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Musings on the meaning of life, how to live it, how to thrive, ways to think, inspiration, philosophy, psychology, all that. Hmmm. Things that make you go.

Destruction_of_cultural_diversity_through_homogenized_design. Climate Change Will Ruin Hawaii, New Study Suggests. France Could Be About To Unleash Economic Hell On The U.S. After What The Obama Admin Just Did. Finley-53ways-check-for-understanding. For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II. The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit. Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School. Jane Mount/MindShift The first few days of school are a vital time to set the right tone for the rest of the year.

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Many teachers focus on important things like getting to know their students, building relationships and making sure students know what the classroom procedures will be. While those things are important, Alan November, a former teacher-turned-author and lecturer says the most important ideas to hammer home will help students learn on their own for the rest of the year. How to Get a Complete Workout with Nothing But Your Body. 8 Survival Tips For Your Tiny House Build. Having been involved in several construction projects over the last 20 years, I am deeply familiar with the physical and emotional process that happens when building.

8 Survival Tips For Your Tiny House Build

I liken it to the process of being in labor, something I have experienced twice being a mother of two. As it is with labor, just because I have been through it before doesn’t mean that I have figured it out and that I won’t go through many of the same challenges and frustrations that I have experienced before.

When a process is intense, it is easy to forget and draw upon the learnings previously received which is why it is so helpful to have a variety of emotional tools to deal with challenges as they arise. Below are 8 survival tips for your tiny house build. You're not the only loser when taking Social Security early. Taking retirement benefits early doesn’t just give you lower benefits; it also reduces total lifetime benefits for your survivors.

You're not the only loser when taking Social Security early

Photo by Funstock/iStock 360 via Getty Images. Larry Kotlikoff’s Social Security original 34 “secrets”, his additional secrets, his Social Security “mistakes” and his Social Security gotchas have prompted so many of you to write in that we now feature “Ask Larry” every Monday. Find a complete list of his columns here. We are determined to continue it until the queries stop or we run through the particular problems of all 78 million Baby Boomers, whichever comes first. Let us know your Social Security questions. Greg — Minn.: I will be 63 in October, and my wife turned 63 in May.

Depending on your earnings histories, doing what you have in mind can mean the loss of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in lifetime benefits. Now to your specific question. Keith — Palm Desert, Calif: I started collecting Social Security at age 65. From Imagination to Realization. Your Imagination is one of your greatest personal assets.

From Imagination to Realization

It is a window into the world of possibility, and a powerful force toward the realization of a happier, more fulfilling life. When used purposefully, your imagination becomes the trigger of your creative abilities. Hawaii punk museum. Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation. The New York Times has finally broken away from the old narrative that renewable power is simply too expensive to be really competitive, with a ground-breaking if incomplete piece on the global and spreading impacts of the Germanenergiewende (energy transformation).

Global Impacts of Germany’s Renewable Energy Transformation

The article points out that by creating a secure, ring-fenced market for renewable electricity,Germany not only built up its own manufacturing capacities to make solar and wind cheaper, but lured the Chinese into the market at such a dramatic scale that renewables are now slicing off increasing segments of the global electricity market—and eating market share in ways that are disproportionately disruptive of the existing utility model and the centralized fossil fuel architecture that underlies it. 6 Habits of Highly Empathic People.

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6 Habits of Highly Empathic People

Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center. I am your fellow man, but not your slave. It's a lengthy letter, but perfectly written and such a valuable read.

I am your fellow man, but not your slave

The final paragraph is also exquisite. TO MY OLD MASTER.Thomas Auld,Sir:The long and intimate, though by no means friendly, relation which unhappily subsisted between you and myself, leads me to hope that you will easily account for the great liberty which I now take in addressing you in this open and public manner. The same fact may possibly remove any disagreeable surprise which you may experience on again finding your name coupled with mine, in any other way than in an advertisement, accurately describing my person, and offering a large sum for my arrest. In thus dragging you again before the public, I am aware that I shall subject myself to no inconsiderable amount of censure.