Damn Interesting • A collection of legitimately fascinating information culled from the past, present, and anticipated future. The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. In the… We’re living in a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are equally adored by readers of every generation. LIST: The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time Little, Brown The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Buy here) By Sherman Alexie. See 17 authors’ favorite books for young readers. Read about how author Meg Wolitzer was inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar. It’s your turn: By the editors of TIME, with reporting by Daniel D’Addario, Giri Nathan and Noah Rayman. Updated: Because of a duplication, Tarzan of the Apes has been added. Correction: An earlier version of this article misspelled Kenn Nesbitt and Cornelia Funke’s names. Correction: An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the plot of The Alchemyst.
50 Things Everyone Should Know - StumbleUpon by Mark and Angel Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. While not totally comprehensive , here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Read the rest of the article
The San Francisco Globe 1. Love this hidden pet food drawer concept! Ta da! Chalkboards are definitely a new trend. You can also try making a pin board collage of your favorite photos to hide that nasty AC unit. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 12. 13. 14. 15. 18. Healing the Body with Mindfulness of Breathing « Metta Refuge This excerpt from a talk by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh explains how to use mindfulness of breathing to bring loving-kindness to our dear bodies. The physical effect of this can be truly remarkable. As Thây says, “You should really love your body. You should really take care of your body. Mindful breathing, with rest, can do miracles The First Exercise of Mindful Breathing My dear friends, yesterday I spoke about the first exercise proposed by the Buddha concerning mindful breathing: “Breathing in, I am aware that I am breathing in; breathing out, I am aware that I am breathing out.” We should always start with our physical bodies, because our physical bodies also needs peace, harmony and rest. We should realize a true rest. Animals in the forest, every time they are wounded, know how to rest. Deep relaxation here is one of the methods of resting. The Second Exercise of Mindful Breathing Do not try to prolong the breath; just allow it to be the way it is, naturally. Like this:
Vir Sanghvi How you define an original inhabitant of Bombay or Mumbai (as the city was renamed in 1996) depends on how far back you go. My mother moved to Bombay from Ahmedabad, where she grew up, in the 1940s, when she was in her early 20s. Her mill-owner father would not let her join the family business so she found a job as an industrial psychologist (what we would now call Human Relations) in a British company in Bombay. Her parents were not thrilled but agreed to let her go if she stayed in a flat of their choosing. By the standards of today’s Mumbai, that’s a fairly impressive pedigree. Certainly, they had moved in the city long before the parents and grandparents of many of today’s Shiv Sena leaders. But we were always conscious that we were not the original inhabitants of the city. In those days, Carmichael Road still consisted mainly of large bungalows built for the city’s elite. As far as they were concerned, we were parvenus. Bal Thackeray and other Marathi chauvinists deny this claim.
Does Nature Make Us Happy? Marilyn Price-Mitchell In today’s age of high technology, research shows that our hunger for the natural world still endures. In fact, our connections with nature could just be the best medicine for people of all ages—improving our health, happiness, and well-being. Those same connections could also heal the planet. Few would disagree that our natural and cognitive worlds have grown disconnected. Most of us, particularly children, spend far less time in nature today than in recent decades. We don’t have to look far into history to know that humans evolved in natural settings and were deeply connected to their ecological environments. Several particularly interesting studies were published recently in Environment and Behavior by John Zelenski and Elizabeth Nisbet. The Link between Nature and Happiness In the first study, they measured people’s feelings of connectedness across many spheres, including nature. Important Findings on Nature Relatedness References Louv, R. (2008). Zelenski, J.
How I Can Afford My Life Of Constant Travel | Wandering Earl - StumbleUpon I’m confused. I’m simply confused as to how it’s possible that I have so far failed to properly explain how I’ve managed to travel/live/work abroad nonstop for 12 years straight (and counting). The questions are still pouring in every single day: How do you do it? How is it possible to travel for so long? Where does the money come from? And while I thoroughly enjoy communicating with readers (I’m being completely serious and encourage you all to continue sending your emails to me as often as you wish), the fact that these very questions are on the minds of so many of you out there has led me to believe that I need to do a better job at providing the answers. While it’s true that I’ve already written plenty of posts on the matter, clearly all of these posts, even as one collective entity, still fall well short of proving that a life of travel is not some crazy fantasy but a perfectly reasonable and easily attainable lifestyle option instead. So what am I to do? December 25, 1999: March 2000