Sara Stephens

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5 Things Decorators Never Spend Money on (and 3 Things They Splurge on)

When it comes to decorating an entire home, the cost of furniture, rugs, dishes, and throw pillows can quickly add up. But if you try to save some …

Home Decorating

Why can’t college graduates write coherent prose?

By Jeffrey J. Selingo<p>Jeffrey J. Selingo<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A few months ago I was having breakfast in downtown Washington. I couldn’t help but overhear a casual job interview happening at the table next to me. The interviewer owned a government contracting business and was looking to hire a person to …

High School

What Moana taught me about dealing with trauma as an adult

SpaceX Dragon and Falcon 9 Rocket Photobomb Each Other's Selfies in Space

It's official: SpaceX's rockets and spaceships have caught the selfie bug in the final frontier.<p>When SpaceX launched a Dragon cargo ship to the …

‘I got Gryffindor pyjamas for my 27th birthday’: fans on 20 years of Harry Potter

From academics to school sweethearts, superfans raise a broom to the boy wizard<p>When I was eight, I got my first pair of glasses. Far from being teased at school, the only hassle I got was endless requests to try on my new specs. My father looked at me with suspicion. Had I faked the blindness, he …

Seven tips for shooting nature photos with your smartphone camera

Make every day Nature Photography Day!<p><i>National Geographic</i> photographer Jim Richardson is responsible for some of the best photography advice ever given: “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” Nature is full of interesting stuff, and, thanks to …

Why Grades Are Not Paramount to Achievement

The intrinsic love of learning supplants the drive for high marks in the long run.<p>At the beginning of this school year, my colleagues and I decided to avoid giving the sophomores in our English classes any grades for six weeks. Research shows that providing students with a number or letter in …

The Savory Side of Carrot Cake

When I was a child, I wanted carrot cake for every birthday. I wasn’t a fan of bakery cakes, expertly plastered with supersweet butter-free frostings in pastel colors. (I did like the realistic decorative little roses, though.) Those fine-crumbed white or yellow cakes did not have much appeal for …

An Additional Sixth Sense Has Been Detected on The Tongue

Can we taste water after all?<p>It's a question that goes back to Aristotle himself: Does water have a flavour, or is it devoid of taste?<p>For millennia, …

The 5 prayers revealed at Fatima that every Catholic should know

<b>By ChurchPOP</b>The apparition of an angel and Our Lady to three poor children in Fatima, Portugal in the early 20th century is one of the most famous …

11 insights that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives without improving their methods.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Siblings

Neuroscience Of Mindfulness: How To Make Your Mind Happy

Everybody is talking about mindfulness… but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you’ll hear, “Umm, …

Self-help

12 Habits of Horrible Leaders and How to Break Them

Leadership isn't a dictatorship. If you want your employees to go the distance for you, avoid these 12 destructive behaviors at all costs.<p>In leadership, everything you do counts. All eyes are on you, even when you aren't there. Employees feel your presence throughout the day because you set the …

Another Letter From Your Cat

Dear Human of Mine,<p>As the cat of the house, I feel compelled to share with you my thoughts about the dog -- or more accurately, the dog problem.<p>The floppy-eared fur ball was sort-of cute when you brought the little puppy home a year ago. But the eat-machine has since swelled into gargantuan …

Countertops

Can the Hulk save Thor from becoming Marvel's puniest hero?

A Thor/Hulk intergalactic buddy movie featuring select cuts from the classic Planet Hulk storyline could be in the works, and it’d make Thor: Ragnarok a movie we’d walk into hell to see<p>When Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner set off for exile in a space-capable quinjet at the end of Avengers: Age of …

Web Developer, Blogger and Technology Enthusiast

I'm a <b>web developer</b>.<p>I'm a <b>blogger</b>.<p>I'm a <b>technology ethusiast</b>.<p>Okay...<p>I'm really just a bit of a nerd.<p>I live in the <b>UK</b>.<p>I spend most of my time doing new …

Minecraft used to teach children molecular chemistry

<b>Virtual world-building game Minecraft, played by tens of millions of children worldwide, could be used in schools to teach pupils chemistry.</b><p>A group of Hull University students created an educational version of the game that allows players to explore specially created molecular structures and …

This is how your kid learns: The amazing new neuroscience of “brain plasticity” — and how to make your child smarter

<b>(WIkimedia/Oren Jack Turner/Kuttelvaserova Stuchelova via Shutterstock)</b><p>New products suggest they can build a designer brain for your kid. How can parents take advantage of new science?<p>Stephen Camarata PhD<p>August 15, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p><b>What happens to our child’s brain when we parent?</b><p>The discovery of …

The Brain

American parenting has been misguided for decades — but one state is finally turning for the better

These modern mantras have been seeping into parents' heads for the last several decades as the country's case of mean world syndrome— our alarmist belief the world is out to get us and our kids — continues to worsen.<p>But there might be hope.<p>Parents who let their children roam free will no longer be …

Check Your Sermon Today For Three Things You Must Have Tomorrow

"A mist in the pulpit is a fog in the pew." ~ C.H. Spurgeon<p>With each sermon you preach, you should be absolutely crystal clear on what you want your …

11 Organic Makeup Tutorials to Help Your Beauty Routine Go Au Naturale

As we go on our quest to live healthier lives with organic food, cleaning products and toys for our children, our makeup drawers often get overlooked. But if you truly desire to live an all-natural life, even your beauty products need a makeover. Before you start perusing and balking at the prices …

Lips

The 8 most dangerous Christian prayers… #5 ruined my life

3. Lead me wherever you want me to go.<p>One way this Christian prayer is often prayed is with the words, “Here I am, Lord, send me.”<p>Usually when we …

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

Happiness

3 factors keeping youth in church through adulthood

They’re falling away from the Church in droves, but what actually keeps youth grounded in their faith and committed to regular church fellowship?<p>One …

To Grade or Not To Grade

By onApril 14, 2015 5:10 AM<p>Guest post by Nicholas Provenzano, the Nerdy Teacher<p>He came to me after school covered in dread and wrapped in anxiety. …

Teaching

5 Essential Leadership Lessons From A Beloved Teacher Who's Inspired Thousands

If you’re fortunate in life, every once in a while, you come across an individual who has been so positive, encouraging and uplifting that you just stop in your tracks in awe. You can’t help but feel deeply grateful that you’ve crossed paths, and you’re reminded of what’s wonderfully special in …

Leadership

The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog.</i><p>Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain …

Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror

Back in December, and just in time for Hanukkah, J.K. Rowling revealed via Twitter that there were Jewish wizards at Hogwarts. Replying to a fan, she …

Harry Potter

The Simple but Overlooked Key to Achieving Your Dreams

When I was a young girl, I dreamed of being a writer.<p>Then life happened. I listened to everyone but my own soul, the dream of a writing career feel by the wayside, and I followed a much more traditional career path.<p>Then the voice of my inner spirit and guide started pestering me loudly. And once …

Motivation