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You know Yayoi Kusama, you just don’t realize it. Born in 1929 in Matsumoto City, Japan, Kusama dreamed of being an artist since the day she painted flowers in a sketchpad, the same sketchpad her mother would tear up and tell her to stop drawing in. Born to a traditional Japanese family, she was expected to marry into a good family-- nothing more, nothing less. Her ideas of leaving Japan to become a professional painter were out of the question. In 1957 she left for New York, officially disowned by her family. Kusama recalls, “My mother beat me and kicked me on the derriere every day, irritated that I was always painting…When I left for New York, my mother gave me $1,000,000 yen and told me never to set foot in her house again.” Filled with a ...

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“A short practice that you do every day is better than a long practice you keep putting off to tomorrow.” Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist who is known for her work in the field of 'science help'—popular explication of scientific research—as it relates to achieving personal goals despite inner conflict. She's studied the physical and psychological effects of mediation. She believes that anyone can do it and that with some practice, even the most distracted person can find mindfulness through meditation. Here’s how to get started: 1. Sit still and stay put . Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the ground, or sit cross-legged on a cushion. Sit up straight and rest your hands in your lap. It’s important not to fidget when you meditate—...

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Oprah Winfrey accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes on Sunday and delivered a moving speech that brought men and women in the audience to their feet. Below is a full transcript of Winfrey's acceptance speech. In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: "The winner is Sidney Poitier." Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a ...

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