2015 Christmas bake

Another Christmas is behind us. To be honest, Christmas sneaked up on me quickly and quietly. The weather has been unseasonably warm this December, and it is our off year (we only put up a tree every second year), so the holiday wasn't at front-of-mind. I'm surprised I even managed to pull off the baking this ...

Fake it till you become it

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Amy Cuddy's research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions. It only takes two minutes.  Before you go into the next stressful evaluative situation, for two minutes, fake it, in the elevator, in a bathroom stall, at your desk behind closed ...

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA

Passionate man, inspiring story. Artist and designer Ron Finley couldn’t help but notice what was going on in his backyard. “South Central Los Angeles,” he quips, “home of the drive-thru and the drive-by.” And it's the drive-thru fast-food stands that contribute more to the area’s poor health and high mortality rate, with one in two kids contracting a ...

Your body, the facts

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Tim Noakes, co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of SA, speaks at TEDx Cape Town. His idea worth spreading is to cut through mainstream myths, control your discomfort, get into the pain to find the real issues, in order to pursue perfection. Don't accept anything. Can you hydrate too much during exercise? Do your ...

Look up, is that a rooftop farm?

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The first rooftop farm can be found in Montreal, Quebec. Owned and cultivated by a company called Lufa Farms, this 31,000 square-foot rooftop space can hardly be detected above the downtown bustle. There, high above Montreal’s busy streets and buildings, sit slowly growing carrots and sun-ripened tomatoes. Founded by Mohamed Hage, the farm is gaining ...