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What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

A young lawyer puts his former boss’s ideals into practice.<p>This past summer, on the last day of my clerkship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she rose from her cavernous desk and, following a hearty goodbye hug, asked me what was next. I told her that the next morning marked the start of my new …

Road Trip: Bourbon Trail, Kentucky

White-water rapids and grazing thoroughbreds line your journey through Kentucky's distilleries.<p>Central Kentucky is bourbon country. Its rolling meadows, limestone-filtered streams, and cool hardwood forests have long provided ideal conditions for producing the honey-colored drink as crucial to …

Whiskey

The Confidence Gap

Evidence shows that women are less self-assured than men—and that to succeed, confidence matters as much as competence. Here's why, and what to do about it.<p><b>F</b>or years, we women have kept our heads down and played by the rules. We’ve been certain that with enough hard work, our natural talents would …

Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food

Researchers asked if one diet could be crowned best in terms of health outcomes. If diet is a set of rigid principles, the answer is a decisive no. In terms of broader guidelines, it's a decisive yes.<p>Flailing in the swell of bestselling diet books, infomercials for cleanses, and secret tips in …

5-Year-Olds Can Learn Calculus

Why playing with algebraic and calculus concepts—rather than doing arithmetic drills—may be a better way to introduce children to math<p>The familiar, hierarchical sequence of math instruction starts with counting, followed by addition and subtraction, then multiplication and division. The …

The war against butter is over. Butter won

Just ask one of the world’s largest margarine makers.<p>Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever spent more than 20 years trying to beat butter at its own game. But the maker of Flora, Country Crock, and I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, appears ready to give up the fight.<p>“For the last 20 years or …

Procter & Gamble

My Rules for My Kids: Eat Your Vegetables; Don't Blame the Teacher

A dad's lessons on raising independent children<p>My wife and I had 12 children over the course of 15 and a half years. Today, our oldest is 37 and our youngest is 22. I have always had a very prosperous job and enough money to give my kids almost anything. But my wife and I decided not to.<p>I will …

Winged Gods and Goddesses

Little girls and horses. I think part of why girls fall in love with horses is to have someone big on their side, someone on whom they can fly. I fell in love with horses before I had a logical brain, then they just lodged there, between the myelin bulges. Later when I actually acquired a horse, …

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

12 business books you will need to read in 2014

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Adam Grant here.</i><p>One of the highlights of becoming an author is getting to read some exciting books in advance, and hearing early buzz about others. It’s the book nerd’s version of seeing sneak previews of movies before they hit the silver …

Self-improvement

Is Capitalism in Trouble?

CEOs are growing nervous. Can they help save our system from its worst excesses?<p>On a Wednesday in mid-September, some 30 entrepreneurs from around the world put on boots and blue jeans and spent four hours digging out Namaste Solar, a solar-power company in Boulder, Colorado, from under three feet …