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We've now introduced a prolonged phase of our lives, which can simply be called 'dying'. (via Fresh Air with Terry Gross...
01/31/2017
Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death

We've now introduced a prolonged phase of our lives, which can simply be called 'dying'. (via Fresh Air with Terry Gross)

In Modern Death, Dr. Haider Warraich says a slow dying process, during which patients move in and out of hospitals or nursing homes, is a "very recent development in our history as a species."

Friday's words of wisdom courtesy of Jocko Willink.
01/27/2017

Friday's words of wisdom courtesy of Jocko Willink.

‪Want to sleep faster? ‬
‪Eat clean. Workout hard. Crush your job. Have fun. Read before you sleep. Remember:Death is stalking. Free your mind.‬

Her name was Mrs. Grace Humiston. In less than a year, she would disappear. (via Thought Matters and Narratively)
01/24/2017
Thought Matters

Her name was Mrs. Grace Humiston. In less than a year, she would disappear. (via Thought Matters and Narratively)

"He would stop at nothing – nothing – to get back to that still space, to find out what happened to Ruth Cruger."

"A deeply serious, urgent book, which should take its place in the tradition of Baldwin's 'The Fire of Next Time' and  K...
01/16/2017
A Cry From the Heart: Michael Eric Dyson Addresses Race Head-On

"A deeply serious, urgent book, which should take its place in the tradition of Baldwin's 'The Fire of Next Time' and King's 'Why We Can't Wait'." -The New York Times on Michael Eric Dyson's Tears We Cannot Stop

In “Tears We Cannot Stop,” the public intellectual and ordained minister Michael Eric Dyson urges whites to awaken to black suffering.

Whether you keep them or not, resolutions are often about turning your ugliest habits on their head. Here's some frank a...
01/13/2017
Unf**k Your Habitat: compassionate cleaning advice, even for people terrified by Marie Kondo

Whether you keep them or not, resolutions are often about turning your ugliest habits on their head. Here's some frank advice for mastering the art of organization. (via Boing Boing)

Ever since I found the Unf**k Your Habitat Tumblr, I’ve been addicted to its brand of frank, compassionate, sweary advice for people who want to be organized but don’t know where to sta…

Does the American public already miss President Obama? (via The Boston Globe)
01/12/2017
Obama’s call to hope - The Boston Globe

Does the American public already miss President Obama? (via The Boston Globe)

The challenges Barack Obama confronted during his eight years as president remain underappreciated, as do the successes he achieved.

President Obama may have paid homage to Michelle in his final address last night, but FLOTUS' long list of admirers have...
01/11/2017
Ava DuVernay Says Goodbye to Michelle Obama

President Obama may have paid homage to Michelle in his final address last night, but FLOTUS' long list of admirers have some thoughts to add. Ava DuVernay pens a heartfelt tribute for ELLE.

A magical, historic, and bold First Lady.

Gretchen Rubin talks to Kim Scott about the habits that make Kim happier, more successful, and her new Radical Candor po...
01/10/2017
Radical Candor Archives - Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin talks to Kim Scott about the habits that make Kim happier, more successful, and her new Radical Candor podcast.

January 6, 2017 “The Habit of Daily Exercise Was Probably the Most Important and Unexpected Thing I Learned at Business School.” Interview: Kim Scott. I’ve known Kim for many years. She and I (and my husband Jamie, too) worked at the Federal Communications Commission together. After that job, I swit...

On the heels of the Golden Globes, a Hollywood insider shares tips from many years of managing chaos, stars, and yes, ev...
01/09/2017
How 30 Years in Hollywood Made Me a Good Boss - VICE

On the heels of the Golden Globes, a Hollywood insider shares tips from many years of managing chaos, stars, and yes, even alligators. (via VICE)

A veteran movie professional’s new book offers practical tips from a lifetime of working behind-the-scenes.

​"Sixteen writers, many of them African-American women, share what it’s been like to witness Michelle Obama in the W...
01/06/2017
Review: ‘The Meaning of Michelle,’ a First Lady Unlike Any Other

​"Sixteen writers, many of them African-American women, share what it’s been like to witness Michelle Obama in the White House." (via The New York Times)

Sixteen writers, many of them African-American women, share what it’s been like to witness Michelle Obama in the White House, in a new collection edited by Veronica Chambers.

