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Here's How Zen Meditation Changed Steve Jobs' Life And Sparked A Design Revolution

Jobs, a Reed College dropout, had just spent a few months in India.<p>He had gone to meet the region's contemplative traditions — Hinduism, Buddhism — and the Indian sun had darkened his skin a few shades.<p>The trip changed him in less obvious ways, too.<p>Although you couldn't predict it then, his travels …

The 24 Best Photo Essays Of 2014

2014: a good year for photos of modern-day witches, cat-obsessed metal heads, bizarrely groomed dogs, and astronomical wonders. Marvel here.<p>Drag queens pose on covered bridges. Puppies learn to swim. Metal heads cuddle with kittens. Polish witches wave incense sticks.<p>This is just a sampling of …

10 National Geographic Photographers Give Thanks for the Photos That Changed Them

<i>As a new photo editor at</i> National Geographic<i>, I was eager to learn more about the photographers we work with, many of whom I haven’t met in person. In honor of Thanksgiving, I asked ten of them to share an image that they were especially thankful for having taken – one that had perhaps changed the</i> …

17 Lessons Henri Cartier-Bresson Has Taught Me About Street Photography

<i>As this article is very long, I recommend reading this by saving it to Pocket or Instapaper. All photos in this article are copyrighted by Henri</i> …

Night of connections, musical and personal, for Gustavo Dudamel, L.A. Phil

Sometimes, as the winter season of a symphony orchestra cruises along, it's diverting to muse upon connections -- either within a particular program or between that program and surrounding ones. Some connections are intended, and others are left to our imaginations.<p>Take Thursday night’s program …

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10 Tips From a Buddhist Monk on Living a Fulfilled Life

Is there any doubt that people are searching for happiness in the wrong places?<p>Reaching a fulfilled lifestyle is much more than just a beautiful home …

Anne Lamott on the Greatest Gift of Friendship and the Uncomfortable Art of Letting Yourself Be Seen

Beyond having written one of the finest books on writing ever published, <b>Anne Lamott</b> embraces language and life with equal zest, squeezing from the intersection wisdom of the most soul-stretching kind. <b>Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) shines a …