Coffee Reads of the Week – the supernaturals

Some of the articles I enjoyed reading over the net are worth sharing, too. Check out my weekly posts via the Coffee Reads series. I’ve got my google reader to back me up so do also check out my shared reads. Enjoy!

photography: The language of photography (and how it can help you take better pictures) by Mark Broadhead
Photography and technical jargon go together like a DSLR and a hot shoe mounted flash. If you’re new to photography there’s a lot of lingo to know, particularly around the camera and its equipment. There’s ISO, White Balance, RAW, etc. It can be intimidating to try and navigate the world of photography but it’s worth learning the language — both for practical reasons (most equipment jargon is useful to know before you make a purchase) and also for its beauty. Some photographic terms are wonderfully esoteric and yet instructive in the art of capturing a destination. Here is a selection of some of the more beautiful photographic lingo.

science6 Dream Mysteries – Solved by Hallie Levine Sklar
We’re all fascinated by our dreams, but most of us don’t have a clue what they mean. And the rest of us can’t even remember what we dreamt about. Well, consider this: Experts say that keeping a closer eye on your dreams can actually help you improve your life. “Every night when you dream, you subconsciously assess what’s going on in your life,” says Gayle Delaney, PhD, author of In Your Dreams. “And if you pay attention, you can use it as a way to solve problems.” Here’s how to decipher your dreams, use them to your advantage, and understand why you have them in the first place.

dating: 8 signs He’s Totally Into You by Rich Santos
Unfortunately, after a first date, it’s rarely as simple as: “I like you, I had fun, let’s get together again.” I’m coy after a first date because: I don’t want to look too eager/desperate. I won’t ignore my attraction, but I’ll at least try to temper it. I want to look like I have a life. Even though I don’t have a life, I might try to look a little aloof. I’m not sure if you like me. It’s scary to take the dive and show I’m interested when I’m not sure if the girl is interested. Despite attempts to look calm, cool, and collected, there are a number a things I’ll do around an initial date that clue you in that I’m interested. Here are a few.

relationships: 8 Things You Should Never Say to Your Husband by Denise Schipani
One of the best parts about marriage is being so comfortable with your hubby that you can say just about anything to him. But if you don’t watch your mouth, sometimes the ugly truth comes out in hurtful—not helpful––ways. Though you may have legitimate concerns to express or issues to bring up, doing so in a harsh manner can be damaging in the long term, to both your husband’s feelings and your relationship. According to Judy Ford, psychotherapist and author of Every Day Love, “Speaking kindly is a skill that couples have to learn. Everyone feels battered by life and the outside world. You shouldn’t feel that way at home.” Here, nine statements that you should never utter to your significant other––and the words that you should try instead.

health & wellness: 25 Ways to Cut 500 Calories A Day by Shaun Chavis
The most basic way to lose weight is to slash calories. That’s Diet 101. But how many do you really have to cut or burn to see results? It’s simple: You can drop a pound a week by trimming 500 calories each day. (Calories burned are based on a 150-pound woman.) In fact, do a couple of swaps a day and you can drop 10 pounds in 5 weeks! So try these 25 easy tweaks—and get the slim body you want in no time.

shopping: How to Read Beauty Product Labels by Karla Bowsher
If you’ve ever bought a personal care product because you thought it was natural, hypoallergenic, or wouldn’t cause your toddler to cry in the bath, you’ve probably wasted your money.

health & beauty: The 10 Biggest Skin Mistakes You Can Make by Leslie Baumann, M.D.
Using tanning beds. Not using SPF daily. Getting to much sun. Using the wrong cleanser. Not using a retinoid. Over-exfoliating. Using daytime moisturizer if you have oily skin. Paying too much for skincare. Not knowing your skin type. Not getting a full-body skin exam every year.

health & wellness: Easy Exercises to Keep Your Brain in Shape by Dr Maoshing Ni
Living to an old age isn’t much fun if you can’t remember anything. No matter what your age, you can protect your memory and keep your mind sharp with one habit: practice a mental exercise every day. Practice consistently, and by the end of the month, you will have a new brain-boosting habit that will pave the way for a long and memorable life!

