Sandra A.

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“I am half agony, half hope”: Jane Austen’s most romantic love scene

When it comes to Jane Austen’s love scenes, there is the letter scene in <i>Persuasion</i>, and then there is everything else.<p><i>Persuasion</i> may not have the sparkling charm of <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>or the satirical bite of <i>Emma</i>, but it is Austen’s most deeply felt, melancholy, and beautiful novel. It is the last …

7 Google hacks to use on your next vacation

Just a few days before embarking on a road trip through Northern Spain, my brother (who does not work for Google, but is a computer nerd), informed …

Google Maps

Gunmen in Egypt Force Coptic Christian Pilgrims From Buses and Kill 28

CAIRO — Dressed in military fatigues, the gunmen waved down the bus filled with Christian pilgrims as it wended its way down a dusty side-road in the desert of western Egypt, headed toward a monastery.<p>Claiming to be security officers, the gunmen ordered the passengers to get out. They separated the …

Extremism

To Be An Effective Leader Keep A Leadership Journal

Teddy Roosevelt did it. Harry Truman did it. Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a leadership journal. As part of my executive coaching work, one of the most effective tools I recommend that powers up the coaching process is a leadership journal. The exercise of leadership is not unlike a sport …

Mindfulness

Books That Help Kids Know and Love Themselves

If you ask most parents, we’ll probably tell you that we want our kids to know who they are and to love themselves. Because it’s both, right? We want …

The Like Button Ruined the Internet

How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place<p>Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments. The original Reader was …

This Is How To Stop Checking Your Phone: 5 Secrets From Research

How long do you think the average work email goes unread? 10 minutes? 5 minutes? <i>1 minute?</i>Try 6 seconds.From Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive …

Time Travel

Inside Donald Trump's War Against the State

At 6:35 a.m. on March 4, President Donald Trump launched an attack against the government of the United States. Deploying his favorite weapon, …

U.S. State Department Issues Holiday Travel Alert for Europe

The advisory, similar to last year's, cites an increased threat of terrorist attacks throughout the winter.<p>Last week, the U.S. State Department issued a Travel Alert for Europe, citing holiday attacks last year on a Berlin Christmas market in early December and a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's …

Why they still hate us, 13 years later

Watching the gruesome execution videos, I felt some of the same emotions I did after 9/11. Barbarism is designed to provoke anger, and it succeeded. But in September 2001, it also made me ask, “Why do they hate us?” I tried to answer that question in an essay for Newsweek that struck a chord with …

The Right's Case of Affluenza

The worst part about a congressman suggesting that disadvantaged kids should ‘sweep the floor’ to earn their lunch is that it’s not an unusual …

Racial Comments Heard by Teenagers on a Daily Basis

<i>Racial Microaggressions</i> is a photo project by Fordham University student Kiyun Kim that addresses the racial comments that she and her peers succumb to on a daily basis. They may not be attacks from organized groups, shunning them for their cultural, ethnic, or religious backgrounds, but the words …

Stereotypes

The 2,000 war veterans lobotomized by their own doctors

In 1945, thousands of soldiers returned to the United States from combat on the Pacific and European fronts of World War II with severe mental trauma. Unable to treat their terrible injuries and illnesses, US Veterans Affairs hospitals lobotomized some 2,000 of them. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is …

This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

School lunch has never been the stuff of foodie dreams. I'm still haunted by the memory of my elementary school cafeteria's "brain pizza" – a lumpy oval thing topped with fleshy white strips of barely melted mozzarella that clumped together like neurons.<p>And it looks like America's school cafeterias …

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Ashton Kutcher vs. Wal-Mart: Epic Twitter clash rages over poverty wages

Kutcher slams retailer: “You should be proud of your associates but I’m not sure if they should be proud of you”<p>Celebrity actor/producer Ashton Kutcher and retail giant Wal-Mart had a spirited Twitter debate Tuesday over Wal-Mart workers’ wages.<p>Kutcher (@aplusk) kicked off the dust-up by tweeting …

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Cuba cracks down on private movie and video game venues

The Cuban government recently began a crackdown on privately-run movie theaters and video game parlors, with its Vice Minister of Culture telling a local newspaper that they promote "a lot of frivolity, mediocrity, pseudo culture and banality," The New York Times reports.<p>The announcement of the …

John Kerry doesn’t know what he’s doing

His tenure as secretary of state has been a mess. But the real problem is our incoherent foreign policy<p>In the 1960s, John Kerry was distinctly a man of his times. Kennedy-esque, he went from Yale to Vietnam to fight in a lost war. When popular sentiments on that war shifted, he became one of the …

The real story of the shutdown: 50 years of GOP race-baiting

A House minority from white districts wants to destroy the first black president, and the GOP majority abets it<p>On the day the Affordable Care Act takes effect, the U.S. government is shut down, and it may be permanently broken. You’ll read lots of explanations for the dysfunction, but the simple …

Holy infographics: the bible visualised

'God is in the detail' - the expression may have been overshadowed by the newer 'the devil is in the detail' but for some people the original idiom still holds true. Scholars have been visualising the holy texts for years but recently, they've taken a turn towards data. Here are some of the most …

Android KitKat unveiled By Google And Nestlé

Google has announced that the next version of its Android mobile operating system will be called ‘Android KitKat’, after Nestlé’s popular chocolate bar.<p>Android has been developed by the company’s engineers under sweet-themed names ever since the release of Android Cupcake in 2009 and continuing in …

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