Sunday Firesides: Take It Bird by Bird

In a famous story shared by the writer Anne Lamott, she remembers a time from her childhood in which her brother had procrastinated working on a report about birds until the night before the assignment was due. He was in despair, sitting “at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead.”  It was at this point that the boy’s father sat next to him, put an arm around his shoulder, and offered...
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5 Ways To Relax After A Hard Day’s Work

When you’ve had that day from hell at work, it can be very difficult to switch off and not let it affect your personal life. It’s easy for that stress to build and build until it almost feels unmanageable, but there are things you can do to help you relax after a hard day’s work.  Read a book You might do a lot of reading for work and think, “why would I want to do even more reading after work?” Reading a book for pleasure is completely different from reading for work, though, and ...
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FRAGRANTICA Editors' Favorite Perfumes of 2020

2020 has been a year like no other: one that will be remembered for a long time. With everything we have experienced this year being so downbeat, there are two words that describe it the best – hope and strength. We wish that you'll make the best of the last weeks of 2020, treasure what you have. It has been challenging keeping up with new perfume launches, but we've done our best and offer you... Read full article: FRAGRANTICA Editors' Favorite Perfumes of 2020 from Fragrantica Perfumes and Co...
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Goals of Being

Many years ago one of my goals for public speaking was to design and deliver my own three-day workshop on the Las Vegas Strip. I first achieved that goal in 2009. That was a goal of doing. Another goal I had for public speaking was to develop such strong comfort with public speaking that I could feel fully present in front of an audience, so I could be spontaneous and in the moment and not feel anxiety or nervousness – just enjoyment, fun, playfulness, and connection. I achieved that goal som...
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Santal Insolent: The New Fragrance by Molinard

A new addition in the historical French house of Molinard comes in the collection Les Elements in the familiar purple glass bottles, which have subtly changed a couple of times. Molinard is one of the oldest French parfumeries, and actually one of the oldest perfumeries still in existence, as it was founded as a family business in 1849 in the town of Grasse in the south of France, and it still re... Read full article: Santal Insolent: The New Fragrance by Molinard from Fragrantica Perfumes and ...
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"The fashion pendulum inevitably swung away from giant sunglasses into almost comically tiny territory, which means it's just about time for that bug-eyed look to return."

Fashionista explains fashion succinctly.  Everything that goes out of style is just waiting around in exile until its badness has ripened into oblivion and somebody cool can then wear it and make it sing again. In this case, with the giant bug-eye sunglasses, we've got the Olsen twins looking just perfect and making you think you can wear those things again.  Meanwhile, what's been in style becomes seeable as ridiculous, which it always was, and the least cool people are the last to notice...
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Francis Ford Coppola: ‘Life is a great screenwriter’

The film director, 81, on beauty in the eye of the audience, finishing with The Godfather and the family of humanityBeing able to critique yourself is a good skill. Often when a film has been released I’ll ask: “Did I make mistakes?” When I made The Cotton Club in 1984, people were telling me there were too many black people in it and too much tap dancing. I would say: “But it’s a movie about black people tap dancing.” Years later, I realised I had taken out half of the backstory. It was good to...
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Tips for Shopping for Life Insurance on a Budget

Choosing the best life insurance when you have a limited budget poses a myriad of challenges, yet the importance of coverage requires you to learn the steps to success and choose a policy. Without life insurance, your family is left with the harrowing task of not only burying a loved one but also paying for the funeral, burial, and other fees. No one enjoys talking or thinking about death but preparing for the inevitable is important. The following tips ease the strains many people experie...
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A Year-End Gift to My Readers

LinkedIn Learning Course Access To close out what has been an unpredictable and challenging year for all of us, I’d like to present you with a gift—one that, like many things during the Covid-19 pandemic, has taken twists and turns in the making, including a timetable that changed more than once. 2020 has been a year that has asked all of us to be adaptable and open to new ways of going about life. Case in point, the LinkedIn Learning course that the Connection Culture Group team is so pleased ...
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Double talk with Kane Williamson

