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Whether its extending the life of your groceries or salvaging those that are already past their prime, these storage tip...
09/16/2020
18 Ways to Fight Food Waste

Whether its extending the life of your groceries or salvaging those that are already past their prime, these storage tips will have you saving food and money. Learn how to preserve everything from old fruit to the last few drops of wine.

Whether its extending the life of your groceries or salvaging those that are already past their prime, these storage tips will have you saving food and money. Learn how to preserve everything from old fruit to the last few drops of wine.  Fruit and vegetable secrets 1. Zest anytime you need i

What happens to your retirement account when you leave a job? Well, a few things, actually. Money Girl explains 5 option...
09/16/2020
5 Options for Your Retirement Account When Leaving a Job

What happens to your retirement account when you leave a job? Well, a few things, actually. Money Girl explains 5 options for managing your retirement funds post-job so that you can preserve your savings.

One of the most common retirement questions I receive is what to do with a retirement account when leaving a job. Knowing your options for managing a retirement plan with an old employer is essential because most people change jobs many times throughout their careers. And millions of Americans remai

How many days can it take to control a wildfire? (More than you think.) Who fights wildfires? (You may be surprised!) Wh...
09/15/2020
How Do We Contain Wildfires? The Fascinating (and Frightening) Facts

How many days can it take to control a wildfire? (More than you think.)

Who fights wildfires? (You may be surprised!)

What tools do firefighters use to control, extinguish, and prevent them? (Everyday Einstein sheds some light on how we fight wildfires).

Like many other residents of Los Angeles, I woke up this morning to the smell of campfire in the air. The sun, normally bold and bright and unforgiving, was barely visible, like the beam of a small flashlight trying to make its way through the thick, smoky clouds. When I stepped outside to walk the

Something went wrong at work and fingers are pointing at you. Do you stand up and defend yourself at the risk of being l...
09/15/2020
How to Defend Yourself Without Being Defensive

Something went wrong at work and fingers are pointing at you. Do you stand up and defend yourself at the risk of being labeled “defensive?” Modern Mentor explains the different between defending and defensive and how you can stand up for yourself.

Something went wrong at work and fingers are pointing at you. You know it wasn’t your fault. Do you stand up and defend yourself at the risk of being labeled “defensive?” The answer is yes. And today I’ll be talking about what distinguishes defending from defensive, and how

For those fortunate to have grandparents in their lives, #GrandparentsDay is the perfect time to acknowledge this loving...
09/14/2020
Why Grandparents Are Essential—8 Wonderful Examples

For those fortunate to have grandparents in their lives, #GrandparentsDay is the perfect time to acknowledge this loving relationship.

Mighty Mommy shares just a few of the many ways in which grandparents are essential.

Each year, we celebrate Grandparent's Day on the first Sunday after Labor Day. For those fortunate to have grandparents in their lives, this holiday is the perfect time to acknowledge this loving relationship. Growing up, I was fortunate to have two incredible female role models, my grandmother

09/14/2020

Congress is supposed to work for "we, the people." But how do you make your voice heard? On the second episode of our new miniseries A User’s Guide to Democracy, Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice share how you can contact your representatives.

Read and listen here: https://bit.ly/2FBL2i4

People have been asking about the "unavailable" meaning of "out of pocket" for decades, but there's also an "inappropria...
09/11/2020
3 Meanings of 'Out of Pocket'

People have been asking about the "unavailable" meaning of "out of pocket" for decades, but there's also an "inappropriate" meaning that is spreading. Grammar Girl explains.

In July 2015, a listener named Barb Mindel posted a question on my page. She wrote, “I have recently heard a couple of my friends from the northeastern states use the term ‘out of pocket’ to refer to the fact that they were unavailable. What is the origin of this idiom?&rd

In part 2 of Savvy Psychologist's series on racism and mental health, she shares some tools to protect yourself against ...
09/11/2020
4 Buffers Against the Toxic Effects of Racism on Mental Health

In part 2 of Savvy Psychologist's series on racism and mental health, she shares some tools to protect yourself against the toxic effects of racism.

Last week, in the first of our 3-part series on racism and mental health, we took an unflinching look at how racism negatively affects Black and African American mental health. It’s not pretty. Racism not only adds day-to-day stress but it also affects the way a person sees themselves and the

Enter now for your chance to win a copy of A USER'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice at Celadon B...
09/10/2020
Promo - Macmillan

Enter now for your chance to win a copy of A USER'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice at Celadon Books! Bonus: You'll also receive a signed print by New Yorker cartoonist Tom Toro! Learn how to enter here.

