How Your Obsession With Short-Term Results Can Hurt You in the Long Run

Bina Venkataraman A friend once caught the fever of counting her steps. She was taking part in a workplace fitness competition, in the hope that it would cajole her into getting healthier. Her company doled out Fitbits — those digital schoolmarms that ceaselessly track their wearer’s every move — to teams of employees who competed against each other. One day I ran into her and asked her how she was faring. She had found her team lagging behind the others, so she added a short afternoon walk to her daily routine. But she confessed that her walks to ratchet up … Continue reading How Your Obsession With Short-Term Results Can Hurt You in the Long Run

What to Know About Virginia Woolf’s Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West

Suyin Haynes “I am reduced to a thing that wants Virginia…It is incredible how essential to me you have become,” wrote Vita Sackville-West to the novelist Virginia Woolf in 1926. A popular writer herself, Sackville-West was proclaiming her love for Woolf during the most intense years of their romantic relationship in the 1920s. Although both were married to men, the two women penned hundreds of poetic letters to each other, and their relationship would inspire one of Woolf’s most celebrated works, the 1928 novel Orlando. That relationship is the subject of a new film, Vita & Virginia, which includes lines … Continue reading What to Know About Virginia Woolf’s Love Affair With Vita Sackville-West

These 10 Google Calendar Tips Will Make You the Master of Your Schedule

Patrick Lucas Austin No one enjoys being late to anything, be it a meeting, date, or your friend’s first improv performance. That’s where the humble calendar comes into play. Like all calendars, Google Calendar is, ostensibly, supposed to keep you on track and on time. At least, if you know how to use it. Even if you’re someone who schedules everything from dinner to daydreaming, taking hours to learn about every Google Calendar feature or hidden gem could interfere with your already busy schedule. So here are some of the most important Google Calendar tips and tricks you need to … Continue reading These 10 Google Calendar Tips Will Make You the Master of Your Schedule

What Does the G7 Stand For?

Julia Webster Heads of state are meeting on Saturday for a two-day summit in the southern French city of Biarritz. President Emmanuel Macron is this year’s host and wants the meeting to focus on fighting inequality and protecting biodiversity and climate. Here’s everything you need to know about the conference of world leaders. What does G7 stand for? G7 stands for “Group of Seven” industrialized nations. It used to be known as the G8 (Group of Eight) until 2014 when Russia was excluded because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Why was G7 created? The G7 was created more … Continue reading What Does the G7 Stand For?

Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Released From Jail After Serving Time for Leading Protests

Associated Press (MOSCOW) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after spending a month in jail for calling for an unsanctioned protest. Navalny, along with several opposition activists, has led a protest movement earlier this summer against Russian election authorities’ decision to bar nearly two dozen independent candidates from running for the Moscow city legislature in the Sept. 8 election. One of these rallies was the largest anti-government protest that Moscow had seen in eight years. Speaking to reporters outside the detention facility in Moscow, Navalny vowed to keep fighting against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government despite … Continue reading Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Released From Jail After Serving Time for Leading Protests

What to Expect of Britain’s New Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 Summit

Billy Perrigo Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make his debut on the international stage this weekend, at the G7 summit of world leaders in Biarritz, France. There, Johnson will have his first chance as Prime Minister to win over – or alienate – presidents and other prime ministers who have the power to shape his time in office, and Britain’s future. President Trump, a self-declared friend of Johnson, is somebody who he will have to keep on-side during potentially divisive negotiations about a post-Brexit trade deal. And then there’s the European Union delegation, made up of Emmanuel Macron … Continue reading What to Expect of Britain’s New Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the G7 Summit

Light Rail Train Derailment in California Injures 27

Associated Press (SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Authorities say more than two dozen people have been injured in a light rail train derailment in Northern California. Sacramento Fire Capt. Keith Wade tells news outlets that 27 people were injured, including 13 people who were transported to trauma hospitals. He said the remaining patients were treated at the scene and released. There were 15 ambulances at the site of the derailment, and more than 40 firefighters responded. Wade says it’s the first time in his 19 years on the job that he’s seen a train accident with such a high number of injuries. … Continue reading Light Rail Train Derailment in California Injures 27