The Week: Most Recent Lifestyle Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Lifestyle Posts from THE WEEKTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:00 -0400Everything you need to know about summer desserts<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><div class="editors-post-body"><div><p>Summer is truly the season of sweets. Our freezers are consistently stocked with one too many pints of ice cream, our fridges with the sweetest, juiciest summer fruits. We've traded dense chocolate cakes for cold, creamy desserts, and welcomed the triumphant return of pie with tart fruit fillings and flaky crusts.</p><p>But hot summer days pose a challenge in the kitchen: working with pastry dough suddenly seems like a Herculean task; those gorgeous summer berries refuse to stay fresh for more than a few days; and turning on our ovens is a test of strength and bravery.</p><p>Luckily, following a few...</p></div></div> <a href="">More</a>By Taylor SchwartzTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:17:00 -0400The 5 best and worst states for a well-lived life<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>How long can a baby born today in Missouri, New Mexico, or Minnesota expect to live?</p><p>What wages and salaries are typical of Latinos in the United States, and how do they compare to those of whites or African Americans?</p><p>What's the proportion of adults who have completed high school or college in Houston as compared to Dallas?</p><p>These are just some of the questions a recent report on the state of the United States tries to answer. A project of the non-partisan Social Science Research Council, "The Measure of America 2013-2014" attempts to gauge the well being of the nation by focusing on the well...</p> <a href="">More</a>By John GrgurichTue, 29 Jul 2014 08:44:00 -04008 recipes for a vegetarian barbecue<img src="" /></P><p><br /> </p><div class="editors-post-body"><p>The cookout: a meatlover's heaven, a vegetarian's hell. While omnivorous guests drool over sizzling charcoals with knives at the ready, vegetarians are left to idle at the end of the buffet table nibbling on sliced pickles, spoonfuls of ketchup, and Kraft singles. Maybe there&rsquo;s a bowl of coleslaw, perhaps a side of potato salad, but the signature smokiness of a classic barbecue feast is noticeably absent.</p><p>This grilling season, we&rsquo;re changing the formula. Skip the tofu dogs and veggie sausage links and go for a spread of grilled vegetables and smoky mains. Round it off with a glass...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Taylor SchwartzMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:50:00 -0400How to trim $500 from your monthly spending<img src="" /></P><p>Think about how much sooner you might be able to accomplish those big financial goals you've been dreaming about &mdash; buying a new car, saving up enough for a down payment on a house, or finally finishing that home improvement project &mdash; if you could just find another, say, $500 to spare in your budget each month.</p><p>We know what you're probably thinking: That sounds great in theory &mdash; but it's practically impossible to achieve. Well, that's exactly what 33-year-old psychotherapist and Ph.D. candidate Lanada Williams is striving to do.</p><p>Williams wants to save up to buy a house in Washington...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jane BianchiMon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:00 -04007 ideas from ancient thinkers that will improve your modern life<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The modern world has brought us a lot of great stuff. (I, for one, am a <em>huge</em> fan of antibiotics.)</p><p>That said, we know there are things that were better in the past, ideas we can learn from or reclaim.</p><p>What's interesting is recently science and experts have validated many of the lessons ancient thinkers knew but could not prove.</p><p>Here are seven new ideas from the old world that can make your life better:</p><p><strong>1) Community is vital</strong></p><p>For 99 percent of human existence we lived in small tribes. We were constantly surrounded by family and friends.</p><p>Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, says...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric BarkerMon, 28 Jul 2014 09:54:00 -0400Why all drugs should be legal. (Yes, even heroin.)<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>We've come a long way since Reefer Madness. Over the past two decades, 16 states have de-criminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and 22 have legalized it for medical purposes. In November 2012, Colorado and Washington went further, legalizing marijuana under state law for recreational purposes. Public attitudes toward marijuana have also changed; in a November 2013 Gallup Poll, 58 percent of Americans supported marijuana legalization.</p><p>Yet amidst these cultural and political shifts, American attitudes and U.S. policy toward other drugs have remained static. No state has decriminalized...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jeffrey MironMon, 28 Jul 2014 09:18:00 -0400Face it, ladies: We can't all be beautiful<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Women, you are not all beautiful.</p><p class="p2">I know. That's a pretty harsh way to begin a piece about raising women's self-esteem, but I promise it is a good thing.</p><p class="p2">That we are living in an age of impossible beauty standards is a given. Between Hollywood and the fashion industry's narrow definition of beauty and the rise of Photoshop, we find ourselves in a moment when images of thin, white, full-lipped, and bright-eyed women are in unprecedented abundance. See enough of these and it is only natural for a woman to start feeling bad about the way she looks.</p><p class="p2">In response, more and more companies are attempting...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:19:00 -0400House hunting: 7 beautiful homes in Georgia<img src="" /></P><p ><br /><strong> Savannah.</strong> Built in 1920, this five-bedroom home sits on a 0.5-acre lot on Hedeman Park. Details include a gourmet kitchen, hardwood floors, ornate moldings, and a second-story covered porch.</p><p ><br /> <br />The property features gardens, mature trees, and a large arbor. $769,000. L. Gregory Waldhour, Mopper-Kelly Realtors, (912) 238-0874.</p><p ><br /><br /> **</p><p ><br /><br /> <br /><strong>Atlanta.</strong> This three-bedroom, four-bathroom residence in the St. Regis Atlanta has views of downtown. The apartment comes fully furnished and was decorated by an award-winning interior decorator.</p><p ><br /> <br />Additional details include oversize windows, a chef's kitchen with marble...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 26 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0400A stockpot designed by a rocket scientist<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1">This stockpot was designed by a rocket scientist. Literally. Tom Povey, an Oxford engineering professor who designs rocket engines, decided cookware could use a performance tweak when he was struggling to boil water while mountaineering. His Flare pans (from $85) solve the problem with aerodynamic fins that channel heat up the sides, making them 30 percent more efficient than standard pans, said Belinda Lanks at <em>Bloomberg Businessweek</em>. A three-piece set costs $256, but Povey argues that his pans pay for themselves by saving time and energy.</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 26 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0400The high fashion of 19th-century cycling<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>On the sunny and cool afternoon of June 17, 1896, a parade was held in Brooklyn celebrating the opening of the Ocean Parkway cycle path. At one p.m. sharp, the inimitable sound of ten thousand approaching bicycles filled the air. Spearheading this procession was the noted rider Charles H. Luscomb of the Thirteenth Regiment, accompanied by a military entourage of three hundred militiamen. They were swiftly followed by the uniformed personnel of more than thirty cycling clubs drawn from across the region, including the Amsterdam Wheelmen and the Ninth Ward Pioneer Corps. Next came the serried ranks...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Daniel LondonSat, 26 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0400