A haunted classroom

My classroom used to be haunted. Yes, that’s what I said—haunted. Now, I know what you’re thinking—that sounds certifiably nuts. Perhaps. But, I am in fact serious. Maybe this idea resonates with you: the notion of a spirit from some other realm walking amongst us to …

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Anyone Can Be A Celebrity

Today anyone can be a celebrity: We define a celebrity as someone we want to know everything about, whether she likes it and maximizes the benefits of such exposure or she crumbles under the pressure and invasiveness (the perpetually derailed Britney Spears, for example, who seems to both abhor and …

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Quit Your Boss

As the saying goes, ‘People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.’ Bully bosses might believe that yelling and threatening is the best way to motivate employees, but according to research, being an abusive supervisor does not lead to greater employee productivity. It makes no sense for a leader to …

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How Much Is Enough?

How much money is enough? When asked this question, the richest American at the time, John D. Rockefeller Sr., responded, Just a little bit more.

“More” is a disease that infects regardless of the level of our assets. If we put Rockefeller’s quote within the context of his life …

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The First Video Game

For one Russian man, permanently changing the course of human history took only an hour and forty-eight minutes. On April 12, 1961, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin crammed himself into an eight-foot-wide capsule atop a twenty-story-tall rocket and soon became the first earthling to break through our atmosphere and reach space. Back …

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Where to camp

Camping destinations abound if you know where to find them. The trick is determining where you are allowed to camp safely and legally. The other requirement is to strictly follow the Leave No Trace Seven Principles wherever you stop, especially in locations without designated campsites. To limit the traffic to …

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Underestimating Things

A friend at school used to be fond of saying, “It’s very probable that something improbable will happen.” It sounded mysterious at the time, and only over the years have I started to truly understand what he meant.

The unexpected, the unlikely, and indeed the downright extraordinary happen all …

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Street Photography

Photography renders life, the here and now, unequivocally the there and then. It preserves; once lifted from time, an object is ageless.

First, any photograph is unavoidably of something that has occurred in the past. We often have a peculiar sentimental attachment to what has been and gone, which photography …

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Mindfulness to cure Unhappiness

If you’ve ever been deeply unhappy with your life for any length of time, you know how difficult it can be to do anything about it. No matter how hard you may try, things just don’t get better—or not for long. You feel stressed out, exhausted with …

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Tells from Eye Movement

The eyes allow you to get inside another person’s mind and learn where his or her answer is coming from. The person’s eye movements tell you if he or she is remembering something, visualizing it, or constructing it. You can easily demonstrate this for yourself. Stand in front …

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