Stephanie Hairston

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5 Critical Weight Loss Tips

Skip anything with sugar. Forego all fats. Stop eating after 7 p.m. When it comes to weight loss tips, it seems like there are a million and one …

Nutrition

5 Ways To Improve Your Author (Or Any) Website Immediately

You’ve finished writing your book and you’re publishing it. Congratulations! Your website may be the last thing you want to think about, but it …

Social Media

4 Ways To Remove Padding Words - Writers Write

Modifiers and qualifiers are padding words that add little to your writing, but they sneak in anyway. Take note of the words: a bit, a lot of, …

Creative Writing

Why are book editors so expensive??

I’m going to let you in on a secret.<p>Book editors are expensive.<p>Ooh, are you shocked? “But aren’t you One Of Them??” I hear you say.<p>Yes I am. But I’m …

Writing

The death of the art gallery? Japan's new digital museum may offer a glimpse of the future

I’ve stood beneath waterfalls, scattered trails of petals, followed shoals of fish, wandered through rice fields, bounced on a galaxy of planets, surrounded myself with waves - and now my teacup is exploding with flowers.<p>Forget staring at a painting in a white-walled gallery. The world of art …

Remote Landscapes and Abandoned Structures Momentarily Transformed by Colorful Plumes of Smoke | Colossal

<p>Billowing clouds of smoke burst upon rugged mountainous terrains, deserted architecture, and blossoming fields. These vibrant, ethereal sceneries …

Nikon D-series

Why Are People So Unproductive in Short Windows of Time?

Who knows where the last hour went.<p>Have you ever decided to take the next hour before you have to go to get something done, and then mysteriously failed to accomplish anything? If so, you're not alone. This phenomenon, when knowing that the available time has a limit keeps you from using it to its …

Research

18 Places to Travel with Your Dog

More places than ever are catering to canines.<p>With roughly 60 million pup-filled households in the U.S., travel is going to the dogs. Once the exception, pet-friendly policies are gaining traction across North America. Here are a few of our favorite spots to visit with Fido.

Pets

Less Work, More Power

Talk to workers in any sector, in any workplace and sooner or later they’ll get to their frustrations with their ever-increasing workloads: “I’m …

Socialism

From Mouth to Mind: How Language Governs Our Perceptions of Gender

Take a second and try to talk about a person without mentioning gender. If English is your native tongue, odds are you failed. But if you had been …

Language

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world<p>Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them<p>By Joshua Greene<p>Penguin<p>Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil<p>By Paul Bloom<p>Crown<p>In 1999, Joshua Greene—then a philosophy graduate student at …

The Unbearable Awkwardness of Automation

The machine age is changing the nature of work. In the process, it is also transforming buildings, and making them less hospitable for human use.<p>On June 27, 1967, a Barclays bank in Enfield, London, debuted what is widely regarded as the first automatic teller machine, or ATM. The machine dispensed …

Customer Service

Confessions of a True-Crime Re-Enactor: Inside TV’s Hottest, Most Morbid Genre

Investigation Discovery, which exclusively airs true-crime series, is cable’s most watched network by women. To understand why, we became a dramatic …

TV

Have we forgotten how to die?

London Bridge

Maximize Your Setting: Bringing Locations, Eras and Worlds to Life on the Page

<b>When the reader can feel as if they are physically in your story’s setting, they will be more inclined to let themselves experience what the</b> …

Creative Writing

Quit Your Job

The surprising benefits of taking your 20s to use the labor market as a laboratory, rather than commit to the first company that happens to hire you<p>My friends sometimes approach me with career anxieties, under the false impression that writing about economics makes somebody a good career advisor. …

The Best Sentence in Atlantic History?

After the Battle of Antietam, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote a gripping story about his search for his wounded son. But one of the most memorable lines had nothing to do with the Civil War.<p>In September 1862, the future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was one of 22,717 men who fell …

Literature

Characters from Classic Paintings Are Inserted into the Modern World

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov unites the past and present by giving characters from classic paintings the chance to explore our modern world. The artist skillfully utilizes Photoshop to insert vintage muses in stores, on buses, on stairwells, and in the midst of urban alleyways for his ongoing …

Art

Top 10 lost women's classics

What is a “lost” women’s classic? How unappreciated does something have to be before you consider it lost? Also, lost to whom?<p>As a Virago author, I am proudly, painfully aware that my book was paid for – literally and figuratively – by the art of women who are now dead. There wouldn’t be a taste …

Books

Electric Nightscapes Capture Moody Neon Streets of Shanghai

At 20 years old, most people are out exploring and having fun. But, for Victor Chiang, a leg injury that left him bedridden provided inspiration for a new creative passion. Inspired by the rooftoppers he saw on Instagram, Chiang began his own photography journey once he recovered. Now, his own …

Times Square

The master architect behind Japan's remote 'art island'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Museums are often conveniently located in cities or easily reached by public transport.<p>Japan's famous "art island" however, requires more dedication. In addition to riding a train or driving a car to Okayama city, visitors have to board a ferry to access Naoshima's cultural offerings.<p>The …

Architecture

11 Powerful Books to Read on Father’s Day

The problem with writing a book about one’s father is that he’s either going to read it, or choose not to, or else he has died and will never have …

Books

On Needing to Find Something to Worry About

On Needing to Find Something to Worry About<p>It sounds paradoxical and absurd to think that some of us might need to find something to worry about in …

Mental Health

What To Do About the Rise of Mega-Regions

We need to make urbanism more inclusive and democratic if we want to realize a better future, and that means devolving power from the dysfunctional nation-state to cities and neighborhoods.<p><i>The below piece was published as the lead story in Aspenia, an Italian journal on international affairs. Their</i> …

Brookings Institution

Anthony Bourdain’s Literary Legacy in 13 Books

The practiced, easy assumption of a public mask, an entertainer’s mask, is liable to strike the casual observer as sophistication — as an enviable social skill. The finer the mask, the more persuaded we are of its authenticity, and the late Anthony Bourdain’s was the finest of all, with a fit like …

Books

Vhils Shows Off Oeuvre In Dual Exhibitions in Paris

Best known for chiseling striking portraits into walls around the world, Portuguese street artist Alexandre Farto, better known as Vhils, has taken on an ambitious exhibition that shows the full range of his artwork. The Centquatre in Paris is the setting for his mammoth exhibit <i>Fragment Urbains</i>, …

Art

The Evolution of the College Library

Books were once so scarce, they were chained to the desks. Now libraries can barely hold all the volumes they have.<p>University of Cambridge academic James W. P. Campbell and Will Pryce, the award winning architectural photographer, have spent the last three years visiting 84 libraries in 21 …

No, It’s Not a Gig Economy

Despite the voluble testimony of pundits and bar companions, the world of work is not one of Uber drivers and temp workers. In fact, the share of US …

Socialism

4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility

<i>Mengxin Li</i><p>Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we …

Mindfulness