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By Jonathan Fields

“Have You Heard It? Can You Remember?”

“The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and sea weed, and the smell of the sea, and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking forever and ever on the beach. And, oh, the cry of the sea gulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?” — C. S.

How to Split Wood [VIDEO]

Winter is coming. If you’ve got a fireplace or a wood burning stove, you’ll need to start splitting wood so those logs will fit in your respective stove or fireplace. Plus it makes for a heck of a workout; as Henry Ford said, “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.” Though with all due respect to Mr. Ford, you don’t chop logs, you split them.

Best Credit Report Site of 2014

The Simple Dollar team and I dedicated an extensive amount of time researching credit reporting agencies, credit sites, consumer reviews, national surveys, and other published research to determine the best credit report sites that suit a variety of individual needs and life circumstances. When you’re choosing which credit monitoring company is the best fit for you, there are several factors tha

Art of Manliness Store Giveaway

If you didn’t know, we have a store where we sell our books and some Art of Manliness inspired tees, posters, and accessories like our famous coffee mug and pocket knife. We’ve recently added some kid’s tees for your little men in the making, as well as a sharp looking lapel pin and tie bar. They make great gifts for the men in your life or for yourself.

Hacking Six Normal Life Routines to Save Time and Money

In my experience, many of the truly useful frugal tactics come about from little tweaks to one’s daily routine. If you can look at something that you do almost every day and find some little way to shave a minute off of it, you’ve saved more than six hours over the course of a year.

Art of Manliness Podcast #85: Situational Awareness With Patrick Van Horne

The Marine Combat Hunter Program was developed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars to give soldiers tools on how to detect threats before they happen. The goal is to make Marines as situationally aware as possible so they can not just survive, but also win lethal encounters. In their new book, Left of Bang, Patrick Van Horne and Jason A.

Outfitted & Equipped: Working in My Blacksmith Shop

This post is brought to you by Steam Horse Dry Goods. Check out their line of durable,long-lasting workwear inspired by vintage patterns. All Steam Horse Dry Goods clothing is sewn in the USA. What’s this? How does Outfitted & Equipped work? The FAQ. Blacksmithing demands specific qualities and characteristics of clothing.

Weekend Project: Rope Jar Lanterns

Materials: BURKEN glass jar Ikea storage jars can be easily transformed with rope and fabric detailing to create lantern jars for a coastal look. With jute rope and strong glue, I wrapped the bottom third of the jar and then added a round of the rope to the top: with further rope, I created a handle with fabric detail: …and added loops to the handle to attach to the top with metal hoops

Hackers Help: Do you know the name of this IKEA arm chair /single sofa from 1999?

I am trying for a while to find out what is the name of an arm chair/single sofa I bought in about 1999.  I searched online, in forums, Ikea fans etc, but could not find an answer.

Tray & Cutting Board storage

Materials: AKURUM cabinet, RATIONELL tray divider Nothing too complicated: I bought a pair of RATIONELL tray dividers keep the trays and cutting boards vertical in an AKURUM cabinet.

How Do The Rich Pay Lower Taxes? And How Can You Do It?

Erin wrote in with a wonderful question that I started to address in Monday’s reader mailbag, but the answer quickly escalated into many, many paragraphs. Here’s her question: I don’t understand how billionaires who bring in millions a year can pay less in taxes than someone working hard at a job and making $50K a year.

How Not To Network

I spent the better part of an afternoon recently having a conversation with someone on my Southwest flight back home. Like many of us who travel frequently, I was bored, restless and looking for something to occupy my time. Keep in mind, the battery on my iPAD was dead and I was looking around aimlessly for some sort of intellectual stimulation.

Easy X-shelf for EXPEDIT bar

Materials: EXPEDIT / KALLAX I have limited tools for woodworking, and wanted to construct a wine rack for my EXPEDIT. I looked at the available project ideas, and it involved using a table saw, that I am afraid to use because I need my fingers With my miter saw, I was able to accomplish it!

Ask the Readers: How much does a creative costume cost to make?

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Whenever I’ve purchased a pre-packaged Halloween costume, I’ve usually been disappointed. They rarely fit and the material and accessories are chintzy. But I take my hat off for the clever people that make their own costumes. Extra points if it’s hilarious. Year after year, these people seem to out-do themselves. I don’t know how they do it!

5 Daily Actions You Can Take To Cut Down Stress

"Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one." - Hans Selye Stress can affect us all In a number of ways If we're not too careful. Too much stress can influence - High blood pressure. Heart disease. Chest pain. Irregular heart beat. And It's linked to a large amount of death related diseases like Cancer.