Robin Johnsin

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Lunch al Desko: Upgrade Your Midday Meal

With a few strategies, a bit of planning, and a little sea salt in your cubicle, weekday lunch can be as delicious and exciting as any meal of the week. Here’s how to rethink the way you brown-bag it<p><i>Imagine an office meal you’re actually excited to break for (no hard feelings, turkey</i> …

Healthy Eating

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Creativity

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking | Inc.com

It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. Most of us develop a stable of people with whom we like to work. We know their styles, and they know ours. It's comfortable and expedient. It is easy …

Self-improvement

Easy Stir-Fried Pork With String Beans

Pork loves sweet, snappy counterparts—think pulled pork and cole slaw, or pork chops with sautéed apples. Maybe that's why pork and beans are such a classic Chinese combination. In this version, I use sliced marinated pork loin stir-fried very quickly with some blanched green beans, all flavored …

Open Thread: The Best Spring Pizza Toppings

Spring is rolling in—trees and flowers are beginning to bloom, the weather is warming up, and finally some fresh produce is joining the potatoes, carrots, and cabbages in the market. Whether or not you find it thrilling, there's no doubt that it opens up a whole new world for dressing up your pies: …

12 beautiful portraits of Black identity

“What are you?” they’d ask, head tilted and eyes squinted.<p>“Black,” I’d reply.<p>“No…but like, what else are you? I know it’s not all black.”<p>So went a …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

Lessons from Stephen King and “Valley of the Dolls”: Reading 100 years of bestsellers

<b>Stephen King (AP/Francois Mori)</b><p>What the most popular books of the past century taught one writer about America’s strange taste in fiction<p>Laura Miller<p>April 2, 2014 11:52pm (UTC)<p>When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his …

Creative Leadership

This is the result of a conversation I had with Patti Brennan about the nature of creativity and imagination that was inspired by Maslow’s famous …

The Old Man and The River: Pete Dexter's Classic Portrait of Norman Maclean

Norman Maclean didn’t start writing fiction until he was past 70. The man himself turned out to be as remarkable as his fiction.<p>There’s an old saying …

How I Write: David Baldacci

The bestselling thriller author, whose new novel, The Target, is available for preview this week, talks about writing since he was a kid.<p><b>Where do you</b> …

How Mark Twain Became Mark Twain by Going to California

In California, young newspaperman Sam Clemens fell in with Bret Harte and other self-styled Bohemians, and together they discovered the American …

Articles about jonathan adler and simon doonans shelter island vacation home on Dwell.com - Dwell

For design mavericks Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, a challenging site that slopes toward the sea yields a unique opportunity...<p>For design mavericks Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, a challenging site that slopes toward the sea yields a unique opportunity...<p>Though I've become quite fond of them, …

Vacation Homes

Big-Sky West Texas: A Road Trip Through Hidden America

Far from the glitter of Dallas and the bohemia of Austin lies the lonely, lovely landscape of West Texas: a piece of hidden America that's made for …

38 Tofu Recipes: Stir-Fries, Stews, Dips, and More

A collection of great tofu recipes, from stews and stir-fries to dips, on the grill, and in beignets<p><b>We love tofu. There, we said it.</b> (Again.) Bean curd—whether bouncy firm, dribblingly soft, or somewhere in between—is a versatile, healthy, and, dare we say, flavorful ingredient. Make the most of it …

Cooking

7 Ways To Become The Best Version Of Yourself This Year | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Make 2014 your year with these 7 simple steps to become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.<p><b>1. Love Your Morning Routine</b><p>Our mornings set …

Outsourcing

Flip Your Script- How to Write a Better Life Story | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<b>Flip Your Script- How to Write a Better Life Story</b><p>Whether we recognize it or not, our lives are driven by a story; it follows a script that we have …

5 Practical Steps to Attract Prosperity

Prosperity is not all about hard physical efforts and long working hours. There are many people out there who despite working 10-20 hours a day, are …

11 Things Extremely Confident People Do Differently

I remember my younger days when I considered myself lacking in confidence in almost every area in my life. I doubted myself all the time and always …

The Secret to Creativity | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

<i>Editor’s Note: This post (by the original Editor in Chief, Jon Wesley) is being republished in the wake of the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman – my</i> …

Creativity

Why is Asking ‘Why’ Important in Life? | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you’re a child ‘why’ is a question regularly, from the most obvious of questions to the more complicated. It’s a part of growing up and, …

Dear diary, how did you become part of our literary culture?

From Pamela to Bridget Jones, fictional diaries enthral us. What is it that so appeals both to writers and their readers?<p>Diaries: you get one as a Christmas present, start writing it, and continue for, oh, a few days more or less than you go to the gym for the new year. Then you give it up, along …

Your Brain on Books

I was fascinated by an article dated January 4, 2014 in the Science section of <i>The Independent</i>, a British newspaper. The article noted research done at Emory University. It revealed that reading a gripping novel can trigger measurable changes in brain function, lingering for as long as five days. …

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

“I wouldn’t be the person I am, I wouldn’t understand what I understand, were it not for certain books. I’m thinking of the great question of nineteenth-century Russian literature: how should one live? A novel worth reading is an education of the heart. It enlarges your sense of human possibility, of what human nature is, of what happens in the world. It’s a creator of inwardness.” —Susan Sontag, born today in 1933: http://tpr.ly/1aUUcyn.

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.<p>Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.<p>It also features actionable tips …

4 Benefits of Writing By Hand for National Handwriting Day

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>Today is National Handwriting Day! Although we don't write like we used to, here are four ways handwriting is still helpful.<p>1. It's …

University of Washington

Writing and Depression

What’s the link between writing and depression?<p>My good friend Sarah McCarry, aka The Rejectionist, is kicking off a seriously important series of …