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Coffee Reads of the Week – never say a word

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science: Mind Wandering May Lead to a Bad Mood by Jeremy Hsu
For the sake of your own happiness, don’t let your mind wander while reading this article. Setting the mind adrift from the here and now may lead to a worse mood regardless of whether the daydreams or thoughts are pleasant ones, researchers say.

relationships: 10 Things No One Tells You About Marriage by Diane Oatis
Five, 10, 15 years ago, it was all white lace and promises. You were young, dewy—and a little bit dumb. Who knew about all the things you would find out later? Since I’ve been married for 20 years, I’ve been elected to dig up some of the truths about married life. I had some ideas of my own, but I also polled a bunch of my long-married friends. They told me that over the years, their eyes had been opened—and it has not always been pleasant.

dating & relationships: What one’s favorite color signifies by Barrie Dolnick
Most of us have a favorite color. Maybe you’re drawn to sky blue because it makes your eyes stand out or you find forest green particularly comforting. Whatever the case, your preferred hue can reveal a lot about what makes you tick. And the same holds true for the people you date — you’d probably have a different impression of a date if he or she said, “My favorite color is yellow” versus “My favorite color is black.” That’s because color speaks a powerful, silent language. And I can help you understand it. I’m a success coach and best-selling author of Simple Spells for Love and other books, and I’ve studied color theory. So, look up your favorite color below — then, your date’s best-loved shade — and get some colorful insights that will benefit your romantic life.

career: What Not to Say at Work by Jenna Goudreau
A registered nurse at a county-run clinic in Long Island, N.Y., still carries a grudge against management. Last year, she was unable to get June 30 — her wedding anniversary — off to celebrate with her husband of 35 years. This year, she put in the request six months early, pointing out to her boss the 36th anniversary milestone. Overloaded with requests for the July 4 weekend, her supervisor did not agree to the time off, and instead asked: “Can’t you celebrate your anniversary another day?”

health & wellness8 Things Your Hair Says About Your Health by Melanie Haiken
When it comes to our hair, most of us worry most about what to do with it: how short to cut it, how to style it, whether to color it once it begins to go gray. But experts say that our hair says a lot more about us than how closely we follow the latest styles. In fact, the health of our hair and scalp can be a major tip-off to a wide variety of health conditions.

career: 10 Things Your Boss Isn’t Telling You by Alison Green
Part of being a boss is having difficult conversations. But managers are human, and while they should be tackling difficult or awkward topics head-on, in reality plenty of them shy away from it. Here are 10 things that your boss might be too uncomfortable to say to you.

relationships: 5 bad relationship habits to dump by Bob Strauss
OK, so you used to be married and now you’re not. You may be out there happily dating, but are the habits from your wedded days dogging you? Consider the fact that when you’re married, you have the luxury of a long, indefinite “’til death do us part” future in which to settle into a comfortable routine or slowly work through issues with your spouse. On a date, though, everything happens in accelerated time, with equally accelerated consequences. An indelicate remark on your first rendezvous may forever put the kibosh on a second. In fact, there are five key behaviors left over from your married days that can wreak havoc on your current romantic forays. We asked Marty Friedman, author of Straight Talk for Men About Marriage, to discuss how to recognize — and get rid of — these bad habits so your love life can prosper.

food: What you didn’t know about tequila by Felisa Rogers
The best tequila I ever drank came to me in a plastic jug. I was young, 20 maybe, with a decidedly unrefined palate. I certainly didn’t think twice about drinking from the unmarked plastic jug that our friend Danny proffered to me. Hey, it was alcohol, right? But even with my unrefined tastes, the second that tequila touched my lips I understood it was something special. It was so smooth, limes would have been an insult.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – not so perfect

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relationships: 10 Ways to Make Your Marriage Divorceproof by Samantha Bee and Jason Jones
For starters, no public squawking at each other. Read on for a few more smart (and funny) suggestions from these happily wed comedians: Realize that if you can agree on what constitutes a clean room, you can agree on anything. If you are irritated by your partner, imagine him as a small child. No fistcuffs in public. Marry someone with a backbone who appreciates you that you possess one of your own. Procrastinate. Accept that everybody needs alone time. If you have to fight, walk and fight. Let your spouse in on 90 percent of your day-to-day routine. When you buy gifts for each other, give them at least a full minute of thought.

health & fitness4 Reasons We Slack Off From Exercising by Jenny Everett
Getting to the gym is a hassle — and nearly impossible with your crazed schedule! You’re utterly exhausted. You haven’t seen results and you’re frustrated. You’re bored with your routine.

