Nonfiction: American Jews Face a Choice: Create Meaning or Fade Away

Five new books touch on American Jewish identity and what will sustain it into the future.
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UK to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel, Sky News understands.
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Sky and Netflix combine to create ‘ultimate’ package

Sky and Netflix have announced details of their partnership, creating what they say will be the UK’s “biggest on demand TV service”.
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Danielle Guizio Teams With FDNY to Create Limited-Edition Capsule Collection

FOUR-ALARM FASHION: With a few relatives who are firefighters, Danielle Guizio understands the round-the-clock dedication that goes with the job. Now the New York-based contemporary designer has created a capsule collection with the New York City Fire Department. Developed to honor the work of New York’s bravest, the nine-piece collection of genderless streetwear features FDNY logos and incorporates uniform accents and fire truck insignia.
Four years into her own company, Guizio started her career as a stylist, working with Lady Gaga’s stylist among others. More recently, she started doing a little personal shopping on the side at the request of her friends including Halsey, whom she first met six years ago. One of Giuzio’s childhood friends is now the musician’s manager. The designer said she first got to know of Halsey via the Internet. “It might have even been before Instagram,” she said.
The pair became friends during their leaner days, when each was trying to make their way. At that time, Halsey was sleeping on the floor with two of Giuzio’s other friends in a New York apartment. As for lending a hand to Gaga’s wardrobe, Guizio said she grew up singing and dancing to the six-time Grammy winner’s music in

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‘Pokémon Go’ Dev Niantic, Knight Foundation Create Fellowship Program

“Pokémon Go” developer Niantic and non-profit the Knight Foundation are launching a 6-month initiative to bring the studio’s augmented reality technology to local communities, Niantic announced on Thursday. The Niantic/Knight Fellows Program’s first five members will work on projects that utilize Niantic tech to address community issues while promoting resident engagement. For example, Roger Riddle […]

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Robert Stock to Create New Brand

Robert Stock is ready to do it again.
The founder and former chairman of Robert Graham has transitioned out of that role and will launch another brand next month.
Called simply Robert, the upscale men’s lifestyle brand will be online only and utilize a club concept where customers will pay a membership fee to join Robert’s Club and gain access to the woven shirts, knitwear, sport coats and outerwear.
Stock’s partner in the new venture is Thomas Main, former head of design at Robert Graham, and a 30-year colleague of the designer.
“This is what keeps me going,” Stock told WWD. He said that since the Robert Graham company was acquired by Tengram Capital Partners five years ago and subsequently went public, there have been a series of “ups and downs.” Stock has been serving as a brand ambassador and consultant and has not been involved in the day-to-day operation of the brand.
However, he said the parting was amicable and he remains “on very friendly terms” with the Robert Graham team. “My name is on the label and I’m still a stockholder and have a lot of feelings for the company. So if the situation calls for it, and they need me, I’m always available.”
Stock, a Coty- and Cutty Sark-award winning

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Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘space force’

Donald Trump has ordered the Pentagon to create a US “space force”, which he said would become the sixth branch of the American military.
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Scientists create hair dye from Ribena blackcurrants

Blackcurrant skins left over in the production of Ribena have been used to create a new type of hair dye.
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Nike, Converse Create Art of a Champion NBA-Themed Collection

NEW YORK — Sixteen is a magic number in basketball. It marks the number of playoff wins a team needs to capture a National Basketball Association championship title.
And so Nike, along with its Converse and Jordan divisions, has latched onto that number and created a retro-inspired collection of 16 shoes called the Art of a Champion that celebrates special performances in NBA playoff history. The shoes will slowly be introduced to the market over the next two months and will launch with the Kobe 1 Proto “Final Seconds” on April 14. That shoe will retail for $ 175, and will be followed by the Converse Pro Leather Mid “The Scoop,” on April 19 ($ 100), and then the Air Force 1 High Retro “Rude Awakening” on April 26 ($ 130). The Nike Air Force 270 “Gold Standard” ($ 170) will be the final release on June 14.
The collection will also include a “mystery drop” that will feature this year’s NBA champion. During an event at Nike’s New York headquarters on Monday, the company drummed up interest in the collection by hosting a question-and-answer session with three former NBA greats: Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace and Julius Erving. The men reminisced about highlights from their storied

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Westin Hotels & Resorts Creates First Upcycling Program to Create Pajamas for Children

CALL IT A NIGHT: With its “Project Rise: ThreadForward” program, Westin Hotels & Resorts is upcycling sheets into children’s pajamas — many of which will be given to those in need.
The initiative is an offshoot of Westin’s “Let’s Rise” global campaign, which is built around six pillars of well-being such as Sleeping Well, Eating Well and Being Well. Staffers at 50 of Westin’s 225 hotels were asked for ideas to take wellness into the broader communities. Of the 325 ideas suggested, the standout upcycling one came from a housekeeping supervisor at the Westin Trillium House in Canada, who pointed out the considerable amount of bed linens that her hotel, as well as others, go through during the course of a year without any systematic repurposing. She suggested creating a recycling program to put them to use.
While some thinning or damaged bed linens are torn to be used as rags for housekeeping functions or donated to shelters, a good amount wound up in landfills as waste, according to Westin’s senior vice president and global brand leader Brian Povinelli. The first 50 hotels to participate generated about 30,000 pounds of bed linens and terry cloth which has resulted in about 2,000 pairs

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Hospital Giants in Talks to Create U.S.’s Largest Operator

Two major hospital operators are in talks about a possible merger that would create the largest U.S. hospital owner, as a series of major deals are poised to consolidate control of the health-care landscape into fewer hands.
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North West Asked Her Parents to Create a YouTube Beauty Tutorial

Kim Kardashian may be a social media maven — with 104 million followers on Instagram alone — but she and husband Kanye West have other plans for their four-year-old daughter North West.
In an exclusive interview with WWD on her new fragrances, Kardashian talked about the importance of social media for marketing her businesses, from Snapchat’s candid nature that allows her to share her everyday life to using Twitter to communicate with her fans. Instagram, however, is her visual mood board without a conversational aspect.
“You have to have a thick skin — which is a given,” she said pointedly, noting that she’s in no rush to have her children follow in her footsteps.
“You know, the other day it was so funny. My daughter watches so many YouTube tutorials and videos and she was unboxing the My Little Pony Colourpop collection and I thought to myself, ‘I wish I was recording this’ because her reaction was so funny. And then she did makeup on the My Little Pony that they gave and she said, ‘Mom, I want to do a YouTube video,’” Kardashian recounted.
After the running the idea by dad — Kanye West’s answer was a resounding “no” — the two came

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Last Jedi Director to Create Star Wars Trilogy

Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, will be creating a brand-new trilogy of Star Wars films, and is set to write and direct the first of the three films.

StarWars.com announced that Johnson will write and direct the first of the three films along with his long-time collaborator Ram Bergman as producer. The trilogy will be separate from the Skywalker saga and “introduce new characters from a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored.”

Though reports have said Lucasfilm is looking into making more films beyond Episode IX featuring the characters introduced in The Force Awakens, the official announcement of Johnson’s films indicate these will be entirely different projects.

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Books of The Times: ‘Sticky Fingers’ Captures Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner and the Culture He Helped Create

The biographer Joe Hagan understands why a rock magazine editor matters to the history of the 20th century.
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Barneys Taps John Vizzone to Create Millennial-Skewed Line

Barneys New York is heightening its focus on the Millennial shopper and has tapped Cifonelli creative director John Vizzone to create a more-moderately priced collection of tailored clothing targeted to this younger customer.
The collection, John Vizzone x Barneys New York, is exclusive to Barneys for at least the next year, said Vizzone, who served as creative director for Ralph Lauren’s Purple Label collection for more than 25 years before signing on with Cifonelli in 2014.
Tom Kalenderian, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear for Barneys, said Vizzone and the retailer’s merchandising team were brainstorming about how best to attract a younger customer where they saw a void in the assortment. “It was the missing link in our business,” he said.
The younger guy will come to Barneys for his limited-edition sneakers, jewelry or other items, but with the average suit selling for more than $ 3,000 and shirts in the high $ 300 range and above, he often shops elsewhere for his more-tailored pieces, Kalenderian said.
So Vizzone agreed to create a line of Italian-made suits, sport coats and trousers that will retail for $ 995, $ 695 and $ 250 to $ 265, respectively. The collection will also include woven shirts made in Spain for

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Google and UC Berkeley to create movie from eclipse images

The pictures of the total solar eclipse will also be used to study the Sun’s outermost atmosphere.
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How to Create a 19th-Century-Style Man Cave

Interior designer Frank de Biasi finds inspiration in the cobbled-together refuge of exiled French author Victor Hugo, and shows you how to get the look.
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Kindergarten Teacher Kidnapped 16-Year-Old to Create Child Porn: He ‘Manipulates and Rationalizes Like a Child’

A former Las Vegas kindergarten teacher was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for kidnapping a 16-year-old girl and creating child pornography with her in his apartment for two months, PEOPLE confirms.