"This is my attempt to address them in the most useful and, hopefully, edifying manner." -Michael Eric Dyson via The New...
01/04/2017
Michael Eric Dyson Believes in Individual Reparations

"This is my attempt to address them in the most useful and, hopefully, edifying manner." -Michael Eric Dyson via The New York Times

The author and Georgetown professor on police brutality, telling white people the truth and why charity isn’t a substitute for justice.

Jonathan Fenby argues that for more than two centuries, the Fifth Republic has been stuck in the mud of an outdated self...
01/03/2017
The Real Roots of the Paris Terrorist Attacks

Jonathan Fenby argues that for more than two centuries, the Fifth Republic has been stuck in the mud of an outdated self-confidence reinforced by political instability. (via The Wall Street Journal)

Ronald S. Rosbottom reviews “France: A Modern History From the Revolution to the War on Terror” by Jonathan Fenby.

As 2017 begins, sociologist Anna Akbari shares tips on how to move past all of the upheaval and drama of 2016. (via CNN)
01/02/2017
How to deal with a year like 2016 - CNN Video

As 2017 begins, sociologist Anna Akbari shares tips on how to move past all of the upheaval and drama of 2016. (via CNN)

This year we said goodbye to A-listers, saw sad images of war and heard political divisiveness. Sociologist Anna Akbari tells us ways to cope with depressing news.

We'll see you in 2017!
12/23/2016

We'll see you in 2017!

Ireland has always been an enigmatic land, and it was no different for the Vikings who attempted to conquer it. (via HIS...
12/20/2016
Globetrotting Vikings: The Raiding of Ireland - History in the Headlines

Ireland has always been an enigmatic land, and it was no different for the Vikings who attempted to conquer it. (via HISTORY)

Ireland appeared to be an easy target for the Vikings, but the politically fractured island’s apparent weakness turned out to be its greatest strength.

"La Flesche saw it as her job not to agitate for political change so much as to gain the skills that would allow her peo...
12/19/2016
How an Omaha Indian became a symbol of the American dream

"La Flesche saw it as her job not to agitate for political change so much as to gain the skills that would allow her people to work their way up." (via New York Post)

In the spring of 1889, Susan La Flesche, a member of the Omaha Indian tribe, graduated from medical school. As investigative journalist Joe Starita recounts in “A Warrior of the People,” his book a…

As 2016 winds down, it's time to take stock of the year that had no shortage of tricks up its sleeve. (from Charles Syke...
12/16/2016
Charlie Sykes on Where the Right Went Wrong

As 2016 winds down, it's time to take stock of the year that had no shortage of tricks up its sleeve. (from Charles Sykes)

I’m a conservative, not a “Judas goat.” But that’s what a Trump supporter from the tribal bubble I helped create called me.

The History Reader's award winning picks for the best in history, including Goodreads Choice winner, Leonard, by William...
12/15/2016
Nominating Our Best History Books 2016

The History Reader's award winning picks for the best in history, including Goodreads Choice winner, Leonard, by William Shatner.

Here are our best history books 2016. Everything from military bravery and historic events to unique little known stories.

While Donald J. Trump continues to make cabinet appointments that will shape the future of US foreign policy, it's worth...
12/12/2016
Is a Better World Possible Without U.S. Military Force?

While Donald J. Trump continues to make cabinet appointments that will shape the future of US foreign policy, it's worth revisiting this central question. (via The Atlantic)

It’s fiction to pretend that the most powerful nation can ever be truly “neutral” in foreign conflicts.

When The New York Times published Michael Eric Dyson's searing oped "Death in Black and White" this past summer, it evok...
12/08/2016
Michael Eric Dyson

When The New York Times published Michael Eric Dyson's searing oped "Death in Black and White" this past summer, it evoked so much controversy and conversation the NYT shut down the comments section. In fact, everyone from Beyoncé to Isabel Wilkerson tweeted about it.

This is my New York Times​ op-ed that started it all-- my forthcoming book and my discussion of race in America. Unfortunately, with the mistrial for Officer Michael Slager in the killing of Walter Scott, we have made little progress. And with the presidency of Donald Trump looming, there appears to be even less impetus to grapple with whiteness in America. But we must. I look forward to continuing the conversation with you all.

