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Prayer: What Is It Good For?

Herb Silverman | Posted 08.18.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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.

The Incredible Epiphany I Had Just Before My 51st Birthday

Annie L. Scholl | Posted 08.18.2014 | Fifty
Annie L. Scholl

That epiphany came on a walk just before my 51st birthday in mid May. In my mind I was ranting about how someone I knew kept doing the same thing and expecting a different result. I was perched high on my soapbox, having a good ol' internal harangue and feeling quite smug, when I heard that still, small voice that thinks it knows everything.

Laughter: The Surprising Secret to Surviving Tough Times

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

You might be wondering, How could I possibly laugh when life knocks me down? Whether you have a bad day or experience a catastrophic life event, there's a pretty thin line between tragedy and comedy.

The Bohemians of San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 08.04.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

If, like me, you live on Russian Hill in San Francisco, or if you care for fine and adventurous writing, Ben Tarnoff's The Bohemians: Mark Twain and The San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature is for you.

'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

Drugs, Violence and Immigration: Think Twice, America

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gen. Kelly's article should be read carefully by every American who uses illegal drugs and is under the delusion that it's okay because they're not hurting anyone but themselves.

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

Summer Reading with Our Daughters

Robert Hoch | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Robert Hoch

I am glad for the disarray of our coffee table. Maybe it's a little raft in a world too full of conventional politics, a raft salvaged from cast off pieces, caught in the currents of a deeper wisdom, a more authentic quest for freedom.

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey

Cindy Lovell | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

On June 18, 2014 the American Film Institute offered audiences the opportunity to become familiar with the truth when its five-day documentary festival in Washington D.C. opened with an instant classic.

Finding Love in Lucerne, Switzerland

Betsy Talbot | Posted 08.16.2014 | Travel
Betsy Talbot

You can't just depend on the environment to make a romantic weekend work, so we set out to discover what there is to love about love in Lucerne.

Suspicion: A Talk with Joseph Finder

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Joseph Finder has a background every thriller novelist would love to have. He spent his early childhood living around the world.

Get Up and Go!

Michael Benson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Travel
Michael Benson

Having just returned from China -- my third trip there in as many years -- I came away even more impressed by the invaluable lessons one can learn by merely getting out and seeing the world.

"Par for the Course"

Jerry Zezima | Posted 07.13.2014 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

By Jerry Zezima As a guy who has always loved Mark Twain's definition of golf as "a good walk spoiled," I had never aspired to be the next Tiger Wood...

Mark Twain's Fascinating Letter To Walt Whitman

Posted 05.06.2014 | Books

The following is an excerpt from Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher [Chr...

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

Cindy Lovell | Posted 06.19.2014 | Arts
Cindy Lovell

I've been rereading Huckleberry Finn since I discovered it as the sequel to Tom Sawyer back in junior high school, getting more out of it with each encounter. Hearing Hal Holbrook last Friday inspired me to share a few keepers.

Getting Older, Not Always Gracefully

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.21.2014 | Divorce
Lionel Rolfe

Getting older was supposed to be easier than this -- more like a wonderful long vacation. But of course it hasn't been that way. My wife left me just ...

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

The Bridges of Madison County: Sex in Iowa

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.02.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

This is a great American myth: A mysterious stranger comes to town, briefly, and changes everything. Reference: Mark Twain. As the Italian-born homema...

In Defense of Snake Handlers

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.26.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

A live and let live attitude on most matters of religion could lead to a more peaceful world, but sometimes it would also mean a live and let die attitude--including by snakes or suicide.

Political Liberty Turns 1,000 Years Old

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Robin Koerner

In 2014, the year that Constitutional Liberty turns 1000 years old, our task - of resisting an increasingly remote and control governmental power that has forgotten the tradition whose job it is to protect - is not very different from the Founders'.

Stop Complaining About Snowflakes

Brian Hanley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Hanley

Let's talk about something important. In a famous lecture, Mark Twain remarked that we all complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about ...

Is There a Literary Lesson to Be Learned From Visiting a Writer's Home?

Daniel Grant | Posted 03.25.2014 | Arts
Daniel Grant

"Emily Dickinson is an overarching category that includes her writing and her biography," says Jane Wald, executive director of the Emily Dickinson Mu...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Startup Storytelling

Andy Smith | Posted 03.15.2014 | Business
Andy Smith

Make stories part of your culture -- and more than that, the integrity of your culture. All-hands meetings can be pivotal here. Stories are often the best way to relate how a company is doing, what people are doing well, and what they could be doing better.

Letters of Note, Splendidly Noted

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.10.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Not only are the one hundred letters he chose to reproduce in the book great to look at, they are great to read, allowing experiences that are in turn transformative, moving, and inspirational (or chilling, in a few cases).