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Please Do Not Change Who You Are

By Abby Rosmarin,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1jPbDoU<p>Please do not change who you are.<p>Please do not look at these men — these lovers who take in …

10 Ways To Find Happiness When You’ve Hit Rock Bottom

By Brianne McDonald,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1fwYkUP<p>I’ve been in some shitty situations in my life, to say the least. Who hasn’t, right? Some …

The 16 Most Beautifully Touching Love Letters From Famous Writers And Artists

By Rachel Hodin,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1e5dLXk<p>1. Allen Ginsburg to poet Peter Orlovsky:<p>Dear Petey:<p>O Heart O Love everything is suddenly …

48 Little Things You Can Do To Make Yourself Happier Now

By Elyse Gorman,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1b2SlYa<p>1. Read a whole chapter of that book you have been meaning to finish forever – no …

The Loveliest Short Story You Will Read Today Was Published on Craigslist

"Missed Connection" stays with you.<p>Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Chris Heller<p>Craigslist: that scourge of the newspaper industry, that den of lust, that middleman responsible for an untold number of bedbug crises.<p>Or, Craigslist: the Internet's simplest and most ingenious disruptor, a digital equivalent of …

Interview: Scott Meleskie of Clark Street Mercantile

Opening just over a month ago, Clark Street Mercantile is a modest boutique in Montreal aimed at the discerning gentleman. Clothing, footwear, apothecary, pens and paper, magazines, accessories, artwork, bags, blankets, tonic and grenadine, razors—the inventory is a panoply of products from brands …

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Ricotta Cake with Fresh Berries

4.5<p>4.5 / 5 ()<p><i>Did you make this recipe?</i><p><b>Yield:</b> 6 to 8 servings<p><b>Prep:</b><p>15 minutes<p><b>Cook:</b><p>45 minutes<p><b>Total:</b><p>1 hour<p>A light ricotta cake topped with macerated …

Mesmerizing GIFs of Breathing Earth

Changing Planet<p><b>The biodiversity of Earth as we know it is made up of millions of species—from Baobab trees to narwhals to tiny anemones attached to the ocean floor. But can we think of Earth in a holistic way, as one living entity of its own, instead of the sum of its parts?</b><p>This is what John Nelson …

Five of Australia's treasured islands

Ah, Australia. Partying the night away amid the bright lights of Sydney. Exploring the undersea extravaganza of the Great Barrier Reef. Watching the sun rise over wind-sculpted Uluru. A visit Down Under is never short of do-before-you-die moments.<p>But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Oz …

A Lotus in the Desert: China's Xiangshawan Resort

In the Xiangshawan Desert, a remote stretch of dunes in Inner Mongolia, about 350 miles west of Beijing, an architectural lotus recently blossomed: the Desert Lotus Hotel. The hotel is part of a new resort built amid a vast sea of sand dunes, increasingly popular with Chinese tourists. The resort …

The View From Aurland Lookout Is Seriously Vertigo-Inducing

Sometimes nature and architecture can combine to create a unique image and experience.<p>At the Aurland Lookout in the Sogn og Fjordane region of Norway, this is certainly the case.<p>Originally designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen as part of a program on tourist routes commissioned by the …

20 Creative Headboards That Make a Major Statement

These are not your basic backdrops.<p>The most important design decision in your bedroom is the headboard. After all, it's the focal point and can change the vibe of a room instantly. Whether you want to elevate your space, make it cozier, or add some serious color, these ideas will get your creative …

The 10 Best Writing Apps on the iPad

Writing apps for iPad<p>As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant improvements to their offerings. Here are our picks for the 10 best apps for getting some …

OMG, I Want This House: Provincetown

Home Envy<p>Serenity at the tip of Cape Cod? We’ll take it. Look inside this eclectic hideout just steps from the bay.<p>08.17.13 12:09 PM ET<p>William …

The 5 Steaks You Should Be Grilling Now

<i>Welcome to our new weekly series On the Grill, where our Sunday Dinners columnist Tom Hirschfeld will be showing us how to grill everything from steaks to salads with confidence (and style).</i><p><i>Today: How to grill the perfect steak, soup to nuts: the 5 best steaks to grill, the 5 rules for cooking them</i> …

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'It' Girls Through the Ages

A look back at some of our favorite women who have that elusive "it" factor<p>Before Alexa, Leandra, and Olivia. there was Edie, Suzy, and Penelope. And before them, there was Clara. And before Clara, there was Eve (as in, Adam and...). In honor of our look at the state of the modern It Girl in our …

Abandoned Doctor's House Photos Reveal The Past Lives Of A Mansion (PHOTOS)

When we come across photos of forgotten homes, they usually leave us totally stunned and full of questions. And we're clearly not the only ones who find these images captivating. We stumbled upon photographer Daniel Marbaix's Flickr site, chock full of eery pictures like these from an abandoned …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

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One Direction Is a Boy Band That Proves You Can Be Both Famous and Unknown

Kevin Fallon on how One Direction managed to be both the most and least famous band in the world.<p>It’s been a banner week for having to explain the …

How to use your mobile device to create awesome travel images

MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY has become a full-blown movement. From San Francisco to Shanghai, amateur and professional photographers alike have been …

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A Tale of Two Houses by FARM

• 1 |<p>The upper level and swimming pool can be seen here from the compound’s second house.<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The lower levels sit beneath a lawn covered roof and top …

Vibrant Apartment in Budapest Featuring Custom Made Design Treats

Csorba Anita is an interior designer from Budapest whose original approach to modern design caught our attention. We recently received some photos of …

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Simple Tips to Create Levitation Photography with Snapheal

Photographers make magic happen using a wide range of interesting techniques. Some popular wizardry now being spread around is levitation …

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Miley Cyrus: The Nadir of American Civilization?

Welcome to the nadir of American civilization! Tunku Varadarajan on Miley Cyrus’s depressingly un-sexy performance at the VMAs—and our absurd …