“A Local hangout—a Pub, a Park, a Coffee Shop—Is As Important to Health As a Doctor or Therapist.”

November 2, 2019

Interview: Bob Sullivan Bob Sullivan and I have been friends for years, through the “Invisible Institute,” a terrific writers’ group to which we both belong. He’s a veteran journalist and the author of five books, including the New York Times bestsellers, Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. He’s won many awards, such as the Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award, a Peabody award, and the Consumer Federation of America Betty…


Matthew McConaughey Is Now A Full-Time Professor At University Of Texas

August 30, 2019

PA/Paramount Pictures Alright, alright, alright – Matthew McConaughey is now a professor at the University of Texas.  The Academy Award-winning actor has been appointed as a professor of practice at the Moody College of Communication, starting this fall. The institution announced the star-hire in a tweet, saying it’s ‘in recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in student success’. In recognition of his professional pedigree and personal investment in…


How To Shoot Dreamy Backlit Portraits With Natural Light

July 26, 2019

Lisa Holloway is an internationally-published, award-winning fine art portrait photographer from rural Northwestern Arizona. A Canon girl since Day One, Lisa is self-taught and works exclusively with natural light.  She has been in the portraiture business, photographing clients in the Las Vegas metro area since 2008.  When Lisa is not pursuing her photography interests, she loves the outdoors, road trips, cooking, thunderstorms, and spending time with her husband and 10 children….


Schoolkids In Vietnam Village Ferried Across River In Plastic Bags To Get To School

July 13, 2019

Where I’m from, we would get to stay home from school when the temperature hit 40°C. We would eagerly follow the weather in early and late summer, praying for a heatwave because we didn’t really value school that much and would much rather hang out at the river or local pool. We knew we’d be fine either way. However, for these kids in Huoi Ha, a remote village in Dien Bien province,…


35 mobile photography tips for taking better smartphone shots

May 9, 2019

Originally published: Feb. 12, 2015; updated / re-published May 7, 2019 Main photo credit: Sigrid Buene At 500px, we firmly believe that your tools are just that—tools. Whether you shoot with a Canon 5DS R or an old iPhone 5s, a great photographer can make beautiful photos using any device capable of capturing images. Now, let’s get practical. Want to take better photos with your smartphone? Great! We asked four…