Quote of the day
We argue with stories, internally or out loud. We talk back. We praise. We denounce. Every story is the beginning of a conversation, with ourselves as well as with others.
~ELIZABETH SVOBODA, author of What Makes a Hero?: The Surprising Science of Selflessness.
Eating hot chili peppers allows us to court danger without risk, activating areas of the brain related to both pleasure and pain.
Aside from being financially responsible and exercising more, eating healthier is one of the common New Year’s resolutions. For Abigail Keeso, eating healthy is the easy part–her New Year’s resolution was to become a first-time entrepreneur, with the launch of healthy eating platform That Clean Life.
Feed your brain with omega-3s and B vitamins.
Facebook is doing everything it can to monopolize your time online, ramping up efforts in video, messaging, and news, among other media. Now it’s unveiling a whole new portal that officially acknowledges what you already do anyway: spend all your time at work on Facebook.
Steven Pinker finds insight into the frailty of human nature within Measure for Measure
When Thomas Gilbert Jr. was arrested on Monday and charged with killing his wealthy father with a gunshot to the head, the rubbernecking and tut-tutting began almost immediately.
When Steve Jobs showed up at the San Francisco airport at the age of 19, his parents didn’t recognize him. Jobs, a Reed College dropout, had just spent a few months in India. He had gone to meet the region’s contemplative traditions — Hinduism, Buddhism — and the Indian sun had darkened his skin a few shades. The trip changed him in less obvious ways, too. Although you couldn’t predict it then, his travels would end up changing the business world.
I was perfectly happy with the name I’d had for 40 years. Unfortunately, my publisher had other ideas…
So much of what most of us consider to be good writing requires the writer to create a believable scene and realistic characters—or if not believable and realistic, close enough so that the reader willingly suspends their disbelief. Today’s article and corresponding writing practice is all about throwing those rules out the window by writing about weirdos.