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14 Fascinating Daily Rituals of Famous Authors

Maya Angelou: Wrote in a hotel room via Barnes & Noble Maya Angelou kept a hotel room in her hometown and paid for it by the month. She visited it around 6:30 a.m. each day and started writing. Angelou had all the paintings and decorations taken out of the room …

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These Inkblot Tests Know Your True Personality

If you buy into pop culture, psychologists either sit next to a patient lying on a chaise, or flip through a series of inkblots and asking: “What do you see?” Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach developed inkblot tests with a series of ten cards in 1921. He used them to secretly diagnose …

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15 Subtle Ways to Add Sparkle to Your New Years Outfit

Glitter tights via Amazon.com Show off your legs—while still keeping warm—by pulling on a pair of shimmery silver tights. They’re an unexpected touch that will subtly draw attention. Check out these other winter fashion tips to keep you warm and stylish. Glittery nail polish iStock/Lepro Catch the light when you …

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9 Chilling Facts You Never Knew About the Winter Solstice

The solstice is actually a timeiStock/xijian Contrary to popular belief, the winter solstice isn’t a day. It’s the specific moment in time when the sun is above the Tropic of Capricorn, a circle of latitude below the equator. This is the southern-most point the sun ever reaches from our perspective …

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6 Surprising Times You’re Actually Quoting the Bible

Tobias Helbig/Getty Images “A House Divided Against Itself” In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells an impudent crowd, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” However, the phrase didn’t enter the modern lexicon until it was quoted by Abraham …

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Here’s the REAL Reason We Put an X in “Xmas”

iStock/jcarillet Who put the “X” in “Xmas”? Was it a modern soldier in the War on Christmas, attempting to secularize the holiday? Was it Xtina Aguilera, looking for some spelling solidarity? Or was it, as a young me once thought, a band of delightful pirates, marking the spot of their yuletide …

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17 Letters to Santa that Will Warm Your Heart this Holiday Season

Dear Santa… Courtesy Santa Claus Museum Each year, the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, receives tens of thousands of letters to Santa. A team of elves responds to each one that arrives before December 21 (Santa gets a bit busy after that!) and catalogs them at the Santa Claus Museum …

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The 4-Step Guide to Dealing with Sadness During the Holidays

Lisa Shin for Reader’s Digest Whoever wrote the song “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” never had to endure a night of Hanukkah listening to a cousin rail about politics. Or spend an entire Christmas alone while cheers and laughter erupted from the apartment down the hall. Fortunately, …

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One Man’s Memory of Holiday Lights Proves You Don’t Need Snow to Have a Merry Christmas

Chip Simons/Getty Images Some things we cannot duplicate where I live. We will never celebrate Christmas inside a picture postcard. We have no winter wonderland, though once, inspired by a snowfall seen on the black-and-white television, I did scrape a handful of ice from the inside of the freezer to …

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14 Things Never to Buy at a Dollar Store

School supplies iStock/Pamela Moore As low as $1 sounds, you might actually find better deals at larger office supply retailers, which are more likely to have sales, says Brent Shelton, online shopping expert for fatwallet.com. “You can usually get things you’d get for a dollar for a penny or five …

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