How much do you know about elections and voting in the U.S.? Quiz yourself!

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It's a complicated and serious issue. Fortunately, there are more...
09/10/2020
5 Ways to Help Someone Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. It's a complicated and serious issue. Fortunately, there are more and more resources to help those who are struggling and to empower their loved ones with tools to help. #SuicidePreventionDay https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/mental-health/help-suicidal-thoughts

I had a patient who lost her adult daughter to suicide many years ago. This patient was one of the kindest, most selfless people I knew. She was a loving mother and grandmother, a NICU nurse whose life’s calling was to take care of sick babies, and an insightful person who was always quick to

Scholars have discussed a number of ways that racism can affect mental health. Savvy Psychologist breaks down how racism...
09/09/2020
How Does Racism Affect Black Mental Health?

Scholars have discussed a number of ways that racism can affect mental health. Savvy Psychologist breaks down how racism affects marginalized people's sleep, self-image, and access to mental healthcare.

Some Savvy Psychologist listeners have rightfully wondered why  a mental health podcast has been silent on racism for a while. After all, racism cuts deeply into mental health, and it’s impossible to truly talk about one without the other. And in 2020, of all years, the many wounds of rac

Get a crash course in American government with A User’s Guide to Democracy, our new miniseries on Unknown History hosted...
09/07/2020

Get a crash course in American government with A User’s Guide to Democracy, our new miniseries on Unknown History hosted by Hannah McCarthy and Nick Capodice. Check out episode 1 for a primer on the Electoral College and be sure to pick up a copy of A USER'S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY: HOW AMERICA WORKS from Celadon Books. It goes on sale tomorrow!

Read and listen here: https://bit.ly/3jT26z1

When you've read and/or listened, check out the comments to see how you could enter for your chance to win a copy!

Need a podcast recommendation? We're looking forward to diving into Driving the Green Book from Macmillan Podcasts, a li...
09/03/2020
‎Driving the Green Book on Apple Podcasts

Need a podcast recommendation? We're looking forward to diving into Driving the Green Book from Macmillan Podcasts, a living history podcast that explores how Black Americans traveled during segregation and today.

Listen to the trailer now.

‎Documentary · 2020

09/03/2020
Get-Fit Guy

Have you tried Get-Fit Guy's 5-0-0 workout yet? We couldn't celebrate his 500th episode without a special workout!

Let us know how you did below!

I created this 5-0-0 workout to commemorate the 500th episode of the Get-Fit Guy podcast.

I call it the 5-0-0 work because it includes:
5 = reps of the five key movements (push-ups, pull-ups, squats, planks, twists)
0 = isometric hold for 5 seconds
0 = rest for 50 seconds

The workout goes like this:

1. Do 5 push-ups, then hold yourself just off the floor isometrically for 5 seconds, then take a 50-second rest.

2. Do 5 *pull-ups, then hold your chin at the bar for 5 seconds, and take a 50-second rest.

3. Do 5 squats, hold the lowest squat you can for 5 seconds, then a 50-second rest.

4. Do 5 plank taps (on each foot), then hold in plank position for 5 seconds, and take a 50-second rest.

5. Do 5 Russian twists, then hold in the middle position (boat pose) for 5 seconds, and take a 50-second rest.

Finally, go back to the beginning and do it again for a total of five sets.

* In this video I do seated rows instead of pull-ups but that is just to keep the filming simple and quick (my pull-up bar is down two flights of stairs in my office) *

The benefits of teaching kids to cook go beyond healthy eating—cooking can also help them learn important STEAM skills. ...
09/02/2020
Helping Kids Learn STEAM Skills in the Kitchen

The benefits of teaching kids to cook go beyond healthy eating—cooking can also help them learn important STEAM skills. The co-founder of I Cook After School joins Nutrition Diva to share fun way to turn math and science concepts into an edible experience.

This week I  am sharing some highlights of a conversation I recently had with Lesya Mervena, who is the co-founder (with Olga David) of a program called I Cook After School. This is a hands-on extracurricular program for elementary school kids, where cooking and kitchen skills are used not just

09/02/2020

Get a crash course in American democracy with A User’s Guide to Democracy, a new podcast miniseries from the hosts of Civics 101 Podcast and the authors of A USER’S GUIDE TO DEMOCRACY: HOW AMERICA WORKS from Celadon Books.

