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Waltzing into a Refreshed Writing Life

Award-winning novelist Merrill Joan Gerber almost quit writing, what with the weirdness of the publishing world. Now her latest novel is out, along with ebook versions of the rest of her work. read more

10 Books to Make You Sit Up & Take Notice

Only some of the many books I read make me sit up and take notes for future reviews. Here are a few recent ones I liked a lot, and why they're worth your time. read more

Why We Have More Courage to Create in the Middle Years

Why are more people in their 40s, 50, and 60s in the early 21st century rising to their creative calling and producing valuable work? The answer might have to do with the very factors that make taking the leap challenging to begin with. read more

Can You Feel the Most Contagious Emotion?

Jonah Berger's dazzling new book Contagious sheds light on how highly shared content evokes especially one emotion. What the book doesn't offer is why we need that emotion and how we can evoke it in our content without being manipulative. read more

Is Your Life Meaningful?

For our lives to have meaning, we have to find that meaning for ourselves What can you do that gives you a sense of being engaged in something larger than your smallish daily self? read more

Feeling the Most Contagious Emotion When You Create & Market

Jonah Berger's dazzling new book Contagious sheds light on how highly shared content evokes especially one emotion. What the book doesn't offer is why we need that emotion and how we can evoke it in our content without being manipulative. read more

From Creative Writing to Studying Creativity

I ended up applying my passion in creativity to the psychological realm, where I would like to think I have had a larger impact than if I were still working on my stories and plays. read more

New Ways to Look at Positive Thinking & Acting

Though I'm skeptical of self-help books that claim to change my life, a recent one, The As If Principle, uses studies to prove that behavior creates thoughts and feelings. read more

Blind Hero Brightens New Mystery Series

Unique blind psychiatrist protagonist lights up intelligent, risk-taking dark mystery, Dante's Wood, by ex-lawyer Lynn Raimondo. read more

22 Funny Words

Are you addicted (if not clinically) to playing Scrabble and such word games? Games can get you into a flow state where time stops. Prepare by learning some fun words... read more

22 Funny Words for a Fair Win

Are you addicted (if not clinically) to playing Scrabble and such word games? Games can get you into a flow state where time stops. Prepare by learning some fun words... read more

Can Moms Make Art?

Lost in Living is a powerful documentary that delves into the emotions felt and the life choices made by mothers who are also writers or artists. read more

Peter Pan and Growing Up

If we believe in fairies, Tinkerbell lives. If we believe in an education system that keeps creativity alive, can Wendy, Tootles, and the rest hold onto some of their spark? read more

6 Ways to Clean Up Your Space and Your Life

Try these six suggestions, some based on the latest findings of positive psychology, for your own personal jump start. read more

Can Hope Be Bad?

Hope has been studied lately with more depth than I thought possible. Experts offer insights into good and bad kinds of hope. read more

8 Strategies For Thinking More Like Sherlock Holmes

It's the 125th anniversary of the first Sherlock Holmes novel, and here are some insights (and 8 tips) about the brain machinations of the world's most popular fictional detective. read more

Beautiful Minds Has a New Home

Beautiful Minds is now part of Scientific American MIND's new blog network! read more

The Truth about Mormons

Enlightening new novel called ELDERS satisfies curiosity about what Mormons do on those two-year proselytizing missions. read more

Raise a Sensitive Child

The ability to put yourself in the place of another, feelings and all, evolves throughout childhood, and there are ways you can help consolidate the trait of empathy in your own child. read more

When Obsessions Combine: Writer "Climbs" Everest

You don't have to be an adventure lover to feel the thrills. A superb novelist puts you at the peak of Everest with the earliest pioneers. read more

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