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A Russian-American Love Story

Briana Murphy | Posted 05.26.2014 | Arts
Briana Murphy

I've been saying "he," and after learning and performing this sonata, I can quite truthfully say that I am in love with Shostakovich. But in reality, this love story is about loving difference.

A Redmoon Night to Remember

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In a city with so many theaters, so much music, so much incredible architecture and so many nationally recognized restaurants, it can be hard to stand...

Talking to Yourself: Crazy or Crazy Helpful?

Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D.

Think of talking to yourself as a tool to coach yourself through a challenge, or to narrate your own experiences to yourself. In any case, treat yourself with respect and you just may find you enjoy your own company.

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Shortstop Psychology: The Mystery of the Yips

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What's going on that a highly skilled athlete can suddenly and inexplicably lose the fundamentals of fielding? The usual explanation is that these players start to "overthink" their automatic, highly tuned visual and motor skills, and sabotage them in the process. But this has never been proven, nor is it clear just what this means on a basic cognitive level.

Why Most People Are Deathly Afraid of Public Speaking and What They Can Do About It

Donna Labermeier | Posted 04.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Donna Labermeier

Being put on the spot to display one's knowledge or skills can feel terribly uncomfortable and scary. The key to overcoming these emotions is to be prepared and recognize that our fears stem, not from a lack of self-worth, but quite the opposite. Our fears are born out of a deep sense of love for the self that wants nothing more than to protect us and keep us safe.

More Glee: How to Avoid Communication Suicide

Cortney McDermott | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Cortney McDermott

We've all witnessed it: A monotone whisperer reading from slides. Even if the content was spot on, you'd never know because he lost you at hello.

Awkwardness in Performance Art

Eriola Pira | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Eriola Pira

Awkwardness. I didn't really think about it much but it seemed fitting. Not the vest it was written on -- that was a few sizes too big for my small fr...

Chris Neville of Tributosaurus Opens Wire

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Inspiration is overrated. Passion is what gets you there, but work is what makes you great," said Chris Neville, lead singer and musical arranger of ...

Female Rapper Dessa on the Dinner Party

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.01.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"Be excellent," stated DESSA, born Margaret Wander, unapologetically. For musicians or fans of her work, it was an interesting evening listening to her discuss what it takes to be a successful musician.

5 Olympian Mindsets to Achieve Greatness

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.30.2014 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Most people are aware that Olympic athletes must be in impeccable physical condition, but what about the mental component of competing in the Olympics?

Flow State: How to Cultivate a State of Bliss and Seamless Productivity

Ondi Timoner | Posted 03.29.2014 | Science
Ondi Timoner

In these amplified moments of consciousness, we make connections we had missed before, hatch breakthroughs to problems that have been stumping us and push the limits of what's possible for human performance.

The 5 Things Great Leaders Must Do Very Well

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

I don't believe in leadership styles. We certainly hear plenty from all sorts of business gurus that this style or that is ideal. I would argue, however, that talking about styles has little value because we are incapable of leading in a way that is inconsistent with who we are as people.

Parenting the World on Body Image

Sarah Draugelis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Sarah Draugelis

Specifically among dancers, there is a tremendous amount of pressure to look good. That is our job. So there is often a harrowing potential for an obsession with comparison, image, and consequently, a "false celebration of the self," as choreographer Breton Tyner-Bryan puts it.

Dance And Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.16.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

What is the biggest crisis facing contemporary concert dance? If you ask almost anyone in the field, they won't say talent is sparse. They won't say there is a creativity deficit. They won't say there aren't enough innovative collaborators.

UNDER PROMISE, OVER PERFORM

Frank A. Weil | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

The title to this piece is perhaps one of the most valuable pieces of wisdom that can be imparted to young people as they begin to make their way thro...

Results Matter, But to Get Them, Ignore Them

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 02.17.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, you need good results to be successful, but the question is how to go about getting those results and, ironically, the answer is not what parents, coaches, and athletes often think.

Are You Enough? Kye Allums Thinks So

J Mase III | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
J Mase III

Project I Am Enough wants to know what you value about yourself, your journey and how to make that story speak to countless others. What this project proves is that just as it takes a village to raise us, sometimes it truly takes a village to hear.

Why Counting is Hard for Computers

Leif Walsh | Posted 02.12.2014 | Huffpost Code
Leif Walsh

It's counterintuitive, but in modern databases, it turns out that counting is one of the most difficult things to do. When you match that with the expectation that it's simple, counting can cause a lot of headaches.

Vaginal Knitting Is Actually A Thing And People Are Absolutely Terrified (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts

Two words: Vaginal. Knitting. This curious form of performance art comes to us courtesy of feminist artist Casey Jenkins, a self-professed "craftiv...

Sandra Bernhard Does 'Sandyland'

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Elysabeth Alfano

"I think you are at your best when allowed to be yourself. No direction for your personality is the best way to go."

6 Steps Great Coaches Take to Help Athletes Reach Potential

Tim Elmore | Posted 02.01.2014 | Sports
Tim Elmore

It seems everything in our culture screams that sports are the most important thing in life. These coaches simply used sports to teach a bigger lesson.

Why Size Matters: Big Gravy Boats, Small Gestures & Leading With Gratitude

Elise Lelon | Posted 01.26.2014 | Business
Elise Lelon

Good business. Better health. And a Godly connection. Sounds like a no brainer. Why, then, aren't more of us incorporating Thanksgiving at work and in our lives?

Fear of Plucking: Violins and Electric Guitars

Limor Tomer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Limor Tomer

In an age where fusion of musical genres are increasingly commonplace, and where "mash ups" are regular DJ fare, there are still too few collaborations that jump disciplines and genres.

Three Steps to Athletic Success

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Sports
Dr. Jim Taylor

I have been thinking a great deal about what it takes for athletes to achieve what I consider to be an essential goal in all of their efforts. In doing so, I have come up with my Three Steps to Sports Success.