Melvyn Sprowson, 48, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 12½ years by Judge Stefany Miley, court documents obtained by PEOPLE show.

In March, Sprowson was convicted on four counts of unlawful use of a minor in the production of pornography, one count of first-degree kidnapping and one count of child abuse. He had pleaded not guilty and represented himself.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that at his sentencing hearing on Monday, Sprowson told Judge Miley that he still loved the victim.

Sprowson met the teen through a Craigslist ad he posted in August 2013, reports CBS8 Las Vegas.

Prosecutors alleged that he had the victim send him photos of her wearing very little clothing. The two exchanged several photographs, and eventually met at a roller-skating rink, reports the Review-Journal.

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Sprowson and the victim developed a relationship after a few weeks. When the girl’s disapproving mother discovered her daughter’s contact with Sprowson, she took away her daughter’s phone as punishment, reports the Review-Journal reports.

Sprowson said he intended on keeping the girl in his apartment until she turned old enough that the two could get married, the Review-Journal reports. According to the victim’s testimony at trial, Sprowson removed her from school and prevented boys from entering his apartment while she was there.

While the girl was in his apartment, she wasn’t allowed to have any contact with her family. When Sprowson left the apartment with the victim, he concealed her identity with baggy clothes and a baseball cap. One time, Sprowson drove the victim right past her family’s house, reports the Review-Journal.

After Sprowson was charged but released from custody, he reached out to the victim on Instagram, reports the Review-Journal.

“This is someone who is absolutely incapable of doing two things: number one, doing what is right, and number two, knowing what he did was wrong,” Prosecutor Jacqueline Bluth said, as reported by the Review-Journal. “I’ve never once heard him take responsibility or accountability for what he has done.”

The paper also reports the victim’s grandmother asked Miley for the maximum sentence.

“This is a grown man who lies, manipulates and rationalizes like a child,” the victim’s grandmother said. “So I don’t see any hope of him not doing the same thing to another child.”

During his sentencing, Sprowson said, “This is an issue of age of consent. This is not an issue of me being a criminal and having criminal intent,” according to the Review-Journal. “One day I will die, and I will wake up in the arms of Jesus. That is my sole consolation in this whole process. The Lord knows what happened. I have a clear conscious before God.”

Sprowson at one point seemed to insist that he should not have even been charged with a crime, reports the Review-Journal.

“If she was 18 and not 16, would I have been charged with kidnapping? The answer is absolutely no,” he said. “If she was 18 and not 16, would I have been charged with child abuse? The answer is no,” Sprowson said.

 Sprowson told the judge he plans to appeal, according to NBC3 News Las Vegas.


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The Cadogan Estate’s Chelsea in Bloom Project Continues to Create Buzz

FLOWER POWER: One of central London’s largest property owners has been capitalizing on the annual Chelsea Flower Show to promote retail in the neighborhood. The Cadogan Estate — which looks after properties throughout Chelsea and Knightsbridge — said its Chelsea in Bloom Retail initiative has been drawing increasing footfall — and greater attention — to the neighborhood.
This year’s initiative saw 50 West London retailers take part, mounting floral displays around the time of the Chelsea Flower Show, which wrapped up last weekend. The five-day flower show, the most important in the U.K., is hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society and held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The Cadogan Estate’s initiative saw elaborate floral decorations on storefronts, life-sized African animal installations, floral rickshaw rides, in-store offers, events and floral-inspired menus and promotions.
Hugh Seaborn, chief executive officer at the Cadogan Estate, said the event typically had about 30 businesses taking part, but saw the number rise to 50 this year, with footfall in Chelsea up 24 percent last week during the flower show.
“It is so important to support brick-and-mortar stores at the moment because the online experience is growing faster than brick-and-mortar sales,” said Seaborn. “We allow retailers to showcase their retail proposition

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Zuckerberg to Harvard grads: 'You have to create a sense of purpose for others'

Zuckerberg to Harvard grads: 'You have to create a sense of purpose for others'Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard University to give the class of 2017's commencement speech.



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Scientists create the world’s thinnest hologram

Scientists have created the world’s thinnest hologram, opening up the opportunity to embed the technology in smartphones.
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Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in Word

Pogue's Basics: How to create a search-and-replace macro in WordAmong its thousands of features, macros are power-user tools that could benefit a lot of people. You hit Record Macro, you do something — a search and replace, let’s say — and then you can play back that macro later. Actually, search and replace is a bad example — Microsoft Word cannot, in fact, record and play back a search/replace.



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Matchless London, Schwarzenegger Create Limited-Edition Men’s Collection

“I’LL BE BACK”: Matchless London is collaborating with Arnold Schwarzenegger on a limited-edition collection of three men’s wear staples, all made in Italy.
“Having worked closely with Arnold for ‘The Terminator’ movie, it is with enormous pride and satisfaction that yet again Matchless London, with its timeless style and quality, have teamed up with such an action hero and jointly created this exciting new part of our collection,” said Michele Malenotti, managing director of Matchless London.  The project will support Schwarzenegger’s charity foundation, After-School All-Stars.
Winking to Schwarzenegger’s action hero roles, the Iron Bomber is realized in Matchless antique black leather, using an exclusive Riri Swiss handmade zip for the front and pockets. The back is emblazoned with the U.S. flag with a vintage effect. The inside label is signed by the actor.

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The cowboy blazer in tanned leather has a back half belt, shaped buttoned pockets and a detachable shearling waistcoat. Matchless included an inside cigar holder pocket “in true Schwarzenegger style with his top selection of Partagas, Montecristo and Cohiba,” the company said. To complete the look, there is a label inside signed by the actor and by Malenotti.
 

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The M47 Tank Parka is a three-quarter length double-breasted coat with six buttons in leather and

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Cardiff Uni bid to create osteoarthritis ‘smart patch’

Scientist in Wales are hoping to create a smart patch which could detect onset osteoarthritis in patients’ knees.
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Essilor, Luxottica to Create $49 Billion Eyewear Giant

Luxottica, maker of Ray-Ban, has agreed to a merger with French optical-lens maker Essilor, placing its Italian founder at the helm of a globe-spanning colossus with brands gracing European catwalks and California beaches.
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This new Google app will let your kids create their own cartoons

This new Google app will let your kids create their own cartoonsGoogle is launching a free app that will let kids draw, animate and narrate 3D cartoons. It’s called Toontastic 3D, and kids as young as 6 can create their own stories. Children choose things like “idea lab” in the app to get inspired or “science report” to help with a project for school.



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How To Create Quiet Spaces In Your Home

This article first appeared on QuietRev.com
Contrary to popular belief, not all introverts are homebodies. I myself love getting out on the streets and observing all the personalities colliding around me—and I’m the kind of person who gets nervous about interactions to the point where a little small talk with a cab driver puts me in cold sweats. However, a quiet, introverted mind does crave a safe, calming space built just for thinking and rejuvenation, especially after enduring a barrage of stimuli from the external world.

Creating that area within the home requires designing (and living) with intention. We tend to treat our homes as dumping grounds—not only for our possessions but also for our overly-tired bodies. I know that upon arrival home at the end of a long day, if my home feels uncomfortable, cluttered, or noisy, I tend to feel adrift. As an introvert, if my place of retreat is threatened, I can be easily thrown for a loop, and the quality of my writing and a clear headspace will be the first two casualties. To truly reap the benefits of a quiet space, you’ll need to learn the habit of treating your home with reverence and love, becoming more thoughtful about where you place items and how you spend your time inside.

