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Mark Twain

Who and What We Trust Might Kill Us

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 02.24.2015 | World
Ashley Wren Collins

Trust. It's a hefty word, stamped on American currency ("In God We Trust"), integrated into marriage vows, and considered a vital component for both professional and personal relationships. Yet too often trust is on autopilot, given freely unless proven otherwise.

My Kindle, My Birds and Me

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 02.23.2015 | Books
Lionel Rolfe

After several years of deliberation, I finally purchased a Kindle. I now own my very own digital reading device which has all the books I can read on it. There's lots that's unsettling about the device, but that's not entirely bad -- just caused a bit soul searching.

Long Way Down a Talk With Michael Sears

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.09.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

In Long Way Down, the third in the series, Jason has spent time in prison for financial crimes. Working as an undercover troubleshooter for a private investment bank, he is assigned the task of getting to the bottom of insider trading allegations.

Why We Know So Little About Moses and Jesus

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Bernard Starr

The dearth of information about the formative influences on towering biblical figures such as Moses and Jesus has invited some skeptics to question whether they actually existed.

Give All Americans a Mandatory Civics Exam

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

Think about it. We rarely discuss or even ponder what it means to be an American in our daily lives. When was the last time you sat down and said to yourself, or thought for a moment, or even said in a prayer: "Thank God that I am American"?

Famous Writers Share How They Handle Writer's Block

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 01.29.2015 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

During her lifetime, Maya Angelou, the great author and poet, was nominated for a Pulitzer, awarded the National Medal of Arts, given over fifty hon...

Less Fear, More Courage

Robbie Vorhaus | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbie Vorhaus

It takes courage after 25 years of procrastination to begin writing your first children's book. It takes courage after 10 years of building a food company, and with sales down and funding drying up, to walk away because you recognize it's just not going to work.

Mark Twain's Ghost Won't Rest

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.07.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Currently, he haunts the Internet. He's constantly being quoted as saying encouraging, inspiring remarks your mother or your best friend might say to you when you're feeling miserable, or things you'd want on a thought-for-the-day calendar.

Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

20 Strange and Surprising Reasons to Visit These Northeast Towns

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 01.22.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As a travel writer open and game to exploring the offbeat and oddball within a few hours or one day's drive of New York City (Virginia to Maine), I've stumbled on some pretty bizarre, eccentric and/or downright weird things. Here's just a sampling from this year's explorations.

These Photos of Shelter Dogs as Famous Authors Are Awesome

Jen Reeder | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

I'm an English major, member of the Dog Writers Association of America, and big fan of animal rescue, so my heart did cartwheels when I heard about "Poetic Dogs."

6 Reasons 'Huck Finn' Is Not The Dusty Old Classic You Think It Is

Andrew Levy | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Andrew Levy

On the way to becoming a school staple and an American icon, however, Huck Finn, published in 1885, lost something in translation: its original wildness and weirdness, and much of its real message, which has more to say to contemporary America than you might expect:

Five Future Predictions That Will Leave You Reeling

Ella Jameson | Posted 02.14.2015 | Weird News
Ella Jameson

While skeptics may put it down to chance or informed guesswork, believers insist that these predictions are proof of the higher brain power that many humans apparently possess.

Guess What Else Mark Twain Never Said?

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.09.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

Why would anyone with half a brain or any ear for the English language think this could be by Mark Twain -- or even any other American novelist?

Start Living Life to the Fullest: Powerful Phrases to Inspire you to Spiritual Greatness

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jesica L. Santos

I have selected 75 phrases that have had a profound impact in my life throughout the years. It is my sincere hope that they will deeply inspire you to reach a higher level of awareness and lasting fulfillment in your life in all the realms.

4 Fake Quotes by Famous Authors to Watch Out For

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.19.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been."

Love and Happiness

Caroline Giegerich | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Caroline Giegerich

Source: Waffle House Facebook Page We're all searching for it. Some search with running shoes. Some with wine glasses. Some fire up online sites ...

Lights Go on Part XXXI: The Sacred Feminine

Thomas Bähler | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Thomas Bähler

I believe it is a well known fact that I love and revere women. These enchanting creatures embody the sacred feminine that I believe is our closest co...

Rachel Dratch Talks About Her New Political Comedy Show 'Tail! Spin!'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

As Mark Twain wrote, "truth is stranger than fiction." In fact, truth can also be much funnier and often more surreal. Such is the case in the new comedy Tail! Spin!

6 Rare Images Of Mark Twain

Posted 10.23.2014 | Books

We imagine the genius behind Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer and a handful of memorable essays as a wild, white-haired, irreverent figure. Mark Twain's A...

Jack Fry's Triumphant Einstein! Premieres in Hollywood

Xaque Gruber | Posted 12.20.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Shifting from autobiography to biography, Fry breathes fresh life into one of history's greatest minds (much like Val Kilmer's brilliant channeling of Mark Twain) with the funny, touching, and intimate, Einstein! at Hollywood's Lounge Theatre Fridays and Saturdays through November 22.

Paris Match: A Talk with Stuart Woods

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.17.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Stuart Woods: "I gave up outlining a long time ago. It seems to me that going by the seat of my pants is a more interesting way to write a novel. If I can't figure out what's happening, then I don't think the reader can, and that's very important to me."

Dennis McNally Revisits Highway 61 (and Beyond)

Joanna Colangelo | Posted 12.08.2014 | Arts
Joanna Colangelo

In his new book, On Highway 61: Music, Race and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom, McNally reminds us of who he is at his truest core -- and that is, one of the finest cultural historians of our time.

Prayer: What Is It Good For?

Herb Silverman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Herb Silverman

The 1969 protest song "War" asks "What is it good for?" and answers "Absolutely nothing!" If I substituted "Prayer" for "War," I would qualify my answ...

Natural Leadership Qualities

Christa Dowling | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Christa Dowling

Natural leadership demands a defining and clear attitude, some common sense and remembering that developing ideas and thoughts take time and cannot be rushed. Put a smile on your face...it will be a shield of positiveness, even through hard times. Leadership, like life, is a learning curve.