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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Muralist

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, published 2015. Talk about timing. An important look at two world-changing topics: the refugees of pre-war WWII trying to enter the United States and the budding American school of Abstract Expressionism. A strange combination, you’re thinking, but not so according to the beautiful piece of historical fiction B.A. Shapiro paints. …

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How To Help A Person In Pain

You can’t assume you know what’s going on but you can find a compassionate way to ask. Don’t start sentences with “you”—it puts people on the defensive. So rather than “You’ve been different lately,” say “I notice you’re more tearful, more angry. Is this something you want to talk about?” And if so, tell her how …

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11 Ways To Boost Your Self-Esteem In Less Than An Hour

If you have… 1 second: Sit up straight. Research suggests that people with good posture have more confidence in their thoughts than slouchers. 2 seconds: Practice Good Scents. One study found that women felt more confident in social, business and romantic situations when wearing perfume. 3 seconds: Knock Wood. Psychologists have shown that embracing superstitions …