Locate quiet within your space

Turn off your TV, your music, and your phone, and listen. Hear that humming from your refrigerator? The whoosh of the air conditioning running? The ticking of the clock? A lot of appliances and devices let off excess noise we don’t notice during our day-to-day routines. I’m a person who suffers from mid-level anxiety, meaning my brain is always anxiously ticking off a number of thoughts, and that excess ambient noise just adds to the neural confusion.

To combat this, I’ve tried incorporating more quiet spaces into my home. I turn off unnecessary devices—like DVD players, video consoles, TVs, and digital clocks—that add ambient noise, light, and heat pollution. Smoothly-running, new appliances help. If your dishwasher is old and noisy, get it repaired so that it will run quietly in the background. Alternatively, replace clanky appliances with new, quieter-running models, which may be more energy-efficient as well. Performing some acoustic investigation here is key, so make sure to unplug and listen carefully to the different spaces in your interiors.

If you have especially loud housemates or neighbors or a lot of street noise from outside, you may also want to consider soundproofing your interiors. This can be as simple as weatherstripping around doors and acquiring a carpet to soak up noise or as advanced as adding acoustic ceiling tiles. Homes are generally built with little to no soundproofing. In fact, interior wall construction unintentionally amplifies noise from room to room, so it’s worth investigating ways to block outside noise, whatever your time or budget.

Quiet means creating space

There’s a reason we call a busy design “noisy.” In the world of home decor, “quiet” and “minimal” can often go hand and hand. While there’s been many an article written on the valors of decluttering, you don’t necessarily need to go along with serious devotees who take the practice to extremes. For an introvert, particularly one drawn to quiet reflection, a too-stark room can be a prison sentence. Overly-empty spaces provoke a strong reaction in me, triggering feelings of abandonment and isolation. I live toeing the line between solitude and loneliness, so having furniture and decor that remind me I’m comfortable and cared for is key.

In fact, severe rooms, particularly those with many hard angles, have been shown to be associated with negative emotions, activating the amygdala (your flight/fight/freeze response center). We’re far more likely to thrive in a soft space with plenty of rounded surfaces. Striking a balance between organization and the chaos life can bring is the battle, but clean surfaces and uncrowded spaces are major strategical wins. Clutter, after all, can elevate our cortisol levels—the stress hormone—making a quiet mind harder than usual to achieve.

Introverts will be most comfortable in spaces where furniture is clustered in nooks rather than organized around the perimeter—as it would be for a large social gathering. That being said, tasks that involve heavy concentration, such as reading, writing, and design, will be better performed in a single room—that way you can shut off outside distractions at your discretion.

Ideal spaces for introverts

Given plenty of quiet time for reflection, introverts are generally well aware of their own preferences. That knowledge of self serves them well in designing their ideal places of rest in the home, especially because beyond a few standard principles, decor is often about the subjective connection we have with colors, objects, and items. Color, for instance, is so personal that even psychologists can’t agree on how it affects us. Brain scans offer mixed data on how we react to the color red, for instance.

Light is also controversial. I’m among those who feel trapped and weighed down without windows, but others may feel exposed in a home with too many openings. However, for my type of introversion, I find that an area that at least suggests a sense of seclusion is key. Seclusion can be fostered by setting up “thinking outposts” in quiet corners by windows or alcoves and making them your own. Fill them with tiny touches that speak to you alone and provoke thought. I used to keep a drawer filled with old black-and-white photos I’d bought from a thrift store so I could imagine the inner lives of the people in them. Find items that connect you to your deepest self.

Too often, homeowners feel they must design their homes to appeal to convention, but this is untrue. The designer that bucks tradition, choosing instead to listen to their own instincts when organizing a space, will find that even the process of redecorating can be a journey toward a deeper sense of self.

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Fans create impromptu Hollywood star for Carrie Fisher

People walk past an impromptu memorial created on a blank Hollywood Walk of Fame star by fans of late actress and author Carrie Fisher, who does not have an official star on the world-famous promenade, in Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Paste-on letters spell out her name and the phrase "May the force be with you always. Hope" (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher didn't have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so fans have taken over a blank sidewalk star to pay tribute to the late "Star Wars" actress.



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La Perla to Create In-House Academy, Introduce Welfare Program

Italian luxury underwear label La Perla will open an in-house academy and introduce a series of benefits aimed at developing the business and enhancing the value of its employees. These initiatives have been included in the renovated company agreement inked with the trade unions on Dec. 22 at the firm’s headquarters in Bologna, Italy.
Called “Academy La Perla,” the permanent professional training program will be launched starting in 2017 to increase the business’ know-how, as well as integrate a new generation of workers in the firm. The training program will provide them with the technical knowledge requested for several jobs, such as designing, prototyping and tailoring. Agreements with local schools will further accelerate the recruitment process while the know-how will be transmitted to the young generation by senior employees, who will also be offered reductions of work time once closer to retirement age.
As part of the new work contract, a health-care policy, which will cost La Perla a maximum sum of 250 euros, or $ 261 at current exchange, for each worker, will be introduced March 1.
Also starting next year, a monetary bonus is expected to be established as a prize for each employee. If La Perla’s net sales reach the break-even point, each worker will receive 1,000 euros, or $ 1,045, as reward. The sum can reach a maximum of

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In this comprehensive guide to nude photography, successful commercial photographer, Ric Young, shows how to create top-quality fine art nude images without having a studio full of gear and a roster of eager models. He offers tips for finding willing models and how to make the shoot a success for both the photographer and the model by avoiding common interpersonal conflicts and misunderstandings that can derail the session. The guide then details technical aspects of the shoot, including how to get great photos with any camera, how to use light sources effectively, how to make the most of each setting, and how to enhance images with postproduction computer software. The book concludes with a chapter called How I Created It,” in which the author provides a behind-the-scenes look at more than a dozen shoots, demonstrating in a comprehensive way how all the previous principles come into play on real assignments.

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Four Huge Laser Beams Create Artificial Stars

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Feeling phone-verwhelmed? 5 tips to create a healthier, happier relationship with your smartphone.

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Not long ago, I was chatting with a friend who lives in Oregon, USA, and she told me a story that I could completely relate to — because I’ve seen it play out in Hawaii, where I live.

My friend was having brunch at a popular local restaurant — she had waited an hour just to get a table — and while waiting for their food to arrive, she and her boyfriend noticed something troubling.

All around the restaurant — with very few exceptions — people were intensely focused on their phones. Texting. Tweeting. Posting pics of delicious food on Instagram. Scrolling through various feeds while glancing at their dining companions over the top of their screens. Multiple phones at every table. If someone wasn’t actively using their phone, they had it sitting flat on the table or tucked right in their lap — ready to grab!

“It was crazy!” my friend exclaimed. “Everyone waited so long to get inside, and once they sat down, instead of enjoying the food, the ambience, or their friends, they were totally focused on their phones. When did our society become so… phone-obsessed?”

I laughed, nodding my head. I’ve seen the exact same “scene,” too, so many times. Whether it’s at a public restaurant, a coffee shop, waiting in line at the airport or bank, or around the family dinner table, millions and millions of people are — as my friend put it — extremely “phone-obsessed.”

Sadly, this epidemic just seems to be getting worse.

In recent years, more and more parents have set up coaching sessions with me because they’re concerned about their kids’ relationship with technology.

“I can barely remember the last time I saw my teenager without a phone in her hand,” one mom said to me. “She texts so much, her phone is practically a part of her body.”

So many people — parents and kids alike — are feeling burnt out and “phone-verwhelmed.” Many of us yearn for a “simpler time” when smartphones didn’t exist — yet, at the same time, we’re grateful for the solutions and timesaving tools they provide. (GPS to help you navigate an unfamiliar neighborhood, anywhere in the world? Amazing!)

Smartphones definitely aren’t “evil” or “bad,” but people of all ages are struggling to find a “balance” and it’s becoming problematic. What’s the solution?

You’ll be happy to know: you don’t necessarily need to flush your brand new iPhone down the toilet or vow to never, ever tweet again. Things don’t have to be that black or white. But you can take specific steps to create a healthier, more balanced relationship with your phone — and all forms of technology, for that matter.

