9 Science-Backed Reasons to Own a Dog


Loyal, protective, and always happy to see you, the dog has been a human companion for more than 18,000 years, making it one of the first domesticated animals in history.

Don’t just take our word for it.

Scientists have proof that dogs make us laugh more than cats, keep us more active than the average human companion, and even reduce our chances of depression.

So, if you need a little more convincing, or you need to convince someone else in the household, here are the cold, hard facts for why you should own a dog.

1. Dogs Make Us Laugh

People who own dogs laugh more, according to a study published in the journal Society & Animals. Researchers asked people who owned dogs, cats, both, or neither to record how often they laughed over the course of a day. Those who owned just dogs and both dogs and cats…

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Lady of the Silver Helm

Greg Patrick. Traveler. Poet.


Lady of the Silver Helm

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A story of Jeanne d’Arc, Amazon of the Hundred Years War and her Chevalier Palladin Gilles D’Rais

“One life is all we have and we live it as we believe in living it. But to sacrifice what you are and to live without belief, that is a fate more terrible than dying.” -Jeanne d’Arc

“Of the love or hatred God has for the English, I know nothing, but I do know that they will all be thrown out of France, except those who die there.”  -Jeanne d’Arc.

“Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!”-Jeanne d’Arc.

Lady of the Silver Helm

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” I am not afraid… I was born to do this”. -Jeanne d’Arc

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person…

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10 Short Stories for Rabih Alameddine to Teach


Yesterday, novelist Rabih Alameddine asked, on Twitter, for short-story suggestions for a course he’ll be teaching:

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They must be “by writers from Middle East/North Africa region? Or maybe about the area?” And Alameddine must want to teach them.

1) Yusuf Idris, “All on a Summer’s Night.” (In The Essential Yusuf Idris, ed. and trans. Denys Johnson-Davies.)

Justification: Idris, for all his shortcomings, was a literary giant, and short stories were a place he did some of his best work. This particular story isn’t one of his most anthologized, but it always catches me up at the end, when the future of these boys — who’d gone walking into the city in search of illusions — comes crashing down on them. It has a coming-of-age aspect that should particularly catch on young readers, and Johnson-Davies does a fine job with the shifting registers.

2) Mohamed Mustagab, “The Battle of the…

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Four Career Lessons I Learned from Video Games


Originally published on Fast Company, 8/10/15


I used to work for a video game company. Early in my tenure there, I heard a colleague remark that video games are the only form of entertainment where you get to write your own story and determine your own ending. I’ve since left the business, but that idea has stuck with me. Consider any video, phone, or tablet game you play: Your success rests on the series of discrete, split-second decisions you make. Most games offer hints and guides to help you make them, but the better a player you become, the fewer tips you need to do well.

Careers are similar. Starting out, you rely on a handful of mentors who critique your work, offer tips, and show you how to work the coffee…

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s next projects – “Earth” and “Veer Ecology”

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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s next projects – “Earth” and “Veer Ecology” – details at In the Middle.


When we return from Oregon I have a semester of leave to enjoy, so I will not be in the classroom for a while (though I am doing the usual, crazy amount of travel). GW has a program called the Dean’s Research Chairs which, should your application be selected, provides a reduced teaching load for three years so that you can either begin or complete a project. I want to share with you what I proposed, since both recently went under contract and are my preoccupation for the foreseeable future. I swore that Stone was my last solitary project, so not surprisingly both books I will be working on in the next two years are collaborative…

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10 Hopeful Quotes That Will Help You Through Challenging Situations

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C.S. Lewis


Life is filled with difficulties. How we confront our challenges is precisely what makes us great. Nobody ever reached greatness on a silver platter. This is true in any aspect of life, including running a business.

In the midst of challenges, be inspired by these words of wisdom to help transform for the better:

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. — C.S. Lewis

Age is just a number. Success is based on the will to achieve and persist through struggles. Although new ideas are typically associated with the young, innovation isn’t restricted by age. C.S. Lewis didn’t publish his classic Chronicles of Narnia until 1950 — he was more than 50 years old at the time.

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. — Thomas A. Edison

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Online resources to help students summarize journal articles and write critical reviews

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Online resources to help students summarize journal articles and write critical reviews – some useful resources at Raul Pacheco-Vega’s blog.

AcWri handwritten notes and journal article readingThe courses I teach tend to be very practical and applied. My teaching philosophy is founded on helping my students acquire employable skills. Writing solid, robust, concise and easy-to-read analytical summaries should be an acquired tool that they then can transfer to other fields. Politicians, bureaucrats and high-level people in government that I’ve talked to have always considered summarizing information a great tool that undergraduate and graduate education should provide. Yet, the online resources I found to help students summarize journal articles and write critical reviews left me wanting.

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The 20 Most Beautiful Children’s Books of All Time


[Editor’s note: It’s Labor Day, so your devoted Flavorwire team is taking a break. To keep you entertained, we’re leaving you with our most popular features of the summer months. This post originally ran July 9th.] Ever since Chris Van Allsburg’s birthday last month, we’ve been feeling a surge of appreciation for the plethora of beautiful picture books in our lives. In fact, we think some of the loveliest illustrations we’ve ever seen have been in books (or maybe that’s just the association with a great story talking), so we decided to round up a few of the most beautiful children’s books — at least according to us. Keep in mind: we’re going for beauty, not iconic status — so Tenniel’s Alice drawings and a few other iconic, innovative illustrations, while dear to us, don’t make the cut. Leaf through our picks for the most mindblowingly beautiful picture books…

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Math Says This Is the Perfect Age to Get Married


A new study suggests that people should get married between the ages of 28 and 32 if they don’t want to get divorced, at least in the first five years.

Before we proceed to the explanation: Don’t shoot me if you’re older than that and not married yet. These are just statistics and can in no way account for your personal situation, or that last cheater/psycho/narcissist you wasted 18 months on. Nobody’s blaming you. You are a wonderful and entirely loveable person.

Now, moving on.

The study was done by Nick Wolfinger, a sociologist at the University of Utah, and published by the generally pro-marriage Institute of Family Studies. It suggests that people who get married between 28 and 32 split up least in the ensuing years. This is a new development; sociologists formerly believed that waiting longer to get hitched usually led to more stability, and there was no…

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