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The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

We challenge our students to develop life-long skills such as analytical thinking, clarity in written and spoken expression, collaboration, and creativity.

The Dignity and Value of Work and Family

Debra L. Ness | Posted 09.02.2014 | Fifty
Debra L. Ness

My grandparents instilled in me the value of hard work. They had a vision of a country and world where people have equal opportunity and everyone can contribute and have a good life.

They Way They Worked: A Celebration of Grandparents and Their Hard Work

Sarita Gupta | Posted 08.27.2014 | Good News
Sarita Gupta

Since we're about to celebrate these holidays in the same week, I wanted to take a look back at the jobs my grandparents held over the years and what their hard work meant to me.

Once Upon a Time There Was You: A TV Writer Reflects on the Stories That We Create

David S. Simon | Posted 08.26.2014 | Entertainment
David S. Simon

Here's what I'm thinking. We are all in the middle of a story at any give moment. We're both the protagonist and the antagonist, given the time or p...

It's Story Time: Corporate Storytelling Brings Results

Anne Loehr | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

The power of storytellers sharing their lives with the audience cannot be underestimated. The same power can be brought to your business with corporate storytelling.

4 Extraordinary Literary Women Who Redefined Feminine Perfection

Sunny Rosen | Posted 08.14.2014 | Books
Sunny Rosen

Like many young women, I struggle with the constant desire to be "perfect," mentally and physically. It can be so hard to follow advice to find joy in the here and now and so easy to instead be weighed down by imperfection. Reading, though, is an escape from the pressures of reality, an immersion somewhere else that allows great happiness in the moment.

The Perception of Design Performance is a Crapshoot

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.07.2014 | Style
Soren Petersen

Do some just have a gift for judging design and are design experts superior at judging a product's performance as compared with lay people? Invitin...

Why It's Important to Tell Great Stories

Paul Jarvis | Posted 08.19.2014 | Arts
Paul Jarvis

Think about this the next time you want to tell someone something. Whether it's to sell a product/service, make a point or give a speech. How can you reinforce what you've got to say with a good story?

7 Nighttime Rituals To Help You Unwind, Relax, And Chill Out (That Don't Involve Alcohol)

Mark Sisson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Sisson

When I decided to give up alcohol -- or at least make it an occasional rather than regular indulgence -- I knew I had to figure out another way to unwind before bed.

And We Rise Along With Her

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

I was claiming my life and beginning by making this my story to tell. I had been made stronger by the words of Maya Angelou, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you, " and I knew that it was for me that she had written them.

The 'Why' of Stories, Part II

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
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Bill DeSmedt

You can trust me on this one: I spent a significant chunk of my day job over three and a half years researching storytelling systems and story formalisms. And if one thing came clear in all that time, it's that stories are all about making sense of the intention behind the action.

The 'Why' of Stories, Part I

Bill DeSmedt | Posted 07.18.2014 | Books
Bill DeSmedt

Pick up any how-to book for the aspiring author, and somewhere around page three it'll tell you what stories are all about: They're all about conflict...

Be a Girl Who Writes

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 07.11.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

Be a girl who writes because you'll better understand when life throws unexpected hurdles in your way -- as plot twists give us necessary segues -- and because you'll know that some relationships need to end when there are no more plotlines left to have between two people.

Me, Vivien Leigh and Younger Men

Judy Katz | Posted 05.31.2014 | Fifty
Judy Katz

When I was young and looked at people whose age I am now, I often wondered if their perception of themselves changed when they looked in the mirror, or if they still had the young mind in an older body.

Letters to Our Former Selves

Ari Andersen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ari Andersen

I have embarked upon a quest to learn -- and hopefully to grow -- from the wisdom of my elders. The past is humanity's great equalizer, and we all have a story worth sharing.

Imagine

Dianne Harman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Fifty
Dianne Harman

The next time that older person starts to talk, listen and ask some questions. You might get some firsthand knowledge from someone who's experienced what you've only read about!

N is for Nurturing

Rajesh Setty | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Your offering may be so good that some prospects may fall in love with it the moment they see it for the first time or hear about it for the first t...

The Brilliance of Ishmael Beah

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 03.30.2014 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The novel Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah is a brilliant book, not in terms of innovation or style, but in terms of illumination -- and there is no better brilliance for a book, or for an author.

Bad Times + Enough Time = Good Times

Maureen Anderson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

Here's one secret to life. Shorten the time between having a really bad day and knowing you'll have a really good story.

Is Your Story Holding You Back?

Heather Strang | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Strang

To dig beyond the past and move into the stillness of our soul to that part of us that is whole and complete and always has been is what I believe we are all meant to experience.

Alzheimer's Stories That Matter

Marie Marley | Posted 03.10.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The stories told by people with Alzheimer's can teach us a lot about their lives. They also help us find important topics to discuss when we visit, which can make our visits far more pleasant and meaningful to the person we're seeing.

Why I'm Considering a Second Date With an 85-year-old Man

Judy Katz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Fifty
Judy Katz

met this man recently through Match.com. He is charming, fit, smart, still working at his profession, easy to talk to and seemingly interested, since he asked me out again. Does it matter, more to the point, SHOULD it matter, that chronologically he is 85 years of age?

People With Alzheimer's Say the Darndest Things

Marie Marley | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Many times, the person is aware, and even proud, he or she has said something humorous. Then we laugh with the person -- not at them. These moments can be among the most precious we will ever have with our loved ones.

Imaginary Memoirs

Donna Minkowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Books
Donna Minkowitz

I determined that my own story, with its emotionally and sexually abusive mother, and physically abusive, but bullied and mentally ill father, would be easier for readers to connect with if I wrapped it in a fairy tale.

Stories From the Bible

Michael Hafftka | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Michael Hafftka

In the forty years of my artistic career, I have been working on a series of Bible paintings. This is the first time I show them all together.