Here are 5 simple steps that I suggest:

1. Make a plan. If you want to earn a college degree, you don’t just wander through a university waltzing into various lectures and jotting down notes at random. You make a plan. You select specific classes happening at specific times and you attend them. This keeps you on track, moving steadily towards your goal.

You can apply that same logic to your smartphone usage. Choose specific times (say, 8am, 12pm, and 4pm) when you intend to “check in” to read texts, social media updates, and so on, and then do your best to stick to the plan. Try not to just “wing it.” Create phone-routines that help you to create the kind of day (and life) that you want.

2. Savor the sound of silence. If your phone is continually bleeping and pinging every time “something happens,” it’s going to be tough for you to stay focused on whatever you’re trying to do — you’ll be tempted to check in and see what’s up!

This may seem obvious, but turn off those noisy notifications. Better yet, turn the volume on your phone down to zero or power-down your phone completely.

If you’re concerned that you might miss something important — like an emergency phone call from your spouse, parent, or your child’s school — you can create a “call filter” so that certain people’s calls come through even if your phone is on “silent.” That way you can rest easy, knowing that you will never miss something that is truly urgent.

3. Make dinnertime a phone-free zone. For many couples and families, dinnertime is the only time of the day when everyone is gathered together in one place. Make dinner a special, sacred time. No phones at the table.

If people get restless or bored, strike up an interesting conversation by playing a question game (like asking, “What was the best part of your day?” or “What was the toughest part of your day?”) and take turns telling stories. Even if you’re dining alone, set your laptop or phone aside and savor your meal without techie distractions.

4. Enjoy phone-free adventures. A few times a week, try leaving your phone safely at home. Go for a phone-free walk with your dog… a phone-free date with your sweetheart… or a phone-free trip to the grocery story. When was the last time you did that?

See how it feels to move freely through the world without any kind of digital “companion” to keep you company. What kinds of feelings bubble up for you, positive or negative? Take note. No matter what kinds of feelings come up, taking some phone-free time is a valuable experience that can teach you a lot about yourself.

5. Ask yourself, “What am I craving right now?” My colleague Susan Hyatt — a fellow life coach — often poses this question to her clients. It’s a great one! When you feel the urge to check your phone, and you don’t really “need” to, pause for moment. Check in with yourself and see what you are craving.
Do you crave company? Do you want some excitement or entertainment? Inspiration? Connection with a friend? Energy to get through the rest of your day? Are you craving attention or affection? Laughter? Love?

Whatever you crave, see if you can find a non-phone-related way to give it to yourself.

Talk a walk or pop by a friend’s house just to say “hi.” Write a handwritten letter. Go for a jog. Listen to music. Sit and gaze at the sky or the ocean. Read a book. Feed your spirit in some other way.

After satisfying your cravings out in the “real world,” you may discover that whatever is going on in the “phone-world” just isn’t that compelling anymore.

There are so many ways to build a happy, balanced relationship with technology.

These 5 tips are just a few of my personal favorites.

What strategies have you discovered? What works best for you? What’s your favorite part about smartphone technology and what’s your least favorite aspect? Do you think your life would be better, the same, or worse, if smartphones had never been invented?

Talk about these questions with people you love… say, around the dinner table tonight.

Just scoot the phones off the table, first. You’ll all be glad that you did.

Suzanne


Dr. Suzanne Gelb is a clinical psychologist, life coach and family law attorney.

She believes that it is never too late to become the person you want to be. Strong. Confident. Calm. Creative. Free of all of the burdens that have held you back — no matter what has happened in the past.

Her insights on personal growth have been featured on more than 200 radio programs, 200 TV interviews and online at Time, Forbes, Newsweek, NBC’s Today, The Daily Love, MindBodyGreen, and much more.

Step into her virtual office at DrSuzanneGelb.com, explore her blog, book a coaching session, wave hello on Twitter and Facebook, and / or sign up to receive a free meditation and her weekly writings on health, happiness and self-respect.


Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always contact your health practitioner before beginning any new health or well-being practice for yourself or your family.

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Style News: Peter Som Teamed Up With Anthropologie to Create the Perfect Work Dresses!

Attention, anyone forever searching for chic, fashion-forward work outfits that absolutely, totally work for the office: You’re gonna want to cruise to an Anthropologie asap. Peter Som has teamed with the retailer for a fall 2015 collaboration that’s got plenty of professional options perfect for women who need to be buttoned-up at the office but don’t want to feel doomed to a rotation of boring suit separates. Everything will be available online on August 27.

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Som said he found inspiration from the leading ladies of film noir (“mysterious smoky lounges and cinematic lighting” per the company’s release). That vibe came together in fuzzy, slightly out-of-focus blossoms that hit fall’s big trend of moody florals. And, FYI, if you’re a Cancer you’ll want to pay special attention—this is the fall ’15 trend best for your astro sign.

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The collection also has some great going-out outfits and casual weekend options:

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Bags in Bloom: Create 20 Unique Flower Purses with Simple Embroidery Stitches and Easy-To-Sew Patterns

Bags in Bloom: Create 20 Unique Flower Purses with Simple Embroidery Stitches and Easy-To-Sew Patterns


New – Accessories designer Cariello shows how to embroider and sew 20 stunning handbags and purses that feature beautiful embroidered floral motifs.

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3X1 and Victor Cruz Create Capsule Collection

Victor Cruz has made another fashion play.
The New York Giants player, who fronts Givenchy’s fall 2015 campaign, has partnered with denim line 3X1 on a capsule collection that will be available this September. This is the first celebrity collaboration for the denim brand.
“We really like him as a person,” said Scott Morrison, founder of 3X1. “He came into the shop the first time after the Giants won the Super Bowl and we’ve always wanted to do something a little more unique and special on the men’s side.”
Cruz brought back ideas from a Japan research trip to help design the five-piece collection, which is called A Fall to Remember.
According to Morrison, the line is made from Japanese fabrics and features core items that can fill out a guy’s wardrobe. It includes a classic shirt-jacket with vintage-inspired patch details; a long-sleeve chambray shirt with ombré detailing on one sleeve; a coated denim pant with a tuxedo stripe; a pair of ripped jeans made from stretch selvedge denim, and an indigo dyed wool Melton military coat.
The line is priced from $ 325 for the tuxedo pant to $ 1,325 for the pure indigo wool coat and proceeds from the collection will go to the Victor

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Digital Photography for Beginners: How to Create Great Photos for Fun or Profit

Digital Photography for Beginners: How to Create Great Photos for Fun or Profit


This book will help you become a digital shutterbug. It explains everything in plain, non-technical terms. You now have an incredible array of digital cameras to choose from and the question is what are the differences and which are the best cameras for your needs?This book reviews features of the less expensive point and shoot cameras. Then, it covers interchangeable lens cameras and explains some of their superior qualities. It points out the differences between mirrorless cameras and reflex cameras. You are then taken inside a digital darkroom where software programs let you alter and touch up your photos, crop them, enlarge them and print them. If you are looking to earn money by taking pictures, you will learn about setting up a studio and the equipment youll need. You will learn about wedding photography, taking product shots, repairing damaged pictures, news and sports photography as well as selling your pictures to stock photography agents. Find out how to share your photos using photo repository sites. Take a look at software programs which will help you store and organize your collection.

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7 Steps to Create Giant Success and Live a Fulfilled Life in the Process

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NASA experts use what is called “the chain of events” to understand the root causes of failures. In this chain, a cause creates an effect that becomes the cause of a new effect and so on until the failure occurs. If multiple events can connect and lead to a failure, the opposite is true as well. There is a series of mental events that lead to massive success. Each event is the cause for another event. How can you apply this thinking to create authentic success, meaning and fulfillment in your life? Here’s the countdown:

Step 6
The final outcome that we want in our lives is to have great results. Nobody works for several years with the hope that maybe one day, if everything falls perfectly into place and if he’s lucky enough he will fail. We all want results and success as the final effect. What is the cause of this effect?

Step 5
Success is ensured through steady growth, exponential thinking, smart work, commitment and continuous learning. Overnight success usually requires many years of work. Nothing worthwhile is created quickly. What allows you to invest a lot of time and effort, to learn, to research and work hard until your dream becomes real?

