19 Minimalist Hacks To Maximize Your Life


Space comes at a premium for most of us and sometimes organizing just isn’t enough.

With these minimalist hacks, you’ll be able to maximize your space and get everything in order! Sometimes less is more and that is definitely the case with these simple ideas.

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Obsequious dogs; impervious cats

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If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately, you’ve probably heard about an Hungarian study that indicates dogs understand human language in a much more sophisticated manner than previously thought.

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The study exposed 13 dogs to recordings of their owners’ voices in both appreciative and neutral tones while observing their brains with a functional MRI. Some of the phrases were meaningful — szép munka! (well done!), for example — while others were meaningless. (These were taken from Donald Trump’s varying speeches on immigration policy.) It turns out dogs register not only intonation, but meaning: they recognized praise only when praise words were matched with an appreciative tone.

To which my cats say, in a neutral tone: Nagy ügy. A kutyák alázatos és méltatlan. (Big deal. Dogs are obsequious and undignified.)

Which the researchers kind of conceded. In an e-mail to the Associated Press, study lead…

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Stand Up For What You Believe In

So Here's The Thing


So here’s the thing…

Today we had our fantasy football draft (that’s right, I’m a huge dork), and for the second time in as many days I found myself in a conversation about Colin Kaepernick…and in neither case did the conversation have anything to do with the merits of Kaep’s football playing (which is not good).

The overwhelming sentiment of those with whom I was speaking, and those I hear discussing this in the news or on Facebook, seems to be that Kaepernick is a big ass for not standing for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game the other day. “He’s just doing it for attention”, said one friend. “You’re getting paid millions of dollars to play a game. Just do your job”, said another.

Kaepernick himself has said that he chose not to stand because he feels like America oppresses minorities and people of color and he…

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The Emperor Has No Balls: Are the Trump Statues Body Shaming or Legitimate Political Commentary?

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Last Thursday, something unusual happened in America. In a country uncomfortable with both political discussions and art which is not decorative, we heatedly discussed a statue. You know the one I’m referencing – the nude statue of presidential hopeful Donald Trump – depicting him as a pompous dictator with no clothes and no testicles and a very, very small penis.

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Commissioned by the anarchist art collective, INDECLINE, statues of a salmon pink Trump simultaneously were erected (its hard to find another word) in public spaces in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Seattle. Named “The Emperor Has No Balls”, New York City’s Parks Department removed the statue. A spokesman said they removed it because the statue was unaccompanied and had been installed without a permit. A Parks employee quipped, “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no…

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The Parade of Trumps

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This writer shows how even voting choices reflects back on who we are as people.


I won’t try to convince you that this is not a political post. In some ways, it is.

In fact, it’s a desperate political post.

Not desperate in the sense that I’m beside myself with fear that The Donald will become The Commander in Chief. Desperate in the sense that I have found no way to penetrate the  aura of his appeal. I find it inexcusable that even one American would vote for him.

Being who I am, I don’t expect to convert one person away from Trump. I am the America that Trump speaks of when he says that we are weak, that we are soft, that we are losers and whiners and overly tolerant of the negative forces that threaten to consume us.

Put another way: I’m a rational, thoughtful person who doesn’t view everything unlike me as suspect and who doesn’t regard everything that doesn’t turn a…

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Be the Change


We participated in a polite act of revolution this morning. Mary and I attended the “illegal” ordination of a woman as a Catholic priest. She’s our neighbor so we would be disposed to be nice about it, but more importantly, we wholeheartedly believe in the rightness of the act. God blessed it and approves, even if the church can’t get there yet. Continue reading


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On Goodness and Boringness


I once had dinner with a man who’s been crucially instrumental in saving the lives of 150,000,000 people. 150,000,000 and counting, mind you.

No, not 150. Not 150 thousand. One hundred and fifty million.

Can’t wrap your head around that? I’ll help. Here’s a representation of 600 people. First, go through and give each individual silhouette a name: Aarav, Abadom, Abaeze, Abayomi, Abedi, Advik … Next, to reach 150 million, all you have to do is imagine this image repeated 250,000 times, while you assign unique names to each figure.


And I’m not even counting the number of people he’s helped save from terrible scarring and disfigurement.

Huh? What’s Bill Foege like? Oh, he seemed like a nice guy. Modest. Soft-spoken. By the standards of our Facebook-Twitter-Instagram era, of reality shows and self-help books, of 24/7 self-promotion, he’s maybe just a tad boring.

Here’s the story:

In 1966, 7056_loresthere were approximately 10 to…

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