The Price of Music Lessons Is the Best Covid-19 Investment For Kids

Let’s hear it for the children.

Photographer: Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The/Denver Post

When I was about eight years old, an uncle gave me his old folk guitar after a schoolteacher started offering after-class lessons. Thus began a lifelong love affair with making music.

I’d argue every parent should consider investing in music lessons for their offspring. Learning to play an instrument doesn’t just give kids an opportunity to engage in an artistic pursuit and pursue a hobby they can enjoy alone or with others; a growing body of academic literature suggests it may also make them smarter.

I can attest to the fun

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6 Important Lessons I Learned When Selling My Own Home

Thinking of selling your own home? Read this first to get some tips from my experiences.

I’ve sold a home myself on three separate occasions over the past 10 years. Each time was a learning experience, and each time I got a little better at the process. Without a realtor to help, there were some challenges I had to overcome on my own.

If you’re considering selling your own home, here are a few key things that could make the process easier.

1. Listing on the MLS is essential

The key to successfully selling a home is to get it in front of as many buyers as possible. In order to do that, it has to be on the Multiple Listing Service, or MLS. This is a huge database of homes that the majority of buyers rely on.

The catch is that only realtors can list on the MLS. But

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9 (Kinda) Hilarious Lessons From My 99 Days on a COVID Ventilator

Courtesy Laura Lyons
Courtesy Laura Lyons

Well, folks, I caught the COVID. And not just any type of COVID, mind you. The really scary kind. The kind that kills people. But somehow, after 99 days in a medically induced coma in ICU on a mechanical ventilator, I lived to tell uncomfortable jokes about it. Luckily, dark humor is kind of my thing.

Let’s rewind the tape to when this grease fire of a year kicked off. It was late February, and I was a 31-year-old comedian struggling to pay rent on my shoebox Manhattan apartment. While visiting my parents in Massachusetts, I developed flu-like symptoms and ended up testing positive for COVID-19. Despite having no pre-existing conditions, I landed in the ICU on a ventilator before being airlifted to a second hospital for a 99-day catnap powered by modern medicine.

As it turns out, a person like me can learn a lot from

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Lessons From New York City’s School-Reopening Fiasco

(Bloomberg Opinion) — New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, and the largest public school district planning to begin at least some in-person instruction, has botched its reopening plans for the fall. Its mistakes are a cautionary tale for school systems across the U.S. that are struggling to balance the benefits of resuming their educational programs against the risks of spreading Covid-19.

Piecemeal planning and poor communication by the New York City education department prompted pleas from dozens of principals, districts and community councils to push back the opening date, and, finally, provoked the threat of a teachers’ strike. Mayor Bill de Blasio and the United Federation of Teachers eventually agreed to a delayed reopening, buying teachers about a week of planning time for what in most schools will be a mix of in-person and online education.

New York’s size and density make its challenges unusual,

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I thought the Apocalypse would involve fewer Zoom meetings and more lava. Lessons of 2020

In "Sleepy Hollow," it was the headless horseman that jump-started the apocalypse <span class="copyright">(Fred Norris / Fox)</span>
In “Sleepy Hollow,” it was the headless horseman that jump-started the apocalypse (Fred Norris / Fox)

I recently found myself Googling the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, because, you know, it just seemed like the responsible thing to do.

As a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, horror and the New Testament, I am reasonably familiar with the Book of Revelation — I watched the entire run of “Sleepy Hollow,” and I think I would remember if, say, “remote learning” was one of the horsemen — and while I’ve never been a big fan of John’s prophesy (so much violence, so little character development), these are strange days, and it never hurts to check in. (For the record, the letter to the seven churches of Asia makes no mention of online education whatsoever.)

I think it was an image of the lightning storm setting off the deadly fires in Northern California that

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10 fat loss lessons a personal trainer learned throughout her 8-year fitness journey

Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now. 

