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The Perception of Design Performance is a Crapshoot

Soren Petersen | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.28.2014 | 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.

Top 10 Ways to Give the Gift of Story This Holiday

Leah Lamb | Posted 02.18.2014 | Style
Leah Lamb

So it's almost Christmas time and you're kevetching because you haven't found the right gift yet. You want to give a gift that has meaning, that isn't consumed for the sake of consumption, that didn't harm the planet in the process of its creation.

Can Mobile Devices Help Consumers Feel More 'Situated?'

Bob Deutsch | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Bob Deutsch

Nowadays, more often than not, we feel that we live in a world that is too fast, too competitive and too unpredictable. It's not that people don't have answers. They rightly and often don't know what questions to ask.

How Stories Keep It Real

Jessica Ann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jessica Ann

They can shake you to the core, unearthing the strong stability of a settled story, and unleash emotions that were silently stored in the dark depths of a decade.

Fables May Fail to Help Children

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

There are lots of goals for telling stories to children, but there is often at least some attempt to teach kids something about life. When we hope to educate, does it matter whether the stories are about the real world or about fantasy?

A Thanksgivukkah Manifesto

Rabbi Mishael Zion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mishael Zion

A once in a century holiday is upon us. The menurkey will soon sit at the table with the pumpkin pie and the latkes. Let us not underestimate this moment for the American Jewish community. Thanksgivukkah is here.

Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Strangers

Raina Rose | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Raina Rose

When I was a little girl, my mama would tell my big sister and me stories about her childhood to help us go to sleep. They ranged from funny to slightly macabre.