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Use the Mortise and Tenon Woodworking Joint for Building Rock Solid Furniture

There's a reason the mortise and tenon joint has been used for thousands of years—it can be carved using basic woodworking tools and it'll last for ages.<p>The mortise and tenon woodworking joint has been used around the world for thousands of years—for good reason. It's considered one of the …

Woodworking: Three Way Joints – Fixing Table Legs

Six ways of fixing legs at corners<p>Three-way joints are essential for making tables, chairs and certain types of framing. Construction methods range …

The Best Books on Political Philosophy

How did you get into political philosophy?<p>It goes quite a long way back. As a teenager, I was very interested in left wing politics. I remember, age …

Political Philosophy

Moving? Here's 28 Tips For Making It Waaaaay Easier

Bookmark this and save yourself a world of stress.<p>20 Brilliant Tips For Furnishing A Small Living Space<p>16 Tiny Home Improvement Hacks That Actually Make A Big Difference<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

DIY

15 Fantastic J. R. R. Tolkien-isms to Live By

"Short cuts make long delays."<p>This weekend marks the 44th anniversary of author J. R. R. Tolkien’s passing. The <i>Hobbit</i> and <i>Lord of the Rings</i> creator …

A psychological analysis of Trump supporters has uncovered 5 key traits about them

The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” Any …

Donald Trump

This Is How Much Praise Kids Really Need

Not surprisingly, frequent praise increases children's wellbeing.<p><i>This content originally appeared on Time.</i><p>To help children thrive emotionally and …

Research

'Organized Enough: The anti-perfectionist's guide to getting and staying organized" (book review)

<b>This is the perfect book for those who want a sort-of tidy house, but find Marie Kondo and the minimalists far too intense.</b><p>“Organized Enough” is the …

A leading happiness researcher says we’re giving our kids bad advice about how to succeed in life

Most parents want their kids to be successful in life—and so we teach them attitudes that we believe will help them achieve their goals. But as I learned while researching my book <i>The Happiness Track</i>, many widely-held theories about what it takes to be successful are proving to be …

Quick breakfast

Jamie Cullum's brunch recipe is a moreish combination of creamy avocado, salty feta, a hint of chilli, topped off with a runny poached egg. Worth …

Healthy And Delicious Vegan Burger Recipes To Try This BBQ Season

Sara Forte, the brains behind healthy-eating, veggie-heavy blog Sprouted Kitchen, shared her wonderful Mushroom Burger with Asian Slaw recipe with …

Up your protein game with this 10-minute spicy vegan taco recipe

Chloe Coscarelli may have built her reputation on cupcakes, tempeh burgers, and sweet potato fries (there’s not a line out the door of By Chloe—the …

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

College professors dole out an incredible amount of required reading to their students.<p>But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, professors at America's most prestigious colleges — those in the top 10, according to US News & World Report — shared with Business Insider the single book …

Think you’re self-aware? Think again | Oliver Burkeman

Genuine self-knowledge relies on coming to see yourself as a stranger<p>The psychologist Tasha Eurich reports that 95% of people think they’re self-aware – that is, conscious of what really makes them tick and how they come across to others – yet only about 10-15% of us truly are. The discrepancy …

Montaigne on Death and the Art of Living

French Renaissance writer <b>Michel de Montaigne</b> (February 28, 1533–September 13, 1592), celebrated as the father of modern skepticism, pioneered the essay as a literary genre and penned some of the most enduring, influential essays in history. Collected in <b>Michel de Montaigne: The Complete Essays</b></i> …

15 Easy One-Pot Vegetarian Dinners

While we've already gone over how well-suited chicken is to making one-pot dinners, there's no reason for meat-eaters to have all the fun. I don't cook a lot of meat during the week, so when I'm putting together a quick weeknight dinner I typically turn to vegetables and grains to make healthy, …

Cooking

5 Things That Parents Can Learn From The Happiest Kids in the World

The authors of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less reveal the secrets of the world's happiest children.<p>In UNICEF's most recent table of well-being the Netherlands came out on top out of 29 industrialized counties. The USA ranked towards …

This Gorgeously Animated Neil Gaiman Poem Examines a Disturbingly Modern Problem

The Visible Poetry Project aims to make poetry more accessible by lifting words off the page and transforming them into short films. The colorful <i>Hate</i> …

STOICISM - MEDITATIONS BY MARCUS AURELIUS ANIMATED BOOK REVIEW

Book Reviews

26 Of The Most Inspirational Lines In Literature

"Not all who wander are lost." – J. R. R. Tolkien<p><b>1.</b> “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”<p>– Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i><p>Submitted by Gina Clark, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”<p>– L.M. Montgomery, <i>Anne of</i> …

The Sane Society: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist Erich Fromm on How to Save Us From Ourselves

“The whole life of the individual is nothing but the process of giving birth to himself; indeed, we should be fully born, when we die.”<p><i>“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure,”</i> Schopenhauer wrote in examining the relationship between genius and insanity, <i>“disposes to madness.”</i> But …

Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist on the Art of Unselfish Understanding

“Understanding and loving are inseparable. If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed.”<p><i>“An experience makes its appearance only when it is being said,”</i> wrote Hannah Arendt in reflecting on how language confers reality upon existence. <i>“And</i> …

50 Of The Best Healthy Dessert Recipes Of All Time

All the sweetness, without all that extra junk.<p>There’s no getting around it, sooner or later the craving for something sweet is going to hit. And when it does, be ready with the best healthy dessert recipes out there. Sure, a little indulgence here and there doesn’t hurt, but eating these healthy …

Helping a first-grader cope with life’s disappointments

By Meghan Leahy<p>Meghan Leahy<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>Q: I just put my first-grader on the bus. Right before that, I had received a text that said he wouldn’t be able to go to a friend’s house as planned because his friend had become sick. He asked me to see whether he could go to another friend’s house and</i> …

Parenting

Richard Feynman’s “Notebook Technique” Will Help You Learn Any Subject–at School, at Work, or in Life

Richard Feynman knew his stuff. Had he not, he probably wouldn't have won the Nobel Prize in Physics, let alone his various other prestigious …

The Tragic Heroism of Hopefulness: The Myth of Sisyphus in a Gorgeous 1974 Oscar-Nominated Hungarian Animation

An evocative homage to one of humanity’s most human heroes by the great Hungarian graphic artist and animator Marcell Jankovics.<p>Standing among the most memorable heroes of Greek mythology is Sisyphus — the prince whose moral foibles Zeus punished by dooming him to roll a boulder up a hill …

Heroism

Introduction to Philosophy: A Free Online Course

From John Sanders, Professor of Philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, comes <i>Introduction to Philosophy</i>. In 10 lectures, Sanders' course …