Step 4
The mental forces that allow you to continue learning, working and growing are inspiration, drive and motivation. Educational systems are constantly looking for new ways to motivate their students to learn various disciplines; organizations are investing millions of dollars in motivational programs for their employees. These approaches create only a momentary spike of motivation that rapidly goes away with the stimulus. Neither are sustainable because they lack the rock solid inner personal foundation.

Step 3
The only way to trigger sustainable motivation, drive and inspiration is to live your life with a sense of purpose. When you make the decision to trust your heart, to live your values and to honor your passion, you will find purpose. If you don’t live your values, if you ignore your passion and if you don’t honor the intelligence of your heart, you will be empty and most likely experience a lot of emotional pain. You cannot create an inner conflict between the mind and the heart, you cannot lie to yourself about who you are, about your dreams and expect to live a fulfilled life.

Step 2
The most straightforward and probably the only authentic way to find a sense of purpose is to put your life in the honest perspective. Honesty is critical.

Step 1
You put your life in the honest (and correct) perspective by living the truth and by fully embracing reality. What is the most uncomfortable reality we all need to face in our lives?

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“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”
– T.S. Eliot

Our time here on Earth is limited. The desert fathers in the remote monasteries of Egypt, the Greek orthodox monks on Mount Athos or the ancient shamans in Central America understood that death is the wisest and most reliable guide we have in life.

Without sadness or worry, you must fully embrace the fact that you don’t have time to doubt yourself, to live in self-pity, to postpone your dreams, to delay your life. You simply don’t have time for a meaningless, empty existence. Without the awareness of our limited time on Earth, everything around us is trivial and ordinary.

“All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know”
– Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize Laureate

Honesty without judgment is the secret door to peace and fulfillment, so think and feel the answer to these questions:

1. If your life ended in this moment, would you be fulfilled with how you have lived and what you have accomplished so far?

2. Would you be able to honestly say you have lived an authentic life?

3. What regrets do you have in life?

4. How can you live from now on without continuing to accumulate more and more regrets?

Leave a comment and tell me. We’re in this together.

For hundreds of years humanity has tried to answer the question – “is there life after death?” For the first time in your life you now must honestly answer the question:
Do you really have a life before death?

Your friend,
Dr. Dragos

PS: Go do something extraordinary. Because it’s never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It’s the ordinary people like you and me, who get up off their knees and decide to take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary.

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7 Steps to Create Giant Success and Live a Fulfilled Life in the Process

2015-06-11-1434014278-9895737-ScreenShot20150611at11.17.36AM.png

NASA experts use what is called “the chain of events” to understand the root causes of failures. In this chain, a cause creates an effect that becomes the cause of a new effect and so on until the failure occurs. If multiple events can connect and lead to a failure, the opposite is true as well. There is a series of mental events that lead to massive success. Each event is the cause for another event. How can you apply this thinking to create authentic success, meaning and fulfillment in your life? Here’s the countdown:

Step 6
The final outcome that we want in our lives is to have great results. Nobody works for several years with the hope that maybe one day, if everything falls perfectly into place and if he’s lucky enough he will fail. We all want results and success as the final effect. What is the cause of this effect?

Step 5
Success is ensured through steady growth, exponential thinking, smart work, commitment and continuous learning. Overnight success usually requires many years of work. Nothing worthwhile is created quickly. What allows you to invest a lot of time and effort, to learn, to research and work hard until your dream becomes real?

Step 4
The mental forces that allow you to continue learning, working and growing are inspiration, drive and motivation. Educational systems are constantly looking for new ways to motivate their students to learn various disciplines; organizations are investing millions of dollars in motivational programs for their employees. These approaches create only a momentary spike of motivation that rapidly goes away with the stimulus. Neither are sustainable because they lack the rock solid inner personal foundation.

Step 3
The only way to trigger sustainable motivation, drive and inspiration is to live your life with a sense of purpose. When you make the decision to trust your heart, to live your values and to honor your passion, you will find purpose. If you don’t live your values, if you ignore your passion and if you don’t honor the intelligence of your heart, you will be empty and most likely experience a lot of emotional pain. You cannot create an inner conflict between the mind and the heart, you cannot lie to yourself about who you are, about your dreams and expect to live a fulfilled life.

Step 2
The most straightforward and probably the only authentic way to find a sense of purpose is to put your life in the honest perspective. Honesty is critical.

Step 1
You put your life in the honest (and correct) perspective by living the truth and by fully embracing reality. What is the most uncomfortable reality we all need to face in our lives?

2015-06-11-1434013837-2113114-ScreenShot20150611at11.10.11AM.png

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”
– T.S. Eliot

Our time here on Earth is limited. The desert fathers in the remote monasteries of Egypt, the Greek orthodox monks on Mount Athos or the ancient shamans in Central America understood that death is the wisest and most reliable guide we have in life.

Without sadness or worry, you must fully embrace the fact that you don’t have time to doubt yourself, to live in self-pity, to postpone your dreams, to delay your life. You simply don’t have time for a meaningless, empty existence. Without the awareness of our limited time on Earth, everything around us is trivial and ordinary.

“All you have to do is write one true sentence.
Write the truest sentence that you know”
– Ernest Hemingway, Nobel Prize Laureate

Honesty without judgment is the secret door to peace and fulfillment, so think and feel the answer to these questions:

1. If your life ended in this moment, would you be fulfilled with how you have lived and what you have accomplished so far?

2. Would you be able to honestly say you have lived an authentic life?

3. What regrets do you have in life?

4. How can you live from now on without continuing to accumulate more and more regrets?

Leave a comment and tell me. We’re in this together.

For hundreds of years humanity has tried to answer the question – “is there life after death?” For the first time in your life you now must honestly answer the question:
Do you really have a life before death?

Your friend,
Dr. Dragos

PS: Go do something extraordinary. Because it’s never the extraordinary people who do the extraordinary. It’s the ordinary people like you and me, who get up off their knees and decide to take the journey. Because they complete the journey, ordinary people become extraordinary.

2015-06-11-1434013149-4281066-DR.DRAGOSB.jpg

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Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8: Create, Produce, Perform

Ableton Live 8 and Suite 8: Create, Produce, Perform


Learn how to create, produce and perform a whole new way; prepare to unlock the power of Live. This book and DVD combination shows, if you get it right, exactly what Ableton Live can deliver. Engineered to follow Lives non linear music environment the book looks and feels like the program, its unique format utilizes the terms and creative features of Live- tabs, keys, pointers, and labels to learn the littlest things that make the biggest difference. Packed with professional testimonials, concepts, definitions, hundred of tips and tricks and hidden features the book covers the software’s nuts and bolts and creative technique to create, produce, perform and make music on the fly. The accompanying DVD contains? Live sets? and web pointer information to sync and download as well as interviews, further hints and tips and video

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Carnegie Mellon Students Create Interactive Graphic Novel To Teach How To Stop Sexual Assault

A class at Carnegie Mellon University has created an interactive graphic novel aimed at helping students better understand how to spot warning signs and intervene to stop sexual assault in real social situations.

The online game, “Decisions that Matter,” walks users through various scenarios on campus. Your character might experience catcalling, notice someone being groped by a friend or go to a party where a sexual assault may or may not take place, depending on the choices you make. The game is meant to provide a better way for students to understand how an approach called “bystander intervention” actually works.

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The class’ goal was to create something students wouldn’t “roll their eyes” at, unlike some other products on the market.

“We think this is really different — a welcome experience — that makes people want to think harder about it,” said Andy Norman, an adjunct faculty member in CMU’s philosophy department.

“One of the things I first said when they came to me,” said Jessica Klein, CMU’s coordinator of gender programs and sexual violence prevention, “I said, ‘I am so tired of these cheesy products with these standard stock photos of white people in a business setting.’ It’s so not relatable.”

In fact, the students are so pleased with their project, they’re offering it for free to other colleges to use in their freshman orientation programs. Klein said her office is discussing how they’ll incorporate it into their own schoolwide efforts. One possibility is that the school will hold small group sessions, perhaps within a fraternity or led by a resident adviser, where students can play through the game and then discuss it.

