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The Secret to the Best Ever French Onion Dip

<i>By Matt Duckor, Epicurious</i><p>The last thing I expected Cortney Burns to make was the best French onion dip I've ever had.<p>A bit of background: Burns is one half of the duo behind San Francisco's Bar Tartine. Along with co-chef Nick Balla, the pair has garnered all sorts of critical acclaim for melding …

Here's how Steve Jobs trained his own brain

What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather esoteric "mind technology" — the use of Zen mindfulness meditation to reduce his stress, gain more clarity, and enhance his creativity.<p>As the Financial Times recently pointed out, Jobs was quite specific about how …

5 Steps Towards Finding Empowerment in Your Daily Routine

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.” – Stephen King<p>In many ways your daily rituals define who you are and where you …

88 quotes to help you finish your novel

Writing a novel through the Now Novel system makes it easy to structure your work and keep track of where you are in telling your story, yet even …

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

10 Surprising Facts About The Writing Lives of Great Authors

In my new book, <i>Process: The Writing Lives of Great Authors</i>, I cover the techniques, habits and inspirations of 18 of the greatest writers of the 20th …

21 page-turning books that captivated readers in 2014

2014 was a good year for first-time authors.<p>Relatively unknown writers turned out promising book debuts, and beloved entertainers and Internet …

10 Crazy-Good Holiday Cocktail Party Recipes

<b>1. Cocktail Meatballs</b><p>Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. You'll love that the meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Just be sure to …

Writer Creates “Color Thesaurus” To Help You Correctly Name Any Color Imaginable

Ingrid Sundberg, a writer and children’s book illustrator, created a very useful infographic chart for anyone struggling with color names. The writer …

How Stephen King Teaches Writing

Looking back on his days in front of a high school classroom, the acclaimed writer shares his views on grammar and explains why discovering great literature is like losing one's virginity.<p>Stephen King’s <i>On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft</i> has been a fixture in my English classroom for years, but it …

10 Best Honeymoon Destinations

The top ten travel destinations across the world for post-wedding bliss<p>From Bali to the Amalfi Coast, these are the top ten honeymoon destinations across the world guaranteed to bring you post-wedding bliss.<p>Courtesy

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How to pull together an unforgettable 1st birthday

Shares 8<p><i>By: Kayla Knudson, BettyCrocker.com Senior Editor</i><p>We’ve created a 1st birthday party that’s so easy you can pull it together over naptime. …

Chic New Interiors Take a Ranch House Beyond Typical

Before-and-afters like this one have launched a million projects, snagged thousands of jobs for clever designers and ignited countless dreams. …

Rio Celeste Waterfall Is Quite Possibly The Bluest Waterfall On Earth

It may look like Photoshop, but it's not.<p>This is the waterfall at Rio Celeste, a river in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park. The water is actually this dazzling blue color because of volcanic minerals below the surface-- it's the real-life version of an effect usually only achieved with …

National Poetry Week Poem of the Day: A Classical Tamil Love Poem

To celebrate National Poetry Month, Flavorwire will be posting a poem a day. For today’s installment, we have a selection from the new collection <i>The</i> …

Dark, Remarkable Poems Show 'How To Dance' Amid Economic Despair

Nick Lantz speaks from the failed and fallen heart of middle-class Americans, the everyday folks whose lives and bank accounts were gutted when the housing bubble burst. What does that heartbreak look like? Deeper and uglier than plunging stock market charts and foreclosure signs, and more …

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Family Driven From Maryville, MO Home After Daughter's Rape by Student Athlete

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><b>Update 10/5/2013</b>: The Coleman family spoke to CNN on Monday night. Here's the latest on the</b> …

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25 Cool Alternatives to Carving Pumpkins

Tired of the plain old jack-o-lantern you carve every year? Well, you could grab some of our great Neatoshop pumpkin decorations or you can try to …

I am Here - your neighborhood custom play map - LARGE

** Our current turn around is 1-2 weeks. **<p>How cool is this! The child gets to learn the local streets in their neighborhood, while driving their toy cars on this custom-designed road map.<p>The I am Here play map is custom-designed to their neighbourhood and is professionally printed on high quality …

Alice’s Dollhouse Tall Bookcase

The Large Dollhouse Bookcase is the perfect heirloom quality furniture piece for your child's room.<p>Inspired by fine English antiques that the owner's …

Fun Activities: Keep Your Kids Busy

Distract your kids with stuff you already have around the house<p>Wouldn't it be great to make a phone call or pay some bills without a half dozen …

7 Apps to Help Set Up Home After a Move

Moving into a new place can be like solving a jigsaw puzzle. The boxes have been unloaded, furniture is pushed to the side, with the walls bare like …

How To Clean For Unexpected Guests In Record Time

Ideally, everyone should pick up the phone and let someone know when they’re coming to visit but there are times when unexpected things happen. Let’s …

10 Must-Read Books for August

Even though the season technically goes until the end of September, August is the end of summer proper, so that means you have one more month left of …