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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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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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Anger is a difficult emotion. It causes us to "see red", lose control and spur the situation on with reactions we almost always regret. One of the marks of maturity is being able to handle anger, to acknowledge it and move on from it. Anger is a poison. We all know the saying "holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die." It's a common saying because it's true. Unfortunately, it's not that easy to just drop anger. We don't know where to put it. We don't know how to leave it behind. While there are different techniques that work for everyone, here are some of the most profound and useful lessons from writers, teachers, Buddhists and healers. Hopefully you will find one that resonates with you. Drop it and Relax Someti...

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