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CONSUMERS

For three days he was left, unconscious on an embankment,<br>lying amongst the remains of one of his fellow officers. Shortly<br>afterwards Owen was …

Maria Popova Wisdom

I just remembered this brief talk my friend Maria Popova she gave during our 5 year CreativeMornings Birthday in 2013. So many gems!

012: Alex Pang

You’re probably familiar with the term “deliberate practice,” but have you heard about “deliberate rest”? It turns out that high performers have more …

Productivity

Obama puts out list of favorite books he read, songs he listened to in 2017

Former President Obama on Sunday shared a list of the best books he read during 2017, as well as his favorite songs of the year.<p>"During my …

9 Beliefs You Have to Let Go If You Want to Find Inner Peace

<b>“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth.</b> …

Meditation

Real Life Solutions: Lessons from Well-Organized Closets

Have you ever been jealous of someone's closet? I don't mean their clothes or their shoes, but their actual closet space—as someone with a tiny …

No More Unused Space: Fit More Storage in a Tiny Bathroom

When it comes to small space living, making the most of <i>all</i> of your available space is everything. Not everyone has sprawling bathrooms with expansive …

10 Styling Ideas for Small Rental Bathrooms

Many aspects of a rental home are transformable, yet the rental bathroom tends to be a 'you-get-what-you-get-and-you-don't-get-upset' zone because …

Shoe Storage Ideas to Buy or DIY

As someone who's been through the New York City real estate wringer, there's a particular episode of <i>Sex and the City</i> that's burned on my brain: the …

Seven helpful tips on how to be miserable

The internet is chock full of articles and videos on how to be happier. But why chase happiness when making yourself miserable is so much easier? In …

The Gold Leaf: An Enchanting Modern Fable About Possessiveness Redeemed by Unselfish Appreciation of Life’s Shared Wonder

A gentle reminder that the most beautiful things in life belong to no one and to everyone.<p>Wellbeing, argued the great humanistic philosopher and psychologist Erich Fromm in his treatise on having vs. being and how to master the art of living, requires “breaking through one’s narcissism and breaking …

Travel, Food and Home blog + Travel Planner!

Luggage

A Partnership Larger Than Marriage: The Stunning Love Letters of Kahlil Gibran and Mary Haskell

“You are like the Great Spirit, who befriends man not only to share his life, but to add to it. My knowing you is the greatest thing in my days and nights, a miracle quite outside the natural order of things.”<p>Nearly a century after his death, the Lebanese-American painter, poet, and philosopher</b> …

The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”<p><i>“Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,”</i> Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating what poetry does. <i>“Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock,”</i> …

kottke.org

I’ve been a bit lax about getting the word out about this lately — been busy in the content mines and with the Noticing newsletter and I am bad at …

University of Chicago

Tools of Titans

I have a love-hate relationship with Tim Ferriss. I’ve followed his musings on self-improvement, ‘lifestyle design’, and getting shit done for years. …

The Tail End

In a post last year, we laid out the human lifespan visually. By years:By months:And by weeks:While working on that post, I also made a days chart, …

FaceTime

Successful people use these techniques to speak up for themselves—and stay likable

<i>This is a lightly edited transcript of Adam’s TEDx talk in New York in 2016.</i><p>I’ve asked people all over the world about the dilemma of speaking up: When they can assert themselves, when they can push their interests, when they can express an opinion, when they can make an ambitious ask.<p>The range of …

Gender

What the Octopus Knows

A scuba-diving philosopher explores invertebrate intelligence and consciousness.<p>Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness<p>By Peter Godfrey-Smith<p>FSG<p>My love affair with octopuses began when I was 9. On a summer holiday by the sea, I found <i>Octopus and Squid: The Soft</i> …

Why I Stopped Ghosting

In the dating world there’s a looming presence that haunts us all: ghosting. I’ve watched friends get ghosted, been ghosted on, and I’ve even been …

Relationships

An ancient Chinese principle can help you get comfortable with doing less—and make you happier, too

A lot of New Year’s resolutions are aimed at springing into action—whether the goal is losing weight, finding love or moving to a new city. But my main priority now is learning to be still. And the Chinese concept of <i>wu wei—</i>strategic non-action—has helped me do just that.<p>The Tao Te Ching, written in …

Taoism

12 engrossing nonfiction books from 2016 that will expand your brain

Awesome reads for people who love technology, science, history, and geek culture.<p>Sometimes you just want to escape into another world... of facts. …

India has disqualified 255 suspicious political parties. Here’s why.

NEW DELHI — When Prime Minister Narendra Modi abruptly scrapped large bills of India's currency two months ago with the goal of curbing illicit wealth, many citizens asked why he spared the country’s political parties and their opaque funding practices.<p>The number of political parties is growing …

4 Ways to Control Your Emotions in Tense Moments

Twenty-three years ago, one of my employees — I’ll call him Dale — asked for a private meeting. Dale was serious and bookish and had very strong opinions. His work was fastidious. He rarely socialized with colleagues, but he was impeccable in his commitments to others. And he was skilled at his job.<p>…

Emotional Intelligence

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today:<p>1. Do not obey …

Political Science

21 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2016

2016 may have been a terrible year in many ways, but there was still some undeniable good to come out of the past 12 months.<p>For proof, look no …

University of Washington

The Best Feedback Is Always Unexpected – Stretch for Change

It was a usual Monday morning until a tiny postcard turned it into one to remember. I was checking some magazines that had just arrived when a small …

Memory slipping? You might be eating too much sugar

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What does sugar do to our brains?</i> <i>Answer by Keck Medicine of USC, 500+ internationally renowned doctors at a leading academic medical center.</i><p>We all know what sugar does to our waistlines. New studies show its impact on the brain—and it’s not good.<p>As it …

Diabetes