Slice of Life

8 Books With Simple Truths to Remember All Year Long

(Hachette Books)
(Hachette Books)

At the beginning of a new year, I like to review the past year and think about positive things in my life that I might...




  • Ben Hooper began his four-month journey on Sunday, leaving from Senegal's coast. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ben Hooper Begins Swim Across Atlantic Ocean (Video)

    Almost 2,000 miles separate Ben Hooper and history. After years of training, the 38-year-old Brit began his swim across the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday.  If... Read more

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    Soaking in the Wonder of the Emerging Moment

    Lately I’ve been using the image of an empty cup to find a more peaceful state of mind. One of the most peaceful, meditative states... Read more

  • Toby Peach relives the moments when he was diagnosed with cancer twice, at 19 and 21, in his solo show “The Eulogy of Toby Peach” that he recently performed in the West End, London.
(Courtesy Toby Peach/(c)Richard Davenport)

    Facing Mortality: Cancer Is a Personal Journey

    There are few things more terrifying in life than cancer: when your cells malfunction and gang up on you, when you lose your hair through... Read more

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    Gratitude to Cure the Impulse to Buy More Stuff

    It’s funny that two days with such opposing spirits come back-to-back in our calendars here in the United States: Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. One... Read more

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    New Study Suggets Selfie ‘Lurking’ Could Lower Self-Esteem

    People who spend a lot of time looking at selfies on Facebook and other social media sites may have low self-esteem and feel less satisfied... Read more

  • Technological inventions have made life easier around the home and have meant fewer and fewer chores for the kids. (shutterstock)

    ‘It’s All About Me, Me, Me!’ Why Children Are Spending Less Time Doing Household Chores

    In August, Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison warned that “Australia has a generation growing up expecting government handouts.” Researchers have labeled this the “Me Generation.” Some... Read more

  • Officer Chase Miller is credited with saving the life of 3-year-old Brayden Geis, to the relief of his parents (L) Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award on Oct. 18. (Twitter/City of Grandbury)

    Texas Officer Saves 3-Year-old Who Suddenly Stopped Breathing

    A Texas family says their 3-year-old son would not be alive today if it were not for the actions of one local police officer. John Geis, Bethany... Read more

  • A series of strange white cross-like formations can be spotted above a section of Arizona desert, and an investigation has revealed that they were part of a secret project by the U.S. military to spy on enemy territory during the Cold War. (AOL Screenshot)

    Unraveling the Mystery Behind Strange White Crosses in Arizona Desert (Video)

    Nearly 12 years ago, a pilot was flying a small plane when she saw a strange formation in a section of a desert in Arizona... Read more

  • A home in Vashon Island, Wash., featured in the book "Prefabulous Small Houses" by Sheri Koones. The Vashon Island house, built with structural insulated panels and a timber frame was designed by FabCab and is 1,750 square feet. (Dr. Dale Christopher Lang via AP)

    Author Turns Focus on ‘Prefabulous’ Small Homes

    Author Sheri Koones believes that prefab houses (or “prefabulous,” as she calls them) are the homes of the future. She’s written five books about them... Read more

  • Claire Olsen's grandson called Papa John's to deliver pizza to her Palm Coast, Florida, home as a way to conduct a wellness check on her after Hurricane Matthew on Oct. 9. (WFTV)

    Family Sends Pizza Deliveryman to Conduct Wellness Check on Grandma After Hurricane

    A pizza deliveryman brought more than a pepperoni pie to one Florida grandmother—he delivered a sigh of relief to her family nearly 1,700 miles away. As Floridians... Read more

  • The sunny Dickie Fitz restaurant in Fitzrovia London offers contemporary Australian cuisine. (Courtesy Dickie Fitz)

    Australian Chefs Bring Fresh Flavour Fusions to London

    LONDON—The flavours of the Mediterranean or the tastes of Asia often burst through dishes that are cooked the contemporary Australian way. It’s another fusion food... Read more

  • Button and Ferby. (Courtesy of Walter Rue)

    Celebrating Outdoor Cats

    When I was a young woman many years ago, one Mother’s Day I was feeling particularly lonely. My mother had died a few years before... Read more

  • (Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Fitbit)

    What We’ve Suspected About Fitbits All Along Is True

    Wearing a fitness tracker may help you keep tabs on how many steps you take, but the devices themselves – even with the lure of... Read more

  • (halfthrottle/Reddit)

    Dad Charged $40 To Hold Baby, Highlights Childbirth Costs in US

    A detailed, itemized medical bill of a Caesarean section delivery for one family highlights the miscellaneous cost of childbirth in the United States. Reddit user... Read more

  • The Benicia Police Department purchased a bicycle for Jordan Duncan who walked eight miles to work everyday. (Facebook/ The Benicia Police Department)

    California Police Buy Bicycle for Teen Who Walked a 5-Hour Daily Commute

    A California Police Association collectively raised money to purchase a bicycle for a teenager who has been trekking eight miles to work everyday. Corporal Kirk... Read more

  • William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created. (AOL Screenshot)

    9-Year-Old Boy Graduates High School and Starts College (Video)

    William Maillis graduated from high school and is now a college student already working on his own theories of how the universe was created.…... Read more

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