Start listening on 9/7: http://hyperurl.co/UsersGuide

MONEY-SMART SOLOPRENEUR, the new book from Money Girl, is an essential guide to discover your profit potential and stay ...
09/02/2020
5 Tips for Building a Side Business

MONEY-SMART SOLOPRENEUR, the new book from Money Girl, is an essential guide to discover your profit potential and stay out of trouble as your own boss.

Check out this excerpt for solid tips to earn more using low-risk business-building strategies.

You’ve probably noticed that people are embracing entrepreneurship like never before. Due to the widespread availability of technological business tools, there’s never been a better time to become your own boss. With an internet connection and a smart-phone or laptop, you can work from j

09/01/2020

Conversations about diversity are essential, but engaging in them can be confusing and intimidating.

Irshad Manji joins Modern Mentor for an enlightening conversation on labels, dishonest diversity, and perspective.

Get her advice now: http://ow.ly/zh8y50BexXG

Happy 500th episode to Get-Fit Guy! Thanks for helping us cut through the fads and make exercise effective AND enjoyable...
09/01/2020
Get-Fit Guy's Top 10 Fitness Questions and Answers

Happy 500th episode to Get-Fit Guy! Thanks for helping us cut through the fads and make exercise effective AND enjoyable.

In honor of the milestone, we're looking back on Get-Fit Guy's top 10 episodes and the takeaway lessons we can learn from them. What's been your favorite episode of his?

Back in August of 2010, the OG Get-Fit Guy, Ben Greenfield, wrote an article called Which Exercise Machine Burns the Most Calories? Even back then, the takeaway tips were probably not what the audience was expecting. The answers are rarely (I would even go as far as to say never) as clear cut as &ld

It IS possible to get your teen out of the virtual world and into the real one--it just takes a little creativity. Might...
08/31/2020

It IS possible to get your teen out of the virtual world and into the real one--it just takes a little creativity. Mighty Mommy shares her tips to help the whole family unplug and spend more quality time together.

Read on here: http://ow.ly/ci2t50Bdo1i

More doomscrolling content!  Grammar Girl shares the meaning behind the word.
08/28/2020
What Does ‘Doomscrolling’ Mean?

More doomscrolling content! Grammar Girl shares the meaning behind the word.

I confess that I am a doomscroller. A big doomscroller.  If you aren’t sure what that means, the definition uploaded to Urban Dictionary in March 2020 by a user who goes by PenelopePenguin, is perfect:  ‘Doomsurfing’ or ‘Doomscrolling’? The practice

08/28/2020

Chances are, you’ve already heard the term “doomscrolling.” Even if you haven’t, you’ve likely found yourself a victim of its morbid seduction. Your thumb hovers over the infinite scroll of your newsfeed, the glare from your phone lighting your face with an eerie glow, and a sense of despair settles in your belly.

After all, it’s 2020—doomscrolling has become a global pastime.

But if doomscrolling only makes us feel worse, why do we do it? Savvy Psychologist explains and shares a few important tips to stop. Read on in the comments.

Modern Mentor's latest LinkedIn video comes with a bonus fashion tip (check it out and you'll see what we mean!). Put on...
08/27/2020

Modern Mentor's latest LinkedIn video comes with a bonus fashion tip (check it out and you'll see what we mean!).

Put on your green glasses on--look at your work world with fresh eyes--and you'll find opportunities to enhance, tweak, or resolve something.

Watch now: http://ow.ly/IUZR50BaADK

08/27/2020

We've got a few fascinating episodes on doomscrolling coming up...are you familiar with the habit (and are you guilty of it)?

For new investors, the stock market can seem mysterious and intimidating, but it can offer high potential returns. Fortu...
08/26/2020
A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Stocks

For new investors, the stock market can seem mysterious and intimidating, but it can offer high potential returns.

Fortunately, there are ways to participate while significantly limiting your risk. Money Girl shares how you can get started in the stock market, even with little money or experience.

To new investors, the stock market can seem mysterious and intimidating. Many people hear that buying stocks is risky, but they like the potentially high investment returns. Fortunately, there are some ways to make money investing in stocks that significantly limit your risk. Just about every inves

If you don't want to (or can't) drink cow's milk, there are lots of non-dairy alternatives. From oat to coconut milk and...
08/26/2020
What's the Best Non-Dairy Milk Substitute?

If you don't want to (or can't) drink cow's milk, there are lots of non-dairy alternatives.

From oat to coconut milk and everything in between, Nutrition Diva shares how they stack up nutritionally.