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The interdisciplinary project course is designed to combine social sciences with technology in ways that address actual issues in society. The class, part of CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center, went through 30 revisions of the game’s script and play-tested the results. Students were trying to guard against elements “that sounded corny or sounded too preachy, or [where] the point was too obvious,” Norman said.

“They worked very hard to make sure the story is not predictable and the answers you are expected to give are not predictable,” he explained.

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Savannah Badalich, a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, noted with approval that the game includes “a diverse group of students saying things students would actually say.”

“I love that it covers sexual harassment, and in a real setting off the bat,” said Badalich, who founded the anti-rape group 7000 In Solidarity at UCLA. Sexual harassment is one of the hardest things to explain to students, she said — especially certain ideas, like how catcalling is actually harassment.

Badalich added that she hopes “Decisions that Matter” will eventually also incorporate stalking, intimate partner violence and LGBTQ relationships.

If the game doesn’t address those issues, then it “erases the experiences of LGBTQ survivors and male survivors,” said Tracey Vitchers, chair of the nonprofit advocacy group Students Active for Ending Rape.

“Other problematic aspects of ‘Decisions that Matter’ have to do with the positioning of the characters themselves,” Vitchers told The Huffington Post. “[Character] Natalie is positioned as having very little agency, which reinforces negative stereotypes about survivors and/or potential survivors. And Luke, her love interest, is positioned as an unintentional aggressor who simply doesn’t understand that what he is doing is wrong.”

Vitchers said she’s not a fan of most other products on the market, usually in the form of apps, that claim to offer a way for potential victims to stop attacks. While she agrees that bystander intervention can help create a community emphasis on stopping rape, Vitchers said she’s worried colleges will focus too much on these approaches at the expense of discussing consent.

But Klein hopes the game will help reach people who do not think they’re capable of perpetrating this type of violence, as well as people who might intervene in a situation.

“It’s so easy for people to say, ‘Well, I wouldn’t have gone to that place in the first place,’ and that’s so victim-blaming,” Klein said. “You don’t know what you would do unless you’re actually in that situation. [In this game], you’re confronting what you actually might do in that situation.”

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Read, Talk & Create, Grades PK – K

Read, Talk & Create, Grades PK – K


Instill a love of language in students in grades PK-K using Read, Talk, and Create. This 64-page book presents opportunities for teaching literacy and art skills and concepts and encourages students to build reading, speaking, and writing skills through 23 picture books. The prompts and projects with each picture book inspire students to communicate about what is read to them and to build fine- and gross-motor skills through the manipulation of art materials. The book supports NAEYC and NCTE standards and National Standards for Arts Education.

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Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy

Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy


Praise for "Wired to Care" ""Wired to Care" will convince you that businesses succeed with their hearts as much as their heads. Dev Patnaik has given us just what we need for the lean years ahead."MALCOLM GLADWELL, author of "Outliers, Blink, " and" The Tipping Point" ""Wired to Care" describes how to recover the basic human abilities of empathy that may be buried by your day-to-day business routines. Dev Patnaik shows how you can create a more empathic–and much more successful–business."CHIP HEATH, author of" Made to Stick" "Dev Patnaik’s "Wired to Care" maps a path to innovation fueled by ‘seeing the world with new eyes.’ On numerous occasions, Dev and his colleagues at Jump helped us break through to those most critical insights."BETH COMSTOCK, Chief Marketing Officer, GE ""Wired to Care" offers a roadmap to success paved with empathy. The bottom line is better profits, better products, and happier employees. There is a better day for business (thankfully) when companies are wired to care."ROBYN WATERS, former VP of Trend, Target Stores, and author of "The Hummer and the Mini" Blurring the Line Between Inside and Out What’s the critical difference between Nike and every other shoe company on the planet? Why do some airline executives continue to insist that air travel is great, when we all know better? What has enabled Zildjian, a family business founded outside Istanbul, to thrive for almost 400 years? In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what’s going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new. And they have the gut-level certitude to stick with an idea that doesn’t take off right away. People are "Wired to Care," and many of the world’s best organizations are, too. In pursuit of this idea, Patnaik takes readers inside big companies like IBM, Target, and Intel to see widespread empathy in action. But he also goes to farmers’ markets and a conference on world religions. He dives deep into the catacombs of the human brain to find the biological sources of empathy. And he spends time on both sides of the political aisle, with James Carville, the Ragin’ Cajun, and John McCain, a national hero, to show how empathy can give you the acuity to cut through a morass of contradictory information. "Wired to Care "is a compelling tale of the power that people have to see the world through each other’s eyes, told with passion for the possibilities that lie ahead if leaders learn to stop worrying about their own problems and start caring about
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Ditch The Trends, Liberate The Risque, And Create A Wedding Of Your Dreams

Tell me, honestly, how many times have you seen the image of the same floral peony bouquet wrapped in blush tulle on your Facebook feed or bridal magazines or the wedding blogs you follow? Too many, right? After a while it seems as if you are looking at the same wedding over and over again on all the different social media channels. But, really, they are not the same wedding.

So, how about we drop the notion that we need to follow the trends in order to make our wedding look incredibly gorgeous? How about we embrace the ‘un-think’ and work towards creating a little bit of ‘ish’ so that those photos that we look at years down the road remind us of what we were made of, and who we really were.

As a photographer, I always encourage my couples to talk to me about things, places and colors that inspire them, and that they enjoy together. We then work out a details of a session (both engagement and wedding) that allows them to explore those passions and interests. We work together to create a comfortable camaraderie so that there is room for a little adventure and authenticity.

To all the engaged couples out there, please know that your most special day, your wedding, doesn’t have to be color coordinated to the rhythm of popular trends. It should instead represent your silliness, your quirkiness, your crazy awesome love. And, when it comes to photographs, rest assured, you will be proud to show those photos to your grandkids.

So, how about I help you find out a few ways you can achieve that:

1. Erase the trend, and fill in with your passion
When you sit down to plan your wedding, the first thing you need to do is block the word “trendy” or “trends” from your planning dictionary. Instead, list out the places you’ve traveled together to and pick out your favorite from them and what aspects about that place made it your favorite. Maybe you want to include some elements of that place in your wedding. Or if you like to go to museums together, bring in elements from that in your wedding, such as, small terrarium boxes as favors (tons of vendors on etsy), decorate with vines and leaves instead of flowers or buy mini canvas from a craft store and create your own masterpieces for your guests as favors.

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[The bride and groom crafted this stunning gold backdrop for their wedding]

2. Be bold
Honestly, what makes a wedding memorable are the photos. So, look for a photographer who can capture your beautiful relationship as is. Have your engagement session in a trapeze studio if you like flying, and during the wedding day, allow the photographer to really get in and dirty with all the emotions exploding around. Don’t go for the safe shots, go for those photos that scream “you” and allocate enough time for the photographer to create those sick bride and groom portraits for your during sunset. You will be thanking me later.

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3. Keep it close, keep it personal
Sometimes the best settings are when you have the time and energy to celebrate your wedding with each and every soul who made the effort to attend it. So, don’t worry about numbers. If you have only 30 people to invite, then rock on! For instance, charter a boat and celebrate in style with those who really matter. Everyone else can enjoy via those super awesome photos!

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4. Unique venues, with unique voices
Yes, a venue sets the mood and expectations for the day. So, don’t let that go dry in a ballroom. From yachts to zoos to state parks to public libraries to old mining mills…the possibilities are endless. Let the venue speak uniquely of your unique love story.

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5. Dress up, dress right or dress left
What’s in a wedding dress? A lot, that I agree with. But, again, who says that a gold sequined gown with your grandmother’s lace is any less gorgeous than that $ 20,000 couture one that every bride has already worn. And, who says that bridesmaid wearing pant suits is a total shocker? That’s right…no one. So, don’t let the fashion gods dampen your fashionably forward spirit. If it feels right, guess what, it probably is right.

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Listen, I am no expert at wedding planning, but after having been in the industry for a while I can safely say that following your heart and liberating its power in the planning process can do wonders. From the details to the glorious photos – you will be truly see your love shine. And, who wants to see the same peony bouquet wrapped in blush tulle for the millionth time?


[crickets]


Anyone? Anyone?

