misogyny too. In footage recovered from a 2009 Christian retreat, the reality TV personality advised men to marry 15-year-old women.<p>“Look, you wait …

Accomplish Any Goal by Doing Something Small, Every Day

It takes time to do anything worthwhile, but thankfully, we don't need it all in one chunk. So this year, forget about the year as a whole. Forget …

Jerry Garcia

Show Us Your Paper Notebook

Sometimes, there's just no substitute for the flexibility that paper notebooks offer. Maybe that's just how you keep notes or maybe your paper …

Benjamin Franklin’s Daily Schedule

<i>Benjamin Franklin was an amazing man</i>. If you don’t know who he is (<i>you should</i>), then he is the guy on the American $100 Bill, one of the founding …

Benjamin Franklin

4 reasons our political dysfunction isn't going to end soon

If there’s one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on, it’s that American politics is broken. Compromise is a dirty word, the nation’s problems go …

Mastering the art of conversation: 7 steps to being smooth

In <i>The Art of Conversation: A Guided Tour of a Neglected Pleasure</i>, Catherine Blyth gives some great tips on handling the subtle nuances of polite …

30 Vital Things Your Future Self Will Thank You For

Once upon a time, we were our past selves. We went along either with future intentions in mind or simply drifting with the tide. Did we ever think …

Self-improvement

7 Ways to Inspire Truly Great Ideas

<i>The power of a truly great idea can’t be understated</i>. With one great idea, y<i>ou could build a multi-million dollar business</i>. You could solve the …

Creativity

(Images) 52 Motivational Picture Quotes For An Epic Year Of Success

<i>Quotes have the power to change our perspective and motivate our minds</i> to achieve amazingly wonderful things in life.<p>I have lived an amazingly …

5 Motivational Lessons Michael Jordan Taught Us

I’ve been <b>blogging since 2014</b> and I wanted to share with you what it’s like. This serves two purposes: one it might inspire you to do the same or two …

Motivation

4 Rapport Building Hacks: A Cheat Sheet for Quickly Building Rapport With Anyone

We all know how important relationships are, and I’m sure most of us are working diligently to create better relationships in our lives. But what’s …

Body Language

12 Stand Out Quotes From Paulo Coelho’s Amazing Book “The Alchemist”

If I was to choose one fable to recommend to you, one that has truly impacted my life dramatically, I’d say that it would be “The Alchemist” by Paulo …

Motivation

How & Why You Should Live A Life of Integrity

Have you ever stopped to assess how honest you are? Most people lie almost every single day, or at least omit the truth, and hide their real thoughts …

15 Thoughts That Will Lead You To Success

Success is a very complex phenomenon that cannot be summed up in a few sentences. <i>To achieve success you must strive very hard to meet your goals</i>, and …

Motivation

The 5 Hidden Warning Signs That You Have Low Self Confidence (And HOW to Fix It!!)

<i>I became a Confidence Coach for two reasons:</i> firstly, I feel completely alive when I coach people because I am living my purpose, and secondly, I …

10 Ways To Make You Closer To Your Family

How close is your family?<p>One of the biggest challenges, if not <i>the</i> biggest challenge, facing the U.S. today is the breakdown of the traditional family …

10 Feel Good Thoughts for a Bad Day

<b>We are all in this together.</b> – Nobody has it easy, we all have issues. When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. …

20 Things to Start Doing in Your Relationships

Family isn’t always blood. They’re the people in your life who appreciate having you in theirs – the ones who encourage you to improve in healthy and …

Communicate Better with Your Significant Other with These 10 Rules

No matter how smart you think you are, communicating with your significant other is never easy. That said, it's not impossible, and according to The …

Wall Street

How to Be More Charismatic | The Art of Manliness

Are you a senior in high school running for Student Council President?<p>Are you an entrepreneur looking to make a successful pitch and attract …

10 Business Networking Tips: Grow Your Professional Network

<b>Why Build an Awesome Professional Network?</b><p>People do business with people they know, like and trust. Companies don’t make decisions, people do. Your …

How to Move up within a Company – Career Progression Secrets

This is for the people out there who want to have a bigger positive impact and be more influential within their company. This is not for ‘climbers’ …

Always Think Positive

Always think positive. Squash all negative thoughts.<p>In a study at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota patients were given a personality test that …

Be nice to people on your way up

20 Habits that can Make You Successful

Chances are, you want to improve your life. If so, then perhaps you should try your hand at these 20 habits that can make you more successful in life.