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The Kids Aren't Alright

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 06.03.2015 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

My wife edged closer to me as we stared down at the Hunter. He had just emerged from the crawl space underneath the garden hut. "You've been hearing the sounds for how long?" he asked, pulling himself into a sitting position.

The Exquisite Beauty of Actually Trying

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Iain S. Thomas

This is one of the hardest illusions in the world to break. I am not special and I need to try if I want anything. There is nothing sad about that. The only happiness, joy and beauty that isn't temporary, that will nourish your soul and make you feel human and connected to yourself, is found in realizing that you actually have to try.

The Importance of Community

Harper Spero | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Harper Spero

Communities are helpful to join or create because they provide support to the individuals who are impacted by the daily stress, struggles and chaos of modern life. Consider the five questions that I noted as you determine what type of community you are looking to build or join.

7 Ancient Ideas That Will Improve Your Modern Life

Business Insider | Eric Barker | Posted 06.05.2014 | World

The modern world has brought us a lot of great stuff. (I, for one, am a huge fan of antibiotics.) That said, we know there are things that were bet...

Requiem for a Frustrated Writer

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

I wouldn't even mind if you insulted me. Dash my hopes. Crush my dreams. Seriously. After being ignored for so long, a form of Stockholm Syndrome sets in. Go ahead, tell me my idea sucks, say a typing ferret could do better, but say SOMETHING!!

No, I Won't Use an e-Reader

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.02.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

The book encapsulated a deep sense of pleasure, safety, wonder, satisfaction, and above all, love. These early experiences linger with us, and can have enormous emotional resonance.

The True American Gods: Comic Book Heroes

Carl Pettit | Posted 08.12.2013 | Entertainment
Carl Pettit

These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.

Opening the Hips in Yoga: The Frog, Fire Log and Swan

Tara Fass | Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Tara Fass

Soreness in the hips is another occupational hazard, a byproduct of sitting for many hours at a time and living in a city with significant traffic-laced drive times.

A Frustrating Fact of Telephone Life

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy
Jeffrey Shaffer

Who was on the phone? I don't know. They hung up. They didn't say anything? No, they just hung up. That's weird. Who do you think it was?

My Resistance to Online Dating Is Probably Futile

Ilana Ross | Posted 09.13.2011 | Home
Ilana Ross

I don't know how to explain my unwillingness to search for love on the Internet. But something about it touches a nerve -- the nerve that is resistant to giving up spontaneity to calculation.

Trying for One Little Thought of My Very Own (VIDEO)

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

In my first-ever video blog, I spend an entire day in L.A. trying to have "just one little thought" of my very own. It doesn't prove to be easy.

Allure of the Hive: Experts on Connectivity, Social Networking and Social Change

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

A distinguished panel of experts gathered Saturday at the Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination for a standing room-only r...

Life Is a Luxury Crisis

John Vorhaus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Vorhaus

It's bad news that people got stuck in airports, but we're losing sight of something. If you're stuck in an airport, it means you're privileged -- and wealthy -- enough to be flying in the first place.

Welcome to the United States of Dystopia

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

There's firewood stacked under the whole idea of America -- a place where you're judged by what you can do, not by who your grandparents were. And the worst part is, this has nothing to do with left/right politics.

The Cooperstown Shooting: Move On, Folks -- Nothing to See Here

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrew Reinbach

That is mainly a case of people looking for easy answers. What we have here amounts to a tale of teenaged angst, writ large.

Facebook: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide

Lesley M. M. Blume | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lesley M. M. Blume

The question becomes: sometimes isn't it better just to let sleeping dogs lie?