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The science of white working class pain: Trump’s appeal is rooted in the body as well as the mind | Salon.com

So it was always a little strange to visit family in Scranton for Easter as a child, peer out the backseat window and think: Grandpop’s city looks cloudy. Even when it was sunny, Scranton had a gloomy feel. It didn’t back when my dad was growing up nearby in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The area was …

Leaving the Age of Disconnect

It's too easy simply to blame Donald Trump for the void that's suddenly apparent at the center of American government -- or will be on Jan. 20.<p>In fact, I'm utterly sick of hearing his name, let alone accounts of his latest outrage or trivial impertinence, which is the equivalent of crack cocaine in …

The pitfalls of trying to read a coworker’s mind

As a blind man, I’m often aware of false assumptions that my colleagues make about me. Sometimes their misconceptions are transparent. Other times …

Walking Through 2017 in His Presence

I love New Years. Something about new beginnings and new chances to improve always gives me a feeling of hope and excitement. Plus I just love champagne. It's almost as invigorating as the idea of letting go of "the old" things you want to forget, or habits you want to change. Like running like an …

Why I Left Facebook

I feel more confident and mature.<p><i>...Thinking about a New Year’s Resolution to spend less time on social media? Here is one millennial’s take on why she ditched Facebook ― and never looked back.</i><p>It’s been a full three years since I deleted my Facebook account. Not just suspended it temporarily, but …

This Is the Most Powerful Motivational Trick We’ve Ever Heard

Use this any time you need a dose of willpower<p>Ever made a roomful of 17-year-old girls cry? I have!<p>I was wrapping up my talk on how important it is to take care of your body in college—something I definitely did not do—when a hand went up.<p>“That was great, thank you,” said a woman in the first row. …