THE BEST RECIPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
I get that “best” is all relative, but I tried to get a good sample of dishes from around the world including some appetizers, main dishes, desserts and sweets. I grouped the recipes by region as best I could to make it easier to find certain cuisines. And…
You can read books, magazines, and newspapers without having to purchase them. The most well-known function of libraries is lending books and other reading materials. This is the function I appreciate the most. Because it doesn’t cost anything, I can check out lots of books on lots of topics. If I don’t like one, I…
Challenge 1: Not knowing where to start
Do you start writing a book from the beginning? The middle or end? Do you plan scene settings or character conversations and actions first? These are common questions many first-time novelists have about the writing process.
The truth is that there’s no single best way to start writing a book.…
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdin
In Influence, Dr Robert Cialdini, a seminal expert in influence and persuasion, explains the psychological reasons behind why it is that people say “yes” and how to influence others, applying these understandings to a business environment. Cialdini uses case studies to support his arguments and he writes…
Have you ever felt the need to stifle a yawn after reading something you’ve written? “Oh boy,” you said to yourself. “That sure wasn’t very interesting….”
The German word for boredom is langeweile – lange meaning “long” and weile for “a while.” When you’re bored, time moves like a three-toed sloth — which is pretty…
Even as babies, kids build reading skills that set the foundation for learning to read. Here’s a list of reading milestones by age. Keep in mind that kids develop reading skills at their own pace, so they may not be on this exact timetable.
Babies (ages 0–12 months)
Begin to reach for soft-covered books or…
Problem solving discussions on news broadcasts, in newspaper op-eds, on social media, and in political speeches have a consistent thread: “We can fix it by changing (one thing).”
Most problems are not particularly simple. Societal and economic problems are incredibly complex, even in a small community. Winning a game of chess against Bobby Fischer or IBM’s…
DELETE AND START OVER
Perhaps you’ve managed to scribble a few words on paper. Or you’ve pecked out an uninspired paragraph or two on your laptop. But it’s not bringing you joy. You’re not inspired to continue writing. So don’t.
Yes. Whether you’ve written a chapter or a sentence, get reckless and delete…
Can we laugh yet?
With the covid-19 pandemic still grinding on, half the country unvaccinated, millions unemployed and hundreds of thousands of families grieving, is laughter even allowed?
“To every thing there is a season,” Ecclesiastes says, “a time to weep, and a time to laugh.”
If ever there were a summer to hang…
As everyone knows, stress is a huge problem in the workplace. Stress reduces productivity, increases health care costs, and turns work that ought to be fun into an overhyped yet dreary chore.
Fortunately, it needn't be that way. Here are seven quick reads that will reduce your stress level from the moment you begin to read…
No one will read your book.
This isn’t an insult. It’s a statistical fact.
For an example that’s depressing on many levels, take Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard’s Killing Patton, which according to Nielsen was the only adult book (in English) to sell more than one million copies last year. When viewed globally, selling 1.19 million copies of…