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The Top 10 Gardening Apps You Need Now

Perhaps you saw a pair of blue jays conversing in the pear tree and realize it’s time to get serious about your spring garden. Or, like my husband, …

Gardening

12 secret Scrabble strategies that will help you win any game

Fast forward to today, and Scrabble continues to delight millions of people all over the world.<p>We compiled a list of tips and tricks players of all skill levels can use the next time they play this iconic game. So call up your friends and schedule a game night because you'll want to put these 12 …

The head of the world's largest hedge fund explains how he learned to invest

In an interview with Business Insider's global editor in chief Henry Blodget on "The Bottom Line," BI's new weekly business show, Dalio laid out the fundamental investment philosophy that led to Bridgewater's becoming the world's largest hedge fund in 2005.<p>It's maintained that position ever since, …

A startup invented this $10,000 house that can be built in one day

When you do it yourself, building a tiny house of about 400 square feet typically takes a couple of months, depending on the design, and tens of thousands of dollars in materials.<p>A San Francisco-based housing startup called Apis Cor says it can do the job much faster and for a lower price. It …

The 3 lists I make every day to stay focused and productive

Some of the most valuable habits I've identified go back to basics. They aren't anything fancy. In fact, all I need to complete them is something to write with.<p>My favorite writing exercises, when I do them consistently, make me more productive, effective, and just plain happy.<p>They've also been …

Productivity

Hardscaping 101: Ground Covers to Plant Between Pavers

Too often pathway gaps are neglected and become a home for weeds. But where some may see awkward spaces between stepping stones, I see potential. …

Landscaping

Expert Advice: 9 Tips for a Colorful Winter Garden

In fall the Instagram feeds many of our favorite gardeners, quite understandably, start to wither or move indoors. Not so that of Dutch garden …

The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi

A couple of years ago, when Coldplay’s Chris Martin was going through a divorce from the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and feeling down, a friend gave him a book to lift his spirits. It was a collection of poetry by Jalaluddin Rumi, the thirteenth-century Persian poet, translated by Coleman Barks. “It …

The Frightening Lessons of Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America”

Philip Roth’s novel “The Plot Against America” is a masterwork of counterfactual history, a what-if story in which Charles Lindbergh, the aviation hero and Nazi sympathizer, is elected President in 1940, leading to the widespread persecution of Jews in the United States. The novel is also a …

The 10 Books Every Gardener Should Read

Unless you’re lucky enough to be surrounded by knowledgeable gardeners—whether they are parents, friends, or neighbors—you can often find yourself …

4 Gmail tricks that will make your life easier

Its functionality may be simple, and its interface plain, but it gets the job done.<p>While it may seem basic, there is another level to Gmail.<p>There are several extensions, settings, and labs you can play around with to make Gmail go one step further from simple.<p>Here are four Gmail tricks you'll …

How To Start Your First Business (Plus 15 Ideas That Actually Make Money)

When people ask me what the best ways to make money are, sometimes I laugh.<p>Not because the question is stupid — but because, well, there really is no …

The difference between freelancing and entrepreneurship — and why the latter is better

He was explaining the core differences between entrepreneurship and freelancing. I was getting heated just listening to him.<p>Here's how Seth explains it:<p><i>Freelancers get paid for their work. If you're a freelance copywriter, you get paid when you work. Entrepreneurs use other people's money to build</i> …

Entrepreneurship

This creepy tool reveals how Facebook's AI tracks and studies your data

Well, now there's an app that can answer these questions.<p>Available for free, Data Selfie is an open-source Chrome extension that helps you discover how machine learning algorithms track and process your Facebook activity, and gain insights about your personality and habits.<p>To accomplish this, the …

Essential reading: nine experts on the books that inspired them

Philosophy: Alain de Botton<br>‘Seneca should be the author of the hour’<p>Author Alain de Botton is known for applying philosophical concepts to everyday life; his books include <i>How Proust Can Change Your Life</i> (1997), <i>Status Anxiety</i> (2004) and <i>The Architecture of Happiness</i> (2006). In 2008 he co-founded The …

Literature

Chelsea Flower Show 2016: who to follow on Twitter

Twitter is brilliant for finding out the latest Chelsea Flower Show news – designers tweet about the gardens during the build, nurseries tease with photos of plants to be used and others analyse the trends we will likely being seeing this year. However, navigating the avalanche of tweets can be …

Getting Ideas

The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and<p>William Shakespearedied on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

Literature

Giovanni Ribisi Hangs With Hemingway in First Hollywood Film Shot in Cuba Since 1959

It’s been more than half a century since a Hollywood movie was filmed in Cuba, so perhaps it’s only fitting that the first one shot there since the …

Tuck Travel: Cuba Overview

<i>Photo Credit: Tatiana Teo Photography</i><p>Justin and I wanted to celebrate his retirement from professional football by taking a trip. Going somewhere new symbolized the next step of our journey in life; after 11 years in the NFL, we are headed into uncharted territory as a family. We decided to go to …

5 Ways Americans Are Already Changing Cuba

Now that travel restrictions have been eased, here's how an influx of U.S. visitors is having an impact.<p>Americans are on a mission: Get to Cuba before McDonald's does. At least, that was the refrain I heard on my recent trip to Havana with Insight Cuba,, where nearly half of the tour group—all …

Angel investors hope to find the best and brightest in Cuba’s emerging tech scene

President Obama’s bold new course on Cuban policy is paving the way for emerging tech to blossom in the country. A new entrepreneurial competition, 10x10KCuba, hopes to uncover Cuba’s best and brightest tech minds with an offer of mentorship and potential financing.<p>The idea is to prevent brain …

Cuba, the Brand

Miami’s Little Havana is no longer home to the city’s Cuban population, but that hasn’t stopped businesses there from pretending things haven’t changed.<p>MIAMI—The types of fruit Angel Hernandez sells haven’t changed much over the last 48 years. There are still rows of guanabanas and mangos in Los …

So you'd like to get into highbrow comics. Here's where to start

From superheroes to memoirs, there’s never been a richer time for comic books. But where does one start with a genre that is exploding so quickly?<p>I am a man with an immoderate number – some might say a houseful – of comic books, which is probably why people ask me questions like: “Where on earth do …

Graphic Novels

100 Pinterest trends you'll be obsessed with in 2016

To help get you thinking about the New Year, Pinterest just released their Pinterest 100 for 2016 board. The board is filled with the 100 trends …

200 Thread Count Egyptian Cotton

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Cotton

The case for eating cereal for breakfast again

Just when it’s needed most, America’s love affair with cereal is coming to an end.<p>Despite its iconic status in the US, cereal consumption has been falling for the past 10 years, and the trend is expected to continue. In 2005, Americans ate approximately 155 million tons of cereal. By 2015, that had …

Nutrition

Tag: Garden Visits

The Cult of the Courtyard: 10 Backyard Ideas for Small Spaces<p>by Meredith Swinehart<p>Landscape Revival: A Secluded, Historic 1920s Estate in Santa …

Northern California

Best gardening books of the year 2015

<b>Our writers select the standout books of the year to give keen gardeners this Christmas</b><p>Tim Richardson<p>Not many writers would dare tackle a subject fraught with subjectivity and technical pitfalls, which is perhaps why <b>Stephen Lacey’s RHS Companion to Scented Plants</b> remains the only good book on the …

Books