For those who avoid dairy products, there are a lot of milk substitutes to choose from. You can buy non-diary alternatives made from soy, rice, almond, oat, coconut, peas, or hemp. Is there any reason to choose one over the others? For that matter, are any of these more nutritious than cow’s m

If you're feeling bored or stuck at work, but leaving right now is not an option, you can still explore other paths. Mod...
08/25/2020
How to Explore Other Career Options without Losing Your Job

If you're feeling bored or stuck at work, but leaving right now is not an option, you can still explore other paths.
Modern Mentor shares tips, like taking an online class or starting a side hustle, to dip a toe into a new career before taking the plunge.

Unemployment, overwhelm, disengagement, and reprioritization of what matters most professionally—these are just a few issues friends and clients have raised with me in recent weeks. For all kinds of reasons, 2020 has prompted many of us to pause and reflect. We’re wondering, we’re

Wild bee populations are at risk. Why are wild bee colonies in decline, why is it a big deal, and how can you help? Ever...
08/25/2020
Why Do We Need to Save the Bees?

Wild bee populations are at risk. Why are wild bee colonies in decline, why is it a big deal, and how can you help? Everyday Einstein shares what you can do and why bees are essential.

The honey bee, with its fuzzy midsection and black and yellow striped bottom, tends to be the poster child for bees. But actually, there are more than 20,000 species of bees worldwide. Many crops depend on both wild bees and managed species of honey bees for their pollination. According to the 

What can we do to balance our negative and positive thoughts?Trick question! Controlling our thoughts doesn’t make for a...
08/24/2020
Don't Let Common Thinking Traps Get You Stuck

What can we do to balance our negative and positive thoughts?

Trick question! Controlling our thoughts doesn’t make for a healthy mental experience—if we try to manipulate our thoughts, we’re only fooling ourselves and, since the mind has a pretty strong will, fighting a losing battle.

Trying to put all of our inner experiences in rose-colored boxes often either doesn’t work or doesn’t last very long, but Savvy Psychologist and Psychology Today say that, instead of trying to eliminate negative thoughts, we can instead focus on becoming more aware of the tricks our thoughts play.

There are a few common thinking traps we’re all guilty of falling into.

Yogurt, cabbage, tea, and a ton of other natural remedies can help relieve ulcer pain.
08/24/2020
7 Natural Remedies for Ulcers

Yogurt, cabbage, tea, and a ton of other natural remedies can help relieve ulcer pain.

Onions Stock up on onions! They might give you gas, but they also prevent the growth of ulcer-causing bacteria that can increase your risk of gastritis (stomach inflammation) and, over time, lead to stomach cancer. Add sliced onion to salads and sandwiches, or toss them into stir-fries, fajitas, an

Death—what isn’t there to be afraid of? It’s the ultimate end! So how come some people fear it more than others?Savvy Ps...
08/21/2020
How to Master Your Fear of Death

Death—what isn’t there to be afraid of? It’s the ultimate end! So how come some people fear it more than others?

Savvy Psychologist says there are some things that may subtly, or not so subtly, affect how much we fear death (or at least how much we’re aware of it.):

1. Older people tend to fear death less

2. Religious belief makes us more afraid

3. Experience with danger

4. Physical health

Read on for more on why we fear death and what you can do to overcome your anxiety surrounding it.

Are you afraid of death? Do you think about it a lot, dreading that it will happen one day? Or do you shrug and accept death as inevitable and okay? I remember having this very philosophical and psychological discussion with family members last year, and it was fascinating how we had such different

Grammar Girl's advanced AP style webinar with Ragan Communications is just a few hours away--but there's still time to r...
08/21/2020

Grammar Girl's advanced AP style webinar with Ragan Communications is just a few hours away--but there's still time to register. Get the most up-to-date AP information and learn how to make your messaging stand out. Use code MACMILLAN to save. Sign up here: http://ow.ly/Zej550B5tMe

See you at 2PM ET!

Your home is meant to be your oasis, but it's not so easy if you're hit with funky smells the minute you walk in the doo...
08/20/2020
How to Make Your Home (and Everything in it) Smell Good

Your home is meant to be your oasis, but it's not so easy if you're hit with funky smells the minute you walk in the door. Here are our top 9 easy recipes for natural, homemade ways to deodorize your home and the smelly things that enter (or live in) it.

You walk into your home after being gone at work or out shopping, and whoa … something smells funky! But where is it coming from? You sniff. You search. You’re stumped. Has this ever happened to you? Your home can be filled with all sorts of things that can make it smell downright

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