Colorado is the latest state to overwhelmingly approve "Death with Dignity" laws. The Diane Rehm Show talks to Duke Univ...
12/05/2016
The Debate Across The Nation Over "Death With Dignity" Laws - The Diane Rehm Show

Colorado is the latest state to overwhelmingly approve "Death with Dignity" laws. The Diane Rehm Show talks to Duke University School of Medicine's Haider Warraic about the US' growing support for the measure.

Colorado and the District of Columbia have joined California and four other states in allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives. An update on the nationwide debate over so-called death with dignity laws.

Calling all lovers of HGTV...
12/02/2016

Calling all lovers of HGTV...

Coming soon: Raise My Roof, a new podcast with RISE memoirist Cara Brookins. Subscribe now for inspiration & motivation: http://apple.co/2gLSzcm

When mindfulness feels like self-improvement hell, it's time to check out. (via The New York Times)
11/30/2016
Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

When mindfulness feels like self-improvement hell, it's time to check out. (via The New York Times)

Mindfulness is supposed to ease the stress of modern life, not add to it.

"Today — more than ever — those fighting for freedom there need the support of those who love freedom here." (via Ne...
11/29/2016
‘Atheist Muslims’ could be the key to defeating Islamic terror

"Today — more than ever — those fighting for freedom there need the support of those who love freedom here." (via New York Post)

I was raised in three Muslim majority countries — Libya, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan — and arrived in North America in my mid-20s. Two years after I settled in Canada, September 11 happened. Nineteen…

Timeline Photos
11/24/2016

Timeline Photos

"Democracy is not a spectator sport. Every person in this room is a powerful person if you choose to exercise your power...
11/21/2016
Sanders takes President-elect Trump to task during Book Fair appearance

"Democracy is not a spectator sport. Every person in this room is a powerful person if you choose to exercise your power. … and your power is 365 days a year.” --Bernie Sanders via Miami Herald

Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was in Miami to talk about his new book ‘Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In,’ and about his campaign.

America's first Native American woman doctor finally gets her time in the limelight courtesy of a new biography on her i...
11/18/2016
Remembering the First Native American Woman Doctor - History in the Headlines

America's first Native American woman doctor finally gets her time in the limelight courtesy of a new biography on her inspiring life. (via HISTORY)

A new book details how Susan La Flesche shattered not just one barrier, but two, to become the first Native American woman doctor in the United States in the 1880s.

Trump's presidential win may already be changing the scope of European politics and the French elections. (via Bloomberg...
11/17/2016
Fenby: Le Pen 'Not Trump-Like,' but Changing Landscape

Trump's presidential win may already be changing the scope of European politics and the French elections. (via Bloomberg)

Jonathan Fenby, managing director of European political research at TSL, discusses the impact of Donald Trump's election as U.S. president on French elections and European politics. He speaks with Bloomberg's Francine Lacqua on "Bloomberg Surveillance." (Source: Bloomberg)

11/15/2016
Bernie Sanders: Now More Than Ever, It's Our Revolution

Bernie Sanders stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk Trump, politics, and Our Revolution.

The Senator from Vermont remains optimistic about the country's future, and urges citizens to become more deeply involved in the political process. Subscribe...

The bestselling author of American Sniper shares a Green Beret's amazing story of courage. (via Thought Matters)
11/14/2016
Thought Matters

The bestselling author of American Sniper shares a Green Beret's amazing story of courage. (via Thought Matters)

Blinded and near death following a battle in Iraq, Ivan Castro fought his way back to health by training for running marathons. Since 2007, he has run over two dozen marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2013. Today, Castro helps prepare soldiers for combat, working exactly as if he were “sighted.”
#VeteransDay

Kennedy has been so many things since he was assassinated—hero of freedom, boy-king at the Round Table of Camelot, sun...
11/07/2016
The Messiah of Masculinity

Kennedy has been so many things since he was assassinated—hero of freedom, boy-king at the Round Table of Camelot, sunglassed celebrity and martyr. (via The Wall Street Journal)

Henry Allen reviews “JFK and the Masculine Mystique: Sex and Power on the New Frontier” by Steven Watts.

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