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Today Is the Day

Today is the day to tell your wife that you love her. Today is the day to call your mother and chat with her for an hour. Today is the day to send your dad a note. Today is the day to get in touch with that friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Today is the day to call up a special person and set up a date. Today is the day to stop by your grandmother’s house with a sack full of gro

Best of Personal Finance Roundup: How to Sew a Button On Correctly

By Linsey Knerl Welcome to Wise Bread's Best of Personal Finance roundup. Today, we give you the skills to sew on a button, kill some cockroaches, or make a better breakfast! Top 5 Articles How to Sew a Button On Correctly — This should be a no-brainer, but I never really learned this skill. Get the easy-peasy directions to keep you buttoned up tight.

The Extraordinary Happiness of Completing a Project: "Four to Llewelyn’s Edge." Also, the Weekly Video.

For almost two years, one of my best friends and I have worked on an enormous project together. How did it begin? A few years ago, after my children’s literature reading group read Peter Pan, I became very interested in J. M. Barrie, and I read Andrew Birkin’s terrific biography, J. M. Barrie and the Lost Boys.

How To Become A Power User Of Your Brain: Part 2

Image courtesy of ThreadingWater Silencing incessant mental chatter (or ‘mind chatter’ in short) is similar to the way we make darkness disappear in a dark room. We can dispel the darkness with light. Likewise, we can silence mental chatter with mindfulness and concentration. When we turn on the light, the darkness disappears.

Why You Might NOT Want To Be Like Gary Vee

I am a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk. If you've never heard of him, he became famous for his online TV show, Wine Library TV, in which he brings wine tasting to the masses. Rather than being uppity and condescending, Gary's everyman style is down-to-earth, passionate, and fun. He's been known to compare wine to various breakfast cereals, candy, and even dirt occasionally.

10 Timesavers for Office Workers

If you work in a traditional office, you need specific strategies to help you make the most of your time.  This post looks at a number of simple things you can do to save time at work. Most people can easily free up another 15 minutes per day, simply by following a few of these strategies.

Want Free HBO or Showtime? Just Ask.

By Paul Michael Premium channels come with premium prices. Usually, between $10 and $20 a month, depending on the channel and your cable/satellite company. But here's something that applies across the board. They're usually available for free. I used to be employed by one of the big premium channels, and I can tell you right now that there are ALWAYS deals going on.

More mindful, less clutter

Have you ever been on a road trip, driving down a long stretch of highway, and suddenly become mindful of where you are and what you’re doing? You don’t know where the last few minutes went, but you are instantly aware that you had zoned out for awhile.

Cleaning and Chinese New Year

I was recently inspired during the days before Chinese New Year (which started on February 14) to clean the entire house and do some necessary baby proofing in the process. It is a custom in China to thoroughly clean your home before New Year’s Eve to get rid of the bad luck of the previous year. It’s similar to the “out with the old, in with the new” idea many in the U.S.

Reader Mailbag: Bad Loans and Bad Yeast

It’s Monday morning… that means it’s time for another reader mailbag! My girlfriend bought a 2006 Chevy Cobalt in March 2009 because she wanted dependability and good gas mileage. She has put 31000 miles on it since then. She wants to settle down near school and doesn’t need the car anymore/can’t afford the insurance that goes with it.

Doing Great Work With Michael Bungay Stanier

Box of Crayons founder, Michael Bungay Stanier, has a pretty awesome job… He goes into companies and teaches people how to do great work. Not good work, but great, butterfly in the stomach, soaring with delight, serving the world in a powerful way work.

Freelance Freedom #144

Super easy kid's table hack

Nicole cuts the Ingo down to size for her kids. "We really wanted a kid's art table, but we werent satisfied with the kids tables sold at Ikea... way too small for 2 kids plus art supplies. Instead, we sawed the legs down on a cheap Ingo table to coffee table height...which is perfect height for the Ikea kiddie chairs. We painted it with oil based semi gloss for a durable finish.

Online Tools for Mindful Consumerism

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. For many people, mindful consumerism starts with questioning the desire to buy Stuff. The reason might be to save money or avoid clutter — maybe both. It’s the first part of a journey to differentiate needs from wants and make mindful decisions about where to spend our hard-earned money. But at some point, most of us will consume.

8 Interesting (And Insane) Male Rites of Passages From Around the World

At the heart of the modern crisis of manhood is the extension of adolescence, a boyhood which is stretching on for a longer and longer period of time. Once thought to end in a man’s 20s at the latest, men are extending their adolescence into their 30’s and in some especially sad cases, their 40’s. But in some ways it’s not their fault.