Cheers,
Shhivika

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5 Ways to Create More Love

Life is yin and yang. With good comes bad, with love comes hate and with positivity comes negativity. It only makes natural sense to accept both as routinely orders of energy in your life. The beauty of this statement is that as conscious human beings, we have the ability to create as much love as we desire. There is no stockpile, no opportunity for shortage and no way to run out of love; remembering this in times of despair, stress, hopelessness or negativity may be one of the most comforting and reassuring feelings in the world. Owning a business that is steadily growing provides me with stress and angst and serves as a constant reminder of this concept of balance. Regardless of what is going on, I come back to my ability to create love and it keeps me sane and grounded. Here are some tips you can implement to feel this sense of comfort. You deserve to feel love just as those around you deserve to receive it from you. Don’t worry, these activities come from a good place and are fun!

1. Create things! Making things with our hands is such a beautiful way to enjoy the simplicity that our life sometimes forgets to offer. Cooking and creating new recipes is one way I enjoy sharing my love of food with other people who not only eat it, but also read them on my blog. I also love crafting and making things for my scrapbook. This is just one of many ways to physically create and express patience, stability and focus. I like to make handmade cards each month and send them to friends and family. There are so many ways to exude your love through creation and these are just a few options.

2. Reach out to those who have shown you love in the past. There are handfuls of people who have made an appearance in my life at some stage or another that taught me a valuable lesson in love. I may not have always realized it in the moment or understood the lesson in its entirety, but looking back now, I get it. I text, e-mail or even Facebook those people and let them know how they impacted my life, even if it was in the smallest possible capacity. With the abundance of negativity in our world, it’s important that we treasure love and happiness, even if it was minute or temporary. I worked with a wonder woman, cancer survivor and one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met a few years ago, and to this day, her spirit and love stick with me in such a profound way. Jackie Lloyd, you are the definition of love!

3. Engage in small acts of kindness. This phrase doesn’t resonate enough when we hear it. It requires a conscious state of mind and this effort always come from a place of love. Whether it’s holding a door open, giving your lawn care guy a water bottle or leaving your change in the tip jar, all energy we put out into the world comes back to us. If it is more love we seek, it is more love we must exude!

4. Tweak your actions and your words before they are sent out into the world. I’ll be the first to admit that when I read a horrible news story on Facebook, my instant reaction is a mess of curse words and anger. Instead of letting that come out, I do my best to change it to something positive and uplifting. Putting out more negative energy is not helping the world in any capacity. Imagine if everyone understood this and acted on it! You can practice this in the workplace with colleagues and clients, in your relationships at home and even when you’re interacting with people you may never meet. Send love, get love, love the trend!

5. Enjoy the love. Do you really enjoy and appreciate the love you receive? What about the happy moments you create or the acts of kindness people do for you? Make sure you fully appreciate and enjoy the positivity in your life. Showing gratitude is just as important as the act itself coming to fruition. Be grateful, receive more love!

Love is a universal feeling and desire. While we all express it and crave it in different forms, it is crucial for happiness, for peace and for progress. Try one or all of the above pieces and share it with a friend. If you’re doing these things already, kudos to you for sharing what seems to be like our last saving grace! To love and scrapbooks!

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Groom Goes All 1849 And Pans For Gold To Create Wedding Bands

Scottish groom John Greenwood has set his own kind of gold standard for wedding rings.

Instead of visiting his local jeweler like most guys, Greenwood, an explosives technician, spent 18 months panning for gold in the Scottish mountains to make wedding bands for bride Morag Shearer and himself in time for their September 25 nuptials in Antigua. He used just a simple gold pan, trowel, shovel and rake to collect the tiny nuggets and specks.

“They talk about gold fever,” he said. “I was panning for gold in my dreams. I was driven by it. I reckon I spent 20 full days getting enough gold for the ring.”

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Over the course of a year and a half, he found about 70 grams of gold, which he then gave to goldsmith Grant Logan to create the two rings. According to Logan, that is a lot more than most people in Scotland are able to find in a lifetime.

“Everybody says I must have beginner’s luck. I’ve always been interested in the idea of gold panning but I never actually did it until 18 months ago,” John said.

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The approximately 22-carat rings are considered “Scottish gold,” which is a rare type and one that is not commercially available.

“I feel very proud of John and very lucky,” the bride said of her hubby’s efforts.

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In 2011, Greenwood also spent three months panning for gold to create an engagement ring for Shearer.

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to find so much gold to make a ring but I was out there every weekend and in the evenings before it got dark in freezing cold water. I certainly put a lot of effort in,” he said at the time. “Some days I’d be camping next to the river and I’d start as soon as the sun was up and carry on for 14 or 15 hours a day.”

We’re just so glad it panned out for these two.

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Bold And Courageous Kickstarter Aims To Create Biggest D*ck Drawing Of All Time (NSFW)

We’re always happy to see Kickstarter using its powers to bring awareness and much needed funds to grassroots art projects and underexposed creative endeavors around the world. Or, to help make one big giant d*ck drawing. That works too.

Today we’re admiring the hopes and dreams of a young man named Alex Wong, who just really, really loves penis drawings. Having just graduated college without steady employment, Wong is using this precious time in a man’s life to explore the complex space where art and physicality intersect, sort of.

Wong explains on Kickstarter:

“With your help, I will be able to create a wonderful (and long) drawing of the male anatomy. This is both a personal project rooted in my childhood dreamds, as well as a collaborate project to spread awareness and understanding of our bodies. We didn’t grow up drawing d*cks out of nowhere. It was fun, it was funny. It’s still fun and it’s still funny. Whether it is a terrible sketch on a bar napkin or a beautiful painting on a canvas; a d*ck drawing is a d*ck drawing. Seeing an abstract d*ck by Picasso in a museum is just as funny as drawing one for yourself in the condensation of a car window. Let’s impress Guinness with the World’s Biggest D*ck Drawing. Project WBDD is officially on the rise!”

The plan is simple. Every dollar you donate will add an inch to the penis rendering. The sky is the limit, people.

It’s worth noting that Wong seems realistic about the possible outcomes of his artistic endeavor. He expresses his fears honestly on the world wide web: “Maybe nobody will pledge to get balls, a head, pubes or veins added to the d*ck drawing and it’ll end up looking deformed. Who cares! All d*ck drawings are different.”

May the force be with you, Wong.

On a darker note, Jezebel makes the very astute point that Wong is not that good at drawing d*cks. Of course, the art of penile rendering is subjective. For those not convinced, you may find a more worthy cause to donate to here.

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Winner of a 2013 Gold Nautilus Book AwardWinner of a 2013 Gold Readers' Favorite International Book AwardWinner of a 2013 Silver Benjamin Franklin Book AwardForeWord Book of the Year Award Finalist Through her depth of experience as a therapist and spiritual practitioner, Jennifer Howard introduces skillful means for loving ourselves for who we are in this very moment, even as we cultivate deeper self-realization through powerful practices of introspection, meditation, and acceptance of our innate wholeness. Enjoy this nourishing and self-empowering book.–Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Life Visioning Wise, warm, illuminating and instructive: this gentle book is for anyone ready and willing to start the wondrous exploration of what it means to be whole.–Guy Finley, author of The Secret of Letting Go and The Seeker, The Search, The Sacred Dr. Howard offers you, through her wisdom and book, a chance to abandon your past and create the life you have been searching for. If you are ready to show up for practice, the wisdom contained here can coach and direct you on your healing journey.–Bernie Siegel, MD, author of 365 Prescriptions for the Soul and Prescriptions For Living Your Ultimate Life Plan makes a practical and inspirational addition to anyone's library. Filled with meditations and awareness-provoking exercises, this book both reassures you that your life has meaning and then helps you align with your purpose, finding that fine balance between surrender and guided action.–Melody Beattie, author of The New Codependency and Codependent No More Your Ultimate Life Plan will help you improve every moment of your life by teaching you how to build: Confidence: Remove what's stopping you.Strength: Move from your wounded ego into your sacred self.Courage: Make smarter choices by embracing the Four Dimensions of Consciousness.Success: Rise to your next level of happiness, clarity, and transformation. Your Ultimate Life Plan is the distillation of Dr. Howard's 20-plus years of experience as a psychotherapist and spiritual teacher. This workshop in a book will help you do more than understand your Wholeness–you will experience it.
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My Mother’s Best Advice: 7 Ways to Create a Happy, Healthy Life

My mother shaped the woman I would become, the family I would create and the business I would build. She taught me to find my passion; ask “Why not?”; make mistakes; and nurture the mind-body-spirit connection. In this month that celebrates motherhood, I’d like to share some of my mother’s best advice.

