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Mindful : August 2014
20 mindful August 2014 Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy faced criticism for missing games to attend the birth of his child. One sports announcer sug- gested Murphy’s wife should have scheduled a C-sec tion so to not inconvenience her husband and deny the team his presence on the field. “Valar Morghulis” in Game of Thrones-speak means, “All men must die.” A Belgian math teacher who read the books knows who will die. He threatened unruly students with spoilers unless they behaved. Things have gotten quiet in class, what with an ample supply of characters approaching their expiration date. The Brazilian govern- ment has given citizens something new to chew on. The latest nutrition guidelines ask people to consider how they eat as well as what they eat, including directives like “pay attention to your food” and “eat with others whenever possible.” Finally, a way to pro- tect your dog’s mod- esty: Rear Gear! Playful covers conceal Fluffy’s offending bum-hole with a cheeky cupcake, disco ball, or smiley face. We wonder if the many happy customers have taken into account the inevitable cleaning needs of Rear Gear. A 19th-century replica of a famous Greco-Ro- man sculpture in Milan, Italy found itself sud- denly legless after an unsolicited photo-op with a visiting student. The klut zy kid repor ted- ly broke off the statue’s limb when he climbed into its lap to take a selfie. Bored with blathering news anchors? You might want to flip to Slow T V, popular in Norway and on its way to America. It offers a change of pace with series like a “sheep- to-sweater” knitting marathon, and a Big Brother-style reality show where a group of birds share a bird- house. (The drama’s in the pecking order.) Feel more generous with vino? In Poland, the Red Cross partnered with restaurants to offer diners an easy way to make donations. If people cross cutlery over their finished plate, 1.50 Euros is added to their bill to feed hungry children. The program increased donations by 65 percent. Can’t get enough of that classic deodorant roll-on motion? Now you can add more smooth-spreading fun to your morning toast with the Butter Stick. Invented in Japan, the Butter Stick is per fect for those with no clean knives or a phobia of foil wrapping. Up next: peanut butter spray. (Kidding, we hope.) ● By 2020, it’s believed there will be 1.2 million fewer cars on American roads, due in par t to car-sharing services that save drivers the trouble of gas, leases, car loans, insurance, and parking expenses. It’s worth getting revved up about: There are already 500,000 fewer vehicles on city streets. Madonna was banned from Alamo Drafthouse Movie Theaters after she repeatedly texted through 12 Years a Slave, despite the cin- ema’s no texting rule. Apparently, a man’s real-life struggles with injustice and slavery can’t grab the attention of the Material Girl. Mindful–Mindless Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not mindlessmindful now Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon Suggestions for Mindful–Mindless? Send them to