beauty: From Kitchen Cabinet to Medicine Cabinet – 9 Beauty Substitutes You Already Have
Honey and sugar and mint, oh my! Author and beauty expert Barbara Hannah Grufferman shares how pantry staples could stand in for your beauty standy-bys.

home tips: New uses for lemons
Lighten hair, brighten clothes, soothe sore throat—the secret talents of this citrus staple.

health & fitness: Being imperfect could save your life by Leah Zerbe
Constantly striving to live a faultless life increases your risk of a very imperfect outcome—early death. Experts specializing in perfectionism recently convened at an Association for Psychological Science Convention in Boston to present research looking at perfectionism and its effects on health, ranging from loss of self-esteem and resilience to increased stress and risk of death. It can even interfere with effectively dealing in a crisis situation. “Even though these impossibly high standards are self-imposed, the true perfectionists find it hard to relinquish the high self-expectations of performance, or to settle for more realistic standards, even during times of severe emergencies requiring them to act fast,” explains Prem Fry, PhD, professor of psychology at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. 

health & fitness: The number one way to improve your memory by Piper Weiss
Memory loss is the single biggest fear for Americans over the age of 55. And it’s understandable: over 4 million currently suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and those numbers are expected to quadruple by 2050, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. That may be why products promising to improve your brain function are flooding the market. Sudoku and crossword puzzles are said to improve memory association skills, though critics believe only when put to task by those puzzles. Ginkgo infused soft drinks line the grocery aisle, ever since the root was suggested to combat dementia (it doesn’t). Even celery has been loosely linked to mental acuity. But the truth is there’s not enough hard evidence that any of these things really work.

health & fitness: 12 Little Instant Health Boosts by Alyssa Shaffer
Giggle. Brush and floss. Brew a pot of tea. Pen a thank-you note. Hide your TV remote. Doodle during work meetings. Keep your doctor on speed dial. Squeeze your husband’s hand. Strike a warrior pose. Grill some fish for dinner. Drink milk at breakfast. Pour a glass of Pinot.

finance: 25 Self-Made Millionaires have these 7 things in common by Alyson Shontell
Nick Tart and his business partner are only 22, but they’ve already become experts in Generation-Y entrepreneurship. After interviewing 25 self-made 6-figure+ teenage entrepreneurs, the pair authored the book: 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs, What It Takes To Make More Than Your Parents. What they found is that all the entrepreneurs shared a lot of similar traits. These kids were lemonade stand sellers on steroids, hustling classmates in elementary school and staying in on weekends to work on their businesses. Here is what separated these successful teens from their other, ordinary classmates. Here are 7 traits the self-made, teenage millionaires share.

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Coffee Reads of the Week–tips in a flash

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health & wellness: Six Tricks to Double your Calorie Burn by Diane Mizota

A plateau is a lovely thing when you get to it after hiking all day. It’s not, when describing your fitness efforts! Plateauing means that despite dragging your body to the gym every day, it’s gone into slacker mode. Your weight won’t budge, your muscles go into hiatsus. Bikini season is only three months away. This is no time for your workout to conk out.

health & wellness: 10 Simple Tricks for Eating Less

Drink first, then eat. Eat consciously. Eat less, more often. Take your time. Don’t wait your body to tell you it’s full. Follow your fist. Do not stock sweets. Drown food when you’re done. Allow yourself small indulgences.

health & wellness: The Health Benefits of Tea by Alyse Levine

The media has exhaustively publicized the numerous ways drinking tea is good for you: from fighting certain cancers, to decreasing the risk of heart disease and ALzheimer’s disease, to controlling cholesterol and even reducing tooth decay! Although most people are aware of tea’s health benefits, they are not aware of which teas are most beneficial. So, from a health perspective, are all teas created equal?

career: Teenage Entrepreneurs by Geoffrey A. Fowler

Here is one indicator of the allure of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture: Diane Keng just launched her third start-up – and she is still in high school. In March, the 18-year-old launched Internet company MyWeboo.com to help teens manage their digital lives and social-network identities in one place. She is now pitching the company to venture capitalists, and earlier this week presented at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

love & relationships: The Science of a Happy Marriage by Tara Parker-Pope

Why do some men and women cheat on their partners while others resist the temptation? To find the answer, a growing body of research is focusing on the science of commitment. Scientists are studying everything from the biological factors that seem to influence marital stability to a person’s psychological response after flirting with a stranger. Their findings suggest that while some people may be naturally more resistant to temptation, men and women can also train themselves to protect their relationships and raise their feelings of commitment.