Find your passion:
My mother introduced me to dance at the age of 2. I was pigeon-toed and the doctor prescribed dance classes along with corrective shoes. I discovered very early that dance was my passion and would become my life’s work. My mother recognized my talent and devoted herself to nurturing it. She took me to weekly classes in our very small town of Red Oak, Iowa. She also drove me 100 miles roundtrip two times each week to a professional dance studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Without her I may never have realized my passion for dance and the role it would play in my life.

Don’t accept limitations:
My mother earned an associate’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting, something uncommon for a woman in the 1930s. She was liberated before her time. When our town’s only dance teacher moved away my mother went to Omaha and recruited another teacher to take her place. She set up a business for her by finding a place for her to teach, doing her accounting, producing recitals, sewing costumes, and doing local marketing to bring in students.

When I was 11, I started my own dance studio in our remodeled basement. My mother once again went to work, this time helping her daughter set up and manage the business. Within three months I had 100 students. Though we didn’t realize it at the time, she had given me the business model that I would use to build Jazzercise.

Believe you can:
When I graduated from college and decided to start my own dance fitness business in Chicago it felt like second nature. I had watched my mother do it. I knew the model worked. I knew I could develop a program that would help women achieve their fitness goals, build their own businesses, support one another, and feel good doing it. She taught me to be an entrepreneur.

Let “Why not?” be your mantra:
I watched my mother tackle problems and create solutions on the fly. To give her daughter the opportunity to dance my mother inadvertently became an entrepreneur. She didn’t have a “plan” and didn’t let that stop her. She didn’t indulge in self doubt. She just kept moving forward. She believed in herself and she believed in me. That confidence took root. It gave me faith in myself and others.

Encourage accountability:
My mother never pushed me to dance. She told me explicitly that if it wasn’t what I wanted to do then I could stop and do something else. Knowing I had the freedom to take a different path made it easier to keep going. But she made sure I practiced, and she even practiced with me. She believed in the importance of working hard to refine talent rather than relying on it.

Make mistakes:
My mother showed me the importance of giving children the space to make their own choices — good and bad. When I tested her, there were consequences, but she let me be in charge of my decisions. It’s difficult to see your child fail, get hurt or make mistakes, but that’s usually how they learn to be their best selves. Protecting them from consequences takes away their ability to handle adversity as well as their dignity.

Connect the mind, body and spirit:
This is one of my mother’s best lessons. Nurture your mind through education, working and surrounding yourself with people who challenge you in a positive way. Feed your spirit with meditation, spontaneity, doing what you love, being of service, and giving to others. Take care of your body with exercise, healthy eating and sleep. Strengthen your body so it can maintain the connection.

My mother, June Nelson Sheppard, taught me that as a person, a parent and a businesswoman all you can do is your best. And if you do it right, it can be fun! I’m proud to pass on my mother’s legacy to my daughter, son and granddaughters, and now to you. Let’s take a moment to honor mothers in all their many forms. I wish your family a very happy Mother’s Day!

Did your mother give you great advice? Share with us by leaving a comment.

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New Year’s Resolutions: The 5 Mistakes to Avoid to Create Resolutions That Stick

Yes, I know. You likely loathe New Year’s Resolutions because you never keep them and usually just end up regretting ever uttering any declaration on New Year’s Eve. I know how it feels. How many times have I told myself I’m going to rid myself of my love handles, get up at 5 a.m. each day to meditate, cook a new recipe every week for my family, curse less, drink more (water, that is), and on it goes?

But, as much as you may not like to hear this, research has found that people who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

The problem lies in both what we resolve to do and how we go about doing it. Often with too little thought and too much bravado to be able to stick with it until Valentines day… if that. Indeed there’s a hard science to success when it comes to achieving goals, making life changes, and cultivating new habits — whether on January 1st or any other time of the year.

So rather than give you a long list of TO DO’s, here are the top five ‘NOT TO DO’s’ (aka mistakes) that people make. Avoiding them will help you set yourself up to move beyond the default course of least resistance in 2014 and make those changes you know, deep down, you want to make.

1. Not Meaningful Enough. For a resolution to stick, it has to be aligned with your core values. Most people want to look better or be wealthier, but your resolutions have to go beyond superficial desires and connect with what truly matters most to you. If they don’t connect to something you care about deeply, you will be hard-pressed to hold your resolve at the first temptation to ditch it.

2. Too vague. Resolutions like ‘be happier,’ ‘have more life balance,’ or ‘get fitter’ are doomed to fail because they lack specificity. If you’re currently a couch potato who eats a tub of ice cream each night after your take-out dinner, then simply eating half a tub of ice cream and walking an extra 10 paces a day won’t do the trick.

The more specific you are, the more likely you will be able to succeed. Describe your goals and resolutions in ways that allow you to track your progress and measure your success. For instance, if you want to build a better relationship with your partner, schedule at least one date night per month, or, as I’ve done with my husband, one weekend away — sans kids — per year.

Likewise, if you’re committed to a better health and exercise regime, schedule how many workouts you’ll fit into each week and how long they’ll be. If you want more balance, decide exactly what would need to be added or subtracted to/from your life to bring it into greater balance.

3. Insufficient Accountability. Never underestimate the power of your environment to support or sabotage your success. As much as you might want to make a change, the environment you live in — from the state of your closet to the people you hang out with — can pull you back into your old default habits of thinking and acting in no time flat. It’s therefore essential to create an environment of accountability that makes it hard for you NOT to do what you’re committed to.

Design a progress chart, recruit a cheer squad from your family and friends, post your goal to Facebook, ask a friend to hold you accountable, hire a coach or trainer (and pay for 3 months upfront!), join a group of likeminded people, create a blog. Likewise, if there are people or things in your life that pull you down or off track, address them directly and set whatever boundaries you know you will need up front.

4. Overly Ambitious. Trying to do too many things at once can make you so unfocused that you just bounce around like Tigger on Red Bull, not quite sure in which direction you are going. Set yourself up for success and start with JUST ONE major undertaking come January one. Then break that goal down into small bite-size steps. Small steps, strong start!

5. Unrealistic Expectations. It’s easy to get caught up in an initial wave of enthusiasm as you imagine yourself looking svelte in a bikini on the beach next summer, only to come crashing down when your initial efforts don’t produce immediate and spectacular results. So focus on the process itself, and develop greater competence of the actual activity, habit, or skill you want to acquire. For instance, if you want to become more fit, focus on being able to jog a little bit farther every time you go for a walk, rather than being able to run 5 miles within a week.

Likewise, expect hiccups, ‘bad days,’ and setbacks as you start out. If you happen to mess up, lose your resolve, press the snooze button, or revert to a familiar well-practiced behavior, don’t beat up on yourself. Okay, so you didn’t get to the gym like you’d planned. How about 5 minutes of stretching? When it comes to slipping up and tripping up, you are in very good company (yes, including my own).

Don’t make your failings mean more than they do. Reflect on the lessons they hold, make adjustments accordingly, then tap your inner John Wayne and get back in the saddle. Life rewards those who work at it.
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Origami Artist Wants To Create A Life-Size Elephant From One Single Sheet Of Paper

His name is Sipho Mabona, he’s a professional origami artist and he wants to create a life-size replica of an elephant from one single sheet of paper. He just needs $ 24,000 to do it.

Yup, Mabona has taken to Indiegogo to crowdfund his folding dreams, asking for your money so that he can build a 10-foot-tall elephant from a piece of paper measuring 50 by 50 feet. He’s promised to install two cameras that will live video stream the whole endeavor, “so you, your friends and family can watch us.” (By us, he means himself and his three assistants, because this whacky adventure is going to take more than a pair of hands.)

Into it? Then, by all means, help out his cause here. Wondering why it would take $ 24k for the origami miracle to happen? You’re not alone. For more feats of paper, check out paper artist Nguyen Hung Cuong’s works below.

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