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58 years ago today, I was arrested for the first time as a participant in the sit-ins at lunch counters in downtown Nashville. Walking out to the paddy wagons, I tried to walk with a sense of pride & dignity. I felt free, I felt liberated. I felt like I crossed over. #goodtrouble https://t.co/NSwsxarnva

Donald Trump’s Eternal Feud With Blackness

In a presidency defined by its unpredictability, one of the few constants is the president’s eagerness to attack black people for failing to show deference.<p>When, in a game last Sunday in Mexico City versus the New England Patriots, the Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch chose to sit during …

Donald Trump

Lee's Reputation Can't Be Redeemed

The question isn’t whether Robert E. Lee was a successful military commander—it’s why American communities continue to honor a Confederate leader.<p>On Sunday, I published an essay on the myth of Robert E. Lee. The fascinating thing about Dan McLaughlin’s response to that essay in <i>National Review</i> is …

War
Makeup

Dan Ariely

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Being an air-traffic controller is not easy. At the heart of the job is a cognitive ability called ‘situational awareness’ that involves ‘the …

Pedagogy

Year in Review: The Biggest Stories of 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at the stories and news that defined the past year. There is much to cover, but at a high level these are the issues and events that stand out to us: Donald Trump became President-elect after a hard fought and vitriolic campaign that ended with his …

Could yoga nidra be the key to wiping out stress and anxiety…for good?

Raise your hand if your favorite part of yoga class is savasana? If that’s the case—and, let’s be honest, it’s true for all of us at some …

Yoga

How white supremacist hatred drives acts of violence against powerful women

Murderous extremists like Anders Breivik and Dylann Roof are the ugliest faces of a worldwide war against women<p>Last Wednesday Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black people at a prayer meeting in a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June 2015, was declared mentally competent to …

Rights & Freedoms

Obama’s memoirs are going to be extraordinary

Don’t take my word for it: Read through Jonathan Chait’s marvelous “5 Days That Shaped a Presidency” over in New York Magazine, and then click to Vanity Fair’s latest, wherein Obama chats fluently about the arc and churn of American history with the Pulitzer-winning presidential historian Doris …

Political Science
Europe

5 5-Minute Routines That Will Make You Wildly Wealthy and Successful

Success and wealth don't happen in one fell swoop, but maybe they can happen five minutes at a time.<p>Success and wealth don't happen in one fell swoop, but maybe they can happen five minutes at a time. The ultra-wealthy may seem larger than life, but if we break down the habits of millionaires and …

Self-improvement

5 Things Likely to Disrupt Your Project Plan | The Fast Track

So you’re ready to launch a carefully scheduled project plan. You’ve planned backwards and mapped out each stage of the work and who will be …

How the Pareto Principle Can Help You Manage Projects More Effectively - Project Management Hut

How the Pareto Principle Can Help You Manage Projects More Effectively<br>By Michelle Symonds<p>Work less but do more is what the Pareto Principle is all …

Project Management

How Myanmar’s Landmark Election Could Influence One of Its Most Lucrative, and Shady, Industries

It's 5am, and the sun has yet to rise over the Masen Kwang outpost in the Kachin mountains of Myanmar, on the border with China. Soldiers from the Kachin People Militia, operating under the umbrella of the Kachin Independence Army, are gathering around a fire. The men warm their hands above the …

Asia

Oprah’s High Priestess of Public Shaming

Iyanla Vanzant has created a reality series fit for a secular culture that loves spirituality lite.<p>Iyanla Vanzant can make a grown man cry with very little effort. The reality-television host, whose eponymous show runs on the Oprah Winfrey Network, has an aura of emotional seriousness about her: a …

Oprah Winfrey

39 Books to Help You Make Decisions in Life

At Re:Think Decision Making in February, I asked participants to offer up some books on decision making. <i>(If you’d like to be one of the first to know</i> …

Self-improvement

Keeping Quiet: Sylvia Boorstein Reads Pablo Neruda’s Beautiful Ode to Silence

An lyrical reminder to break the momentum of busyness that fuels “the sadness of never understanding ourselves.”<p><i>“Make a place to sit down. Sit down. Be quiet…”</i> So begins Wendell Berry’s “How to Be a Poet,” tucked into which is tremendous sagacity on how to be a good human being. <i>“The impulse to</i> …

Literature

How to Rock Hashtags (And Why You Should) | SEJ

How did a pound sign take over social media? Hashtags seem to be everywhere. Whether you love them or hate them, it’s hard to imagine social media …

Search Engines

The Three Cornerstones Of Kick-Butt Content

The late author Maya Angelou once said, “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never …

19 Best Productivity Web Resources

Use these 19 productivity web resources to dominate your daily projects and tasks so you can get more done and achieve all your goals.

MagicalPad app review: an all-in-one productivity tool

Introduction<p>Rather than open up a bunch of different apps just to do one task, how about a productivity tool that acts as an all-in-one solution? The …

#iPhoneography 📷📱✨ Best photo editing apps for iPhone!

Why settle for mundane or slightly boring pics when you can spruce them up and make them shine with a lil' bit of photo editing!?Updated February, …

Annals of Invention: Poop Spray (to Buy or DIY)

(Video link here.) When a grieving friend came for dinner, the conversation eventually turned from sadness to LOL hilarity. He told us that he had …

Time I

How Foam Rolling Relieves the Pain of Working a Desk

<b>If you work at a desk and typically sit for extended periods of time during the day, you may be suffering from more than just a case of the afternoon</b> …

Marcel Proust Fills Out a Questionnaire in 1890: The Manuscript of the ‘Proust Questionnaire’

Marcel Proust, the author of the great modernist work <i>À la recherche du temps perdu</i> (<i>Remembrance of Things Past</i>), was the very definition of the …