Matthew Modine and a Story From Prague

Question: Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever worked?\r\n\r\nModine: I think the most beautiful place, city, was Prague, you know, in the Czech Republic. Just, the people were really, really interesting and the city was so filled with history, and… I really enjoyed Prague. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life while filming… We weren’t filming, but I was, I had a day off and I was riding a scooter around. It was on an island called Patmos. It’s a holy island in the Greek Islands, where Saint John the Divine was supposed to have written the Book of Apocalypse, and I went off. I got off the beaten path and was driving this little Moped down a dirt road, and I found a cove where there was a farm. There was an ancient farm. It could have easily been a thousand year old farm. A little stone house with this little Greek people with fingers that were fat as potatoes. There was fig trees and sheep and donkeys. And it was a completely self-sustaining world right there that I imagine that some of those people maybe never left that spot, that they had spent their lives working the soil and taking care of their animals, picking fruit from the trees. And in that particular moment, when I arrived there, there was this cove and there were little ships where they could go out, little boats, you know, that could go out in the sea and catch fish. So you had the soil that was fertile, the fig trees, the little people, lemon trees, and then the sun was just there, setting in the West, with the water, and it was all the elements, the sky, the earth, the sun. And I sat there on the scooter, looking at this place, and I wept. I literally just with not any desire to, just started crying about how beautiful this corner of the world was, that how simple life can be and how beautiful life can be. And astonished my…. I was astonished at how complicated we make our lives.

Matthew Modine recounts the most beautiful place he’s ever worked.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

Space toilets: How astronauts boldly go where few have gone before

A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.

  • When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
  • Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
  • Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Keep reading Show less

Steven Pinker's 13 rules for writing better

The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21: Steven Pinker speaks onstage during OZY Fest 2018 at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 21, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images for Ozy Media)
Personal Growth
  • Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
  • When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
  • Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
Keep reading Show less

Can the keto diet help treat depression? Here’s what the science says so far

A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.

Public Domain
Mind & Brain
  • The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
  • Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
  • Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
Keep reading Show less