It’s a Lord Megachief of Gold-fest down at Seddon Park this week. Neil Wagner (2019) is doing his usual thing, while Jason Holder (2018) has had a slightly less wonderful time. But it’s Kane Williamson (2015) who has been most influential. We’ve been thinking about double hundreds a bit recently for an upcoming thing. They’re not that common, but also, at the same time, probably a bit more common than you think. There have been 38 double hundreds in the last five years. That is a lot. Vi...
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10 brilliant homemade Christmas gift ideas

Want to give a little love with a handmade present, but don’t know where to start? Try these ideas from artists and designersA friend once gave me a copy of The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright, a cult picture book about a doll who knits a scarf as a Christmas gift for Mr Bear because, she says, a present you make is so much better than one you buy. The sentiment is more relevant this year than ever – the thought is what counts, and 2020 will be the year of the homemade Christmas present.When kept apa...
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Yotam Ottolenghi's alternative Christmas dinner – recipes

Turkey and all the trimmings is all very well, but to turn heads this Christmas, try out this roast spatchcock chicken in chilli butter with a Gruffalo-inspired stuffing cake, sweet potatoes roasted with pecan and lime, and a zingy sprout slawIf you’ve never spatchcocked a chicken, you can now add it to the list of “things I had time for in 2020 that I would never have done otherwise” (or ask the butcher to do it for you). If you want to get ahead, prepare the chicken the day before: refrigerate...
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‘People are craving something more’: is it time to embrace your career plan B?

Whether you’ve lost your job or fallen out of love with it, many people turned to something new this year. We meet those who did – plus a beginner’s guide to taking the plungeFor 21 years, Ian Garrett worked in the oil industry. He started his career at BP, then made his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming the chief well engineer for Tullow Oil. He worked long days; his job required a lot of travel, and took him from the North Sea to places such as Angola, Ghana and Algeria. But, at th...
Tags: Money, Life and style, Work & careers, Health & wellbeing, Work-life balance, Tullow Oil, Bp, Algeria, North Sea, Garrett, PGCE, Coronavirus, Ian Garrett, Angola Ghana

Saturday Links

Curated links for your weekend reading: The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards Congratulations to the winners of our The Gospel Coalition 2020 Book Awards. In Praise of Slow Reading It’s fun to listen to a book closely rather than skimming for highlights you can tweet or blog about. Reading should be pleasurable, and slow reading is, for me anyway, the way I get the most pleasure from it. How a Former Radical Sparked the New Calvinist Movement “If we try to take short cuts, to d...
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Inside the many homes of Walt Disney, from his parents' cottage, which cost $800 to build, to his lavish 'Technicolor Dream House' in Palm Springs

Outside Disney's Los Feliz home. Patricia Ruben Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, and died in 1966 in Burbank, California. Throughout his life, he lived in multiple properties, mainly in California. His childhood home in Chicago was designed and built by his parents in the 1890s. In recent years, it's been restored by The Walt Disney Birthplace. He raised his two children in a 6,388-square-foot home, which was listed for $3.65 million in 2014. He called his...
Tags: Real Estate, California, Life, Disney, Los Angeles, Trends, Features, Chicago, Manhattan, Jennifer Lopez, Roy, Cinderella, Walt Disney World, Los Angeles Times, Walt Disney, Mediterranean

‘Women feel they have no option but to give birth alone’: the rise of freebirthing

As Covid infections rose, hospital felt like an increasingly dangerous place to have a baby. But is labouring without midwives or doctors the answer?On the morning of 3 May, Victoria Johnson prepared to give birth at her home in the Highlands. One by one, her three children came downstairs to where she was labouring in a birthing pool surrounded by fairy lights, the curtains tightly shut against the outside world.Suddenly, she felt an urge to get out of the pool. “I stood up and it felt as if th...
Tags: Family, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Women's Health, Victoria Johnson, Coronavirus

Blind date: 'First impressions? Wow!'

Aiden, 29, teacher, meets Charlotte, 26, actorWhat were you hoping for?My housemate Meabh (who signed me up) was determined to find my future wife. But I was just hoping for someone to have a fun night with. Continue reading...
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