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The Secrets of Emmanuel Macron’s Ruthless Radical Centrism

Take a closer look and Macron’s method of dealing with Trump tells you a lot about how Macron came to power as a centrist in an age of …

North Africa

How to Reduce Stress Like a Navy SEAL

These are stressful, uncertain times. How are we supposed to be calm and productive workers amid all this chaos?<p>There is one simple way to cage the …

Military

Want to better understand the Trump presidency? Give 'Moby-Dick' another read

I have spent many anguished hours pondering how it is that a man of such low character and dubious qualifications occupies the Oval Office. I've spent even longer trying to understand his presidency. I've pored over polls and research papers, absorbed an ocean of think pieces. None has solved the …

Literature

What I Learned About Swedish Death Cleaning After Experiencing My Own Loss

As I stood atop a makeshift ladder, an old door atop two sawhorses, with a mask over my face, pulling down pieces of wood that were covered in dust that may have been there from the 1920s Dust Bowl, I found myself resenting my grandparents and their parents for holding onto all this junk. I then …

Minimalism

The 100 novels Americans love the most, based on a survey of thousands

In 2018, Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire and Fury</i> and James Comey’s <i>A Higher Loyalty</i> have captured US readers with juicy insights into the Trump White House. But what books bring Americans deep, blithe pleasure?<p>Starting in May, PBS will run a series called <i>The Great American Read</i>, in which journalist Meredith …

Literature

How Firing 1 Employee Nearly Doubled My Company's Productivity

One of my employees was regularly late to work. Sadly--but not surprisingly--she was late to her own firing, too.<p>Company culture is a strange thing: If you don't proactively work to shape it, it will shape itself. Two years ago, I had an employee who was consistently late to work. Alexandria was an …

Times Square

5 Scientifically-Based Presentation Hacks to Captivate Any Audience

Your audience gets bored easily. Create multisensory experiences to keep their attention.<p>Molecular biologist John Medina once told me, "The brain does not pay attention to boring things." The statement profoundly shaped my approach to communication skills. My mission is to give readers the tools …

Public Speaking

Tempted to buy a beach house? How to make the dream a reality

It’s been the sort of cold, dreary winter that brings Canadians to consider escaping to the sun and sand. Snowbirds may also be tempted to make their diversion a regular – or semi-permanent – thing by purchasing their own beach house in a warm place.<p>But buyer beware, experts say. The economics of …

Real Estate

Magic Moments

Carlingnose dawn

On Sea

My 13 Favorite Productivity Tools

When you think of productivity tools, you probably think of apps and other technological tools. Unfortunately, apps are not the route to greater productivity. As a matter of fact, technology often consumes more time than it saves. Here are my 13 favorite productivity tools, none of which require …

Productivity

The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder review – chilling and unignorable

Even presidents who don’t believe in history need a historian to rely on. When asked, in 2014, by a delegation of students and history teachers for his chosen chronicler of Russia’s past, Vladimir Putin came up with a single name: Ivan Ilyin.<p>Ilyin is a figure who might have been easily lost to …

Russia

Librarians explain how to lend books to your friends

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related topics.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of April 8, 2018.<p>At Electric Literature, Erin …

Books

Try This Sequence of 5 Fantastic Ab Exercises

The Pilates series of five is a popular sequence of Pilates mat ab exercises that you can put in any workout you do. If you are basically following …

Workouts

Here Are 7 Brilliant Insights From Noam Chomsky on American Empire

Click here for reuse options! As Trump strikes Syria for the second time, here are seven powerful quotes on the evils, atrocities and ironies of the …

War

How to lead with influence instead of authority

Clearly, leadership potential exists within each of us. That potential can be triggered by outside events, or it can be learned by exploring …

Leadership

Want to Hire a Good Leader? Just Ask These Three Questions

This is a simple method to quickly identify people with strong leadership qualities.<p>In order to build a leadership team for your organization, you need to be able to identify the qualities of a good leader. Recently, at the Wharton People Analytics Conference in Philadelphia, General Motors CEO and …

Leadership

101 simple ways to spend less and save more

<b>No matter what you’re saving money for—whether it’s to build up an emergency fund, pay off debt faster or plan ahead for a big vacation or first</b> …

Personal Finance

She slapped a Nazi in the face and staged one of the most dramatic acts of wartime rebellion

Mala Zimetbaum was the first Jewish woman to escape Auschwitz and she refused to let the Nazis decide her fate<p>“I will die a heroine, but you will die …

World History

Ockham's Razor

William of Ockham (c.1287-1347)<p>Probably on April 10, 1347, English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher and theologian <b>William of Ockham</b> passed …

British Philosophy

Retirement surprises: What retirees wish they had known

Retirement isn’t exactly as expected for many, with surprises including a younger-than-expected retirement age and higher health care costs, according to the Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index.<p>Nearly one quarter of retired investors say they stopped working earlier than …

Retirement

The Right and Wrong Way to Manage Up at the Office

Don’t assume good work will speak for itself—the burden is usually on you to find a way to communicate with your boss<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>It’s an ability that can shape your career more than almost any other—but many …

Leadership

67 Years Ago, a General Delivered One of History's Most Famous Speeches--and Showed Exactly How You Should End a Presentation

It's one of history's most famous. The closing explains why<p>You've probably read plenty about how to hook your audience in the first 60 seconds of your presentation. Let's talk about how to close with just as much power.<p>Closings are key--they're your last chance to leave a lasting impression. Last …

Public Speaking

An Open Letter To My Shelter Dog's First Owner

Yesterday we put our dog down. When I say “our,” I mean me and my husband ― but also you, our dog’s first owner.<p>For the more than eight years that I’ve known Lestat, I’d held contempt for you. Less than a week after his fifth birthday, you left him at the shelter with the excuse that you were …

Pets

These Are the Most Elite Special Operations Forces in the U.S.

These Are the Most Elite Special Operations Forces in the U.S.

Social Security Wants You to Do These 5 Things to Plan for Retirement

Find out why April is the month to get started.<p>Social Security is a key program that pays benefits to tens of millions of Americans each and every …

Retirement

10 habits of mentally strong people

Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer …

Self-improvement

What Is a Roth IRA? Everything You Need to Know

The Roth IRA is the golden child of the retirement planning world. Investors, financial advisors and online brokers have been singing the praises of …

Retirement

2 forms of exercise are the best way to stave off the effects of aging — here's how to incorporate them into your life

One of the most powerful means of reaping these benefits is exercise — and in many cases, you already have everything you need to get it: a body.<p>As we age, two forms of exercise are the most important to focus on: aerobic exercise, or cardio, which gets your heart pumping and sweat flowing, and …

Exercise