A lingering look. A coy smile. Standing just a bit too close. An accidental brush. How do you flirt?
I've only been to Disney World once. A few years ago, S and I went for the first time and while I may go back, I'm definitely still recovering. Disney marketing isn't kidding when they say it's the happiest/most magical place on earth—it's intense...
Okay, love is too strong a strong word. I've never quite gotten over the smell of paper and the comforting heft of a much-loved tome, but I'm not quite the reluctant adopter I was a year ago...
Laundry becomes important because having clean clothes is a sign of social status. It places you within the boundaries of being socially acceptable.
Fifty years ago, smoking was a matter of preference. (Didn't all the cool kids do it?) Today it's a vice. Smoking has been moralized; and it has gained a heavy social value that we use to judge smokers and leverage to try alter their behavior...
The hustle and bustle that characterizes this space is more than a chaotic scramble to get somewhere, however: Grand Central Station represents an early exercise in New York City's history to contain and tame the Crowd...
Have you Liked anything today? A year ago, I wrote about the psychology behind Liking, noting that Liking a status update on Facebook could help reinforce relationships and Liking articles and media on the web could help build online reputations Liking shows that we're paying attention, and allows us to be recognized as a participant within our networks—regardless of the degree of connectivity we share with others...
What story would your medicine cabinet tell about you?
Does your local library offer e-books for loan? It might. But if you aren't sure, you aren't alone: According to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 12% of e-book readers have actually borrowed an e-book from their local library...
Stamps have a national history as well as a personal one.
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