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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

Fiction Or Nonfiction: Who Cares?

The world of books, it seems, is divided at the top into two categories, fiction and nonfictionBut, as both a reader and an author, I don’t experience books that way and I don’t separate what I desire to write that way.I do, however, have my own divide.

New-ish dining room table

Materials: Capita Description: Finally got around to "remaking" the dining room table. The top is from the old table...the cart was bought on Craigslist. The Capita braces are from IKEA. Here is the link to the project. ~ Wan Chi Lau

Christmas Eve Manvotional 2010

While traveling in France, author William J. Lederer was so touched by the actions of an American Navy Sailor on Christmas Eve that he sent the following letter to the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C, Admiral David L. McDonald. Admiral David L.

Embellished trays to serve holiday cheers

These are trays that I filled with various items, pasta, seashells, stones and then I "drown" them with epoxy resin. ~ Teresa, Italy

Out With The Old, In With The New: Maximize Your Car’s Fuel Efficiency

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 23. Maximize your car’s fuel efficiency. Over the last five years, we’ve put an average of 20,000 miles a year (combined) on our vehicles.

All I Want for Christmas

This has been the most Christmas-y Christmas season I can remember in a long time. Usually Kris and I downplay the holiday. I know that Christmas is important for many people, but there are other holidays (like Thanksgiving) that we value more. This year, however, we seem to have some of that old-time Christmas spirit, and I like it. What makes this year different?

10 Speed Bumps On The Road To A Better Life

Let's be honest, we all want more in life. We want more money, more freedom, more peace, and more time. In a perfect world, we would have all these things and more, but that's just not how it happens.Life has a way of becoming filled with "stuff".

Fixing the PAX Sliding Door

Materials: Pax Description: I wanted to share my hack because I thought it might give a few people with broken panels in their sliding doors hope. In efforts to save money on my wardrobe, I purchased my PAX used off of Craigslist.

Vote for your favorite Zen Habits posts of 2010

Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s that time of year when we look back and reflect. I usually pick my top posts of the year to share with those who missed them, but this year I thought I’d let you guys pick. I no longer keep stats on Zen Habits so I don’t know which posts have been the most popular.

What Is The ROI Of Being You?

How much are you worth? Who gets incredible value from being a part of your life?

Improving your odds at keeping New Year’s resolutions

Sue Shellenbarger, the work and family columnist for the Wall Street Journal, yesterday wrote “Steps to New Year’s Resolution Success” detailing the science behind keeping resolutions. Great advice begins right at the beginning of the article: When setting a resolution, simply deciding to change your behavior may work for a while.

Reader Mailbag: Family and Friends

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Pets, roommates, and repair costs 2. Gift receipts 3. Why get married? 4. Lonely Christmas 5. College athletic compensation 6. Preparing for a layoff 7. Why Christmas? 8. Diversifying retirement savings 9.

Last Minute Tax Steps for 2010

credit: David Reber's Hammer Photography on Flickr With 2011 just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about closing out the books on this year. You might be considering what you need to get your taxes done and generally start the year off right.

Wall art: My IKEA hack

Buy a HULTET bamboo dish 45cm. Cover it with golden acrylic paint, front and back. Look for a picture or a drawing of a hibiscus flower you like put it in the size you like and print it out, then cut it out trace it on the dish. Look for tendrils samples you like, or draw the lines freehand on the dish. Fill in the black background with acrylic paint. For the tendrils, you need 3D glue for foils

Pay It Forward (How to Make More of a Difference Than You Ever Thought Possible)

What would YOU do for someone you loved? I’d do just about anything. It’s true – in fact it’s my greatest weakness. I struggle to set boundaries. I put myself last. And quite frankly, I enjoy ignoring my own untended messes in order to help others clean theirs, leaving my own life in occasional (okay, steady) disarray. But guess what?