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America's Cult of Ignorance

More people are better educated than ever before, and knowledge is easier to come by. So why do we so often scorn those who plainly know more than we …

A Buddhist monk explains mindfulness for times of conflict

“Compassion is not sitting in your room; it’s actually very active and engaging,” a senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh says.<p>Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s most renowned Buddhist leaders, second only to the Dalai Lama in fame and influence.<p>With his 100+ books, he’s been an advocate for …

The Truth Is in the Muck

An environmentally conscious chef eschews conventional sushi in favor of the undiscovered pleasures of strange, invasive species. A man who lost his eyesight refuses to pity himself and instead becomes, of all things, a travel writer. Together, they dig their hands into the dark ocean mud in search …

Bob Dylan songs that changed the course of history (an incomplete list)

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Bruce Springsteen inducted Bob Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said: "Bob freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. He showed us that just because music was innately physical did not mean that it was anti-intellectual."<p>Dylan's influence on music cannot be overstated: …

Civil Rights

9 Brain Exercises to Keep You Productive and Happy

Feeling gloomy or burned out? These mental exercises can help you stay focused.<p>Originally published by <b>Gretchen Rubin</b> on LinkedIn: Try These Surprising and Intriguing Brain Exercises<p>Dorothea Brande was an American writer and editor, well known for her books <i>Wake Up and Live</i> and <i>Becoming a Writer</i> (a …

For Some Seniors Without Housing, A Parking Lot Is Home

Marge Giaimo makes her way to a picnic table under the shadow of an oak tree. Santa Barbara's trees, like its oceans and mountains, are one thing she says she never tires of here. After losing her senior housing three years ago, this table is where she does her painting these days.<p>"I feel very …

Santa Barbara

How Supporting Adult Children Can Flat Out Ruin Your Retirement

When I first sat down with Jack and Peggy to talk about retirement, I noticed a sense of desperation right away. Just two years away from his hopeful retirement date, Jack worried he may have to work forever. Peggy shuffled around in her seat with a wary look in her eye. It was almost as if she …

The Ultimate San Francisco Bucket List: 49 Amazing Adventures To Do in 2016

When a year comes to a close, it’s almost inevitably accompanied by reflection: what you did, where you went, and which adventures you checked off …

A trailer car adventure through 59 US national parks

This year sees celebrations across the US to mark the centenary of the National Park Service. To pay homage to this great organisation, Jonathan Irish and Stefanie Payne are visiting every national park in an Airstream trailer. Here, Jonathan shares some of the highlights so far.<p>March 5<p>Death Valley …

Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out

Imaginary animals dance across the panels of artist Hieronymus Bosch's paintings: There are snails with human legs, fish with human arms and at least one spider-legged peacock. Since his death in 1516, Bosch has been called "the devil's painter," and he has been hailed as a psychedelic seer born …

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

Beaches

How to Market Your Startup on a Budget

No one ever said running a small business was easy. However, when asked what they find most difficult about being business owners, …

Few Americans know about this mysterious, remote valley in southern Japan

By Mark Jenkins<p>The Japanese know the Iya Valley for its remoteness, alpine scenery and vine bridges and for being the fabled 12th-century refuge of the Heike clan. Americans are unlikely to know it at all, but if they do, it’s probably because of Alex Kerr.<p>At the tourist information office near …

A woman who wiped out almost $24,000 of debt in 15 months shares the 3 things that helped her do it

In 2009, Anna Newell Jones had $23,605 in credit card and student loan debt that she just couldn't figure out how to pay off.<p>"Money came in and was gone before I knew it. There was nothing left to pay off the giant pile of debt that was haunting me at all times. I was hopeless and out of options," …

Personal Finance

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

11 Ways Bloggers Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Their Beauty Routines

Those of us who are all about the natural beauty world are already obsessed with eco-friendly kitchen finds like baking soda. Up next on the list? Apple cider vinegar. Though you may be up on the best places to find green skincare products, we know that, like us, you enjoy dabbling in a little DIY. …

Deal: Insider guide to best road trip food stops in California and beyond

Skip the fast food on your next road trip and instead stop at one of the more than 100 restaurants that OpenTable has decided are worthy of your taste buds.<p>The 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide highlights not-to-miss places wherever you're planning to go -- and it's free.<p>The deal: The guide …

The 8 highest-rated travel apps

Applause, an app analytics company, recently released a study of the top-rated travel smartphone apps.<p>The company analyzed almost 400,000 app store reviews and then created a quality score, out of 100. While the average app received 47 points, each of the following ones scored at least 67 points, …

15 rare photographs of Iran's stunning palaces, mosques, and baths

But because professional photography equipment isn't permissible in most of these institutions, their stunning beauty often remains unseen.<p>Self-taught photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji is one of the lensman who's captured a rare glimpse of Iran's mosques and religious structures. He …

5 Apps That'll Help You Solve Any Color Challenge

Download these to find your perfect palette.<p>In a world where there are countless shades of beige alone, it's no wonder finding a great paint color can take months. Luckily, a new generation of apps for iPhone and Android aim to take some of the guesswork out of the process.<p>Coolors<p><i>Best for: Finding</i> …

The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Upgrades You Can Make

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend …

Top 10 Free Things to Do in Vancouver

01 of 11<p>Bike the Seawall at Stanley Park<p>There isn't a more famous place in Vancouver to bike, jog, walk or rollerblade than Stanley Park's Seawall. …

7 Apps That Will Change The Way You Decorate

Consider these must-haves for any home project.<p>Choosing the right tools, colors and furniture to decorate your home can be overwhelming. Luckily, there's an app for that — several actually. Here are 7 you'll find particularly helpful in getting you through that design to-do list.

25 hacks that will help you get through the airport as quickly and easily as possible

Flying can be stressful, expensive, and exhausting — but it doesn't have to be.<p>We've rounded up the best tricks to make your next trip through the airport as easy as possible.<p>S ign up for TSA PreCheck or Global Entry. The US Customs and Border protection pre-approval is basically a pre-flight …

Credit Cards

Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer's disease

Scientists appear to have broken a decades-long deadlock in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease after announcing trial results for the first drug that appears to slow the pace of mental decline.<p>The drug, called solanezumab, was shown to stave off memory loss in patients with mild Alzheimer’s …

A beginner's glossary to hiking and camping

Don't know your karst from your krummholz? Brush up on your hiking and camping terms with our glossary.<p>That pile of rocks and gravel on a …

Hiking

Link Roundup: My Favorite Hiking Websites

Hiking Spray Park in Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington<p>I’m sure we all have our favorite websites for planning hikes; the ones we love browsing or …

Hiking

10 Car-Free Fall Foliage Trips of the Northeast

From a castle on the waterfront to a yurt in the woods, here are some of the most spectacular places to experience fall foliage in the northeast—all …

Waterfront