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Essays/Articles That Opened Your Mind

In search of nonfiction that makes you go, "Huh. Never thought of it like that before.” Suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by xenization to Media & Arts at 8:16 AM on Oct 1, 2019 - 53 answers [225 favorites]

Product recs just because

What's a product that you swear by and you would totally recommend to anyone? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind to Grab Bag at 12:12 AM on Nov 5, 2018 - 113 answers [220 favorites]

I should have done this years ago!

I'm looking for suggestions for changes in your life or home or work or whatever that seemed like small things but ended up being really impactful. Some examples within. [more inside]
posted by tocts to Grab Bag at 12:49 PM on Jun 19, 2019 - 123 answers [190 favorites]

Deliciousify my rice

I recently discovered that I love rice, as long as it’s salted or has other spices/flavors in it. What else should I add to rice, that goes in the pot directly when I’m making it, that will taste delicious? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight to Food & Drink at 10:11 AM on Mar 12, 2019 - 70 answers [136 favorites]

Equivalent to eggs and toast in other cultures?

I'm looking for things that would be new and exciting to an American like me. [more inside]
posted by lalunamel to Food & Drink at 5:42 PM on Jan 28, 2019 - 61 answers [132 favorites]

"Huh, I should do that."

What's a good habit (act of courtesy or kindness) that you picked up from someone else? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind to Human Relations at 10:59 PM on Nov 28, 2018 - 88 answers [131 favorites]

Music to make your guests think you're cool

What are the coolest cats playing to soundtrack their lives and good times? [more inside]
posted by mymbleth to Media & Arts at 4:42 AM on Jan 22, 2019 - 36 answers [128 favorites]

What are your frugality hacks?

I'm looking for simple changes that I can make to my purchasing habits to save money. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Work & Money at 6:59 AM on Jan 7, 2019 - 62 answers [126 favorites]

Does modern-day (free) Clipart exist?

Where would one find modern day clip-art? I'm looking for punchy, action-oriented, cohesive, clean, simple infographic icons that depict business process oriented action words like "send", "receive", "review", "schedule" etc. etc. This would be for use in a standard operating procedure manual. If this were the 90s I'd find something simple and halfway decent in clipart, but it looks like clippie bit the dust a while back. [more inside]
posted by seemoorglass to Computers & Internet at 11:42 AM on Sep 10, 2019 - 12 answers [126 favorites]

"Dear God do I love this [iPhone] app" - iPhone apps that bring you joy?

As a recent convert, I'm looking for the iPhone apps that you absolutely adore. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike to Technology at 8:10 AM on Jan 21, 2019 - 30 answers [125 favorites]

How were you shown you were loved as a kid?

How were you shown, as a child (up to, say 18ish), that you were loved? Besides saying “I love you,” were there things that your family (or other important adults in your life) did to show you that you were loved and appreciated? [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Human Relations at 3:16 PM on Apr 3, 2019 - 53 answers [125 favorites]

How does someone build a rich, connected, creative life?

What are your secrets to embracing life and living fully in the short time we have? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy to Human Relations at 5:51 PM on Nov 20, 2018 - 22 answers [123 favorites]

Vegetarian Showstopper Recipes

You're a skilled vegetarian cook and you don't shy away from any flavors/spices or international cuisines. What are your showstopper recipes? What do you cook that makes both vegetarians and omnivores say "wow"? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Food & Drink at 2:56 PM on Sep 29, 2019 - 33 answers [123 favorites]

Looking for gateway vegetable recipes

My mom needs to eat more vegetables but is intimidated by most of them. I’m looking for the most delicious, “see, [vegetable] isn’t scary!” recipes. [more inside]
posted by bananacabana to Food & Drink at 7:16 PM on Jul 15, 2019 - 48 answers [121 favorites]

Interesting, yet very safe for work, websites

I'm working at a temp job where I have nothing better to do most of the time than browse the internet. Can y'all give me recommendations for interesting websites? Ideally they'd be things to read, not games so I look sorta professional. I saw the Ask from 2016, which I'll check out, but maybe there's some new sites. [more inside]
posted by starlybri to Computers & Internet at 5:52 PM on Aug 16, 2019 - 25 answers [121 favorites]

Famous women you learned to like... after recognizing societal misogyny

Hole's "Celebrity Skin" came on shuffle the other day, and my knee-jerk reaction was thinking about how horribly insane Courtney Love is. But then I thought -- wait, why do I even think that? I realized society told me to think that way. So I thought... who else? [more inside]
posted by knownassociate to Society & Culture at 7:36 PM on Sep 3, 2019 - 82 answers [120 favorites]

You loved “alternative” music in the 80s. What do you listen to now?

I loved bands like Love and Rockets, The Smiths, and XTC in the 80s. If you did, too, what are you listening to now? I’m not specifically looking for things that sound just like those beloved 80s bands (although that’s OK, too). I’m just wondering what folks who have similar past loves are enjoying now.
posted by TEA to Media & Arts at 9:12 AM on Feb 23, 2019 - 39 answers [119 favorites]

Questions, asked daily, that have changed your life?

Looking to be more intentional this coming year, and while I've never been one for journaling I'd like to start by doing some very simple reflection. I think having a punch list of questions to reflect on and (optionally) do some simple journaling on would be helpful. Do you have a set of these questions? Or a simple process for reviewing your goals and personal vision/mission and sticking to them?
posted by sciencemandan to Religion & Philosophy at 7:27 AM on Dec 31, 2018 - 23 answers [116 favorites]

Entertainment for decompressing

I just realized how soothing it is to watch the Great British Baking show. There is a plot of sorts to keep me engaged, a goal that they are working toward, but there is absolutely no risk of activating my fight or flight response. The narration is soothing and pleasing to my ears, and if I zone out a little bit I won't be frustrated about what I missed. So it is a great option if my body is just at a limit of intensity or overwhelm. I'm seeking other things to watch, read and do, that offer this kind of predictable safety so I can park myself there and give my body and brain a break. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:14 PM on Sep 27, 2019 - 44 answers [115 favorites]

What household items from non-US countries should I know about?

I kick off my shoes and put on a pair of Asian-style house slippers the moment I get home; they keep my toes warm and the soles of my feet protected. I learned the art of carrying the shopping home with a "granny cart" from a brief stay in Paris, where no one goes to the store without one. What other near-ubiquitous household items from other countries should more Americans know about?
posted by capricorn to Home & Garden at 1:24 PM on Jan 14, 2019 - 47 answers [114 favorites]

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