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Anjuli Mack in 2014, 2019, and now.
  • Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer, former bikini competitor, and influencer based in Auckland, New Zealand.

  • She has been on a “rollercoaster” fitness journey, through fad diets, extreme cardio, over-restriction, and bingeing, and her weight has fluctuated by 22 pounds as a result.

  • Mack is now “all about being healthy, balanced, and happy,” she told Insider.

  • In a YouTube video, she highlighted the 10 main lessons she wishes she’d known when setting out on her fitness journey eight years ago.

  • Mack explained each lesson — like how quick weight loss fixes never work, and you can’t spot reduce fat — to Insider

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Anjuli Mack is a personal trainer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who inspires her 141,000 Instagram followers with her workouts, recipes, and healthy fat loss tips.

The 26-year-old

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6 Great Recession lessons that still apply

The Great Recession demolished jobs across the U.S., and it eventually came for mine, too. After graduating in 2009, I worked four months as an entry-level executive assistant at a nonprofit before being laid off.

I had limited financial knowledge, a short work history and a lot to prove to break into the field of journalism, my ultimate goal. Along the way, I picked up valuable lessons that might help you manage your finances during the coronavirus-related recession.


My short work history disqualified me from receiving unemployment benefits, so I relied on my savings account. Even a small emergency fund of $500 can prevent you from falling into debt, and I had socked away enough to cover a few months of expenses.

If you’re still employed, “pay yourself first,” said Samuel Deane, a financial planner at Deane Financial in New York. “Even if it’s $20

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7 lead generation lessons we learned by creating a Facebook quiz

Did you know we have an online event about digital marketing coming up? Join the Re:Brand track at TNW2020 to explore the latest brand marketing tech, trends, and challenges. Alex Antolino, the Creative Director at Typeform, will be sharing powerful branding insights and actionable strategies on how to build meaningful brands that lead to business growth.

“Dogfooding.” What’s that all about?

The first time I heard that term was last year when we, the Marketing team, were planning for the quarter. We had a company goal of promoting lead generation through quizzes, a popular use of our product. So to better understand the opportunities and pains of other marketers, we decided to go through the process ourselves. Hence, eating our own dog food.

So we created a quiz on marketing trends in 2020. You can give it a go here:

The lead gen part comes in at the end. The

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Pandemic delivers first crisis lessons to Southeast Asia’s Grab

By Aradhana Aravindan and Anshuman Daga

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – In the early weeks of the coronavirus outbreak, Anthony Tan, the CEO of Southeast Asia’s biggest ride-hailing firm, recalls how he mistook the infection to be a China-only problem, similar to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in 2003.

As COVID-19 turned into a pandemic, sending markets into a tailspin, the 38-year-old sought advice from titans among his investors including Softbank’s Masayoshi Son and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

The message was clear. No one knew how long the crisis would last or how deep it would be. Tan, who co-founded Grab in 2012 with fellow Harvard Business School alumni Tan Hooi Lin, learnt he had to set thresholds and make decisive moves, even if they were unpopular.

“There’s no more debate, it’s just execution,” he said.

In June, the Singapore-based company laid off around 360 employees, just under 5% of its headcount, after

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Miami public schools return to online learning. What lessons were learned from spring?

Reopening Miami-Dade public schools began as a game of “ifs.”

If positive cases trend downward for 14 days. If testing for asymptomatic minors becomes widely available and expeditious. If at least 25% of a school’s student body opts to stay home, then the rest can go to the schoolhouse.

But as students, parents and teachers approach the first day of school — now Aug. 31 for Miami-Dade — there is finally more clarity on what school will look like. School will be remote and online until at least Oct. 5.

For at least a dozen districts around the state, including Miami-Dade, even the first day of school became another “if.” Start dates have been pushed back and some districts have conceded that virtual learning will take place for the first few weeks. Miami-Dade pushed its first day of school from Aug. 19 to Aug. 24 and then to Aug. 31

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