health & wellness: 10 best beauty timesavers to get you pretty in a flash by Sarah McColl

We’ll make this quick: you’re time starved, and you’re looking for ways to get out the door looking pretty and polished that take a hot minute. Or you’re just really, really lazy. Either way, we feel you. Here are 10 timesavers to get you gorgeous so you can save more minutes for living a beautiful life.

personal finance: 11 budget-planning mistakes to avoid by Ann-Marie Murphy

Whether you’re living paycheck to paycheck or you have a surplus of savings built up, learning to budget your money – and maintaining an ongoing budget planner – is vital to proper money management.  There’s no one right way to budget your money. Some people like to jot income and expenses down on paper, others keep a sophisticated budget spreadsheet and still others prefer using a free, online budget planner that does most of the work for you. It doesn’t really matter how you keep your personal budget so much as picking a method that makes sense to you and one that will maintain regularly. To make sure your budget does what it’s supposed to, be sure to avoid 11 budget planning mistakes.

personal finance: 10 Retirement Myths by Ryan Guina

There are many unknown factors when it comes to retirement, especially if your proposed retirement date is a decade or more away. Though we can’t predict the future, we can dispel some myths that make retirement planning seem more daunting than it really is. Here are ten retirement myths to look out for.

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Coffee Reads of the Week – at this time and age

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health & fitness: 9 “harmless” habits that age you
You keep your college bedtime. You have a soft spot for sweets. You’re stressed more often than not. You only exercise to lose weight. You blast your iPod. You never see your girlfriends. You eat veggies but not daily. You’ve shunned all the fat from your diet. You can’t recall when you last had sex.

health & fitness: 7 energy bars that deliver by Maureen Callahan
Spreading a little peanut butter on apple slices may be a healthier way to snack, but nothing beats an energy or protein bar for convenience. Trouble is, there are too many choices. So we munched and crunched numbers to find the best bars, ones that delivered on both taste and nutrition. It’s a tricky business since a bar might offer lots of fiber (really good) and then negate things with trans fats (really bad). And sugars, even dried fruit, do add up. Here are our top picks for when you’re ready to grab-and-go.

relationships: 7 steps for the marriage-minded by Ann Marsh
Post your wish right in your profile. If you want to be courted, let another person email you first. Don’t get physical until you’re sure he’s The One. Date at least three people at a time. Give guys a second – and third – try. Once you find him, don’t be afraid to bring up marriage…and then bring it up again.

health & fitness: methuselah’s mixture by David Stipp
For as long as people have been growing old, they’ve been wishing they didn’t have to. The “Epic of Gilgamesh”, one of the most ancient works of literature, chronicles the eponymous hero’s quest for eternal life. Most religions offer an attenuated version of immortality in which some fuzzily defined soul endures even after the body has died. Medieval alchemists hunted in vain for the rejuvenating Philosopher’s Stone; industrial-age quacks got rich off their patent elixirs. Today, cosmetics companies dance around truth-in-advertising laws to imply that their creams and lotions can keep the years at bay.

technology: 15 developer/hacker to follow on twitter by Jolie O’Dell
While women developers, computer programmers and hackers of all stripes are by far outnumbered by men in their field, they’re hardly nonexistent. They blog, they tweet, and they do fantastic work to keep the Internet afloat. We’ve chosen to highlight 15 reader-recommended tech women here; if you know of others who should be on our radar — specifically women with coding skills — please do let us know about them in the comments section.

career: 7 new skills every worker needs by Rick Newman
Agility. Skill combos. Tacit skills. A broad vision. Analytics. Curiosity. Self-reliance.

health & fitness: simple ways to cook 20 vegetables by Carolyn Malcoun
One in 4 Americans don’t eat the 5 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruit (the number of servings depends on your calorie intake) that you’re supposed to eat every day for optimal health. Probably the excuse I most often hear people give when they say they don’t like vegetables is that they don’t like how vegetables taste. I think it’s partially because those vegetables were overcooked (and mushy—ew) or not prepared in the tastiest of ways.

health & fitness: how coffee can energize your workout by Hanna Dubansky
Match the amount to your body. Track your tolerance. Go by the clock (and calendar). Add fuel to the fire. Consider the source. Don’t sweat dehydration.

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