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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Lantst lle vase pendant

Materials: LANTST LLE vase, DIMMA dimmer kit, swag chain, cord kit, Squirrel cage lightbulbs Description: I really like the look of the old edison bulbs in glass pendant lamps, but didn't want to spend a million dollars on buying two of them for my dining area, so I came up with this hack, using Lantst lle vases (They were in the seasonal tent for spring 2011, but aren't in the online catalog ye

Freelance Freedom #205: Memorable Invoicing

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How to Build a Better Budget

This article on building a better budget is the written version of a workshop I gave last week at a local public library. It refines material from several past posts on the subject. If I’d planned ahead, I could have used this for Financial Literacy Month in April. “A budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.” ~ John C.

4 Ways to Unlock Nature’s Secret for Limitless Growth

The large, maple tree that shades our house disperses whirly, helicopter seeds. From these seeds, trees grow almost anywhere, amongst flowers and between grape vines. Trees even weave in and out of metal fencing. Have you ever noticed how trees grow in spite of limits? A tree makes space for its roots and leaves, changing directions as needed.

The Art of Conversation: How to Avoid Conversational Narcissism

Last month I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in forever to have lunch. Having both read and written about how to be an effective and charismatic conversationalist, I followed the old dictum of listening more than talking and asking the other person engaging questions about themselves. This is supposed to charm your conversation partner.

Required Reading: Techno Life Skills, 50 Things, Realistic Optimism & Radiolab

A roundup of tips on navigating the techno-landscape, 50 things every idea maker should know, a behind-the-scenes on Radiolab's creative process, and more.

Review: Be CentsAble

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. I like reading frugality tips from lots of different authors. Not only do I learn some new tips, but I often find that the specifics of implementing an idea vary from person to person.

Making Today Your Masterpiece

As I’ve mentioned a few times on The Simple Dollar, one of the few heroes I have is John Wooden, the former basketball coach at UCLA in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. I could tell you many things about him, but A few years ago, I wrote about how John Wooden had taught me a lot about personal finance and over the years, I’ve read his books and many of interviews he’d given.

This week previously: 1 - 7 May 2007

Tertial chandelier: Inspired from the set of the "Revenge of the Mutant Spiders" or "Honey I blew up the bug". Lacy lamps: Lace is back and getting worldwide attention. This hack a pale comparison, no doubt, but it seems apt. Ice cube desk tray organizer: Cute, easy organizer to keep the knick knacks away.

Linkswitch #66, Crafting Headlines, Saying No, Start a Conversation

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Reader Story: Paying Attention and Taking Action

This guest post from Jackie is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Four Steps To Tap Into The Power Of Fear

Fear is something you probably avoid at all costs. If you’re nervous in elevators, you might take the stairs. If you’re afraid of heights, you probably wouldn’t go on a skiing vacation. And if you’re scared of the ocean, the beach is most likely not on your list of hot spots is it? What does it really cost you to try to live without fear? If you’re a

Lack Lazy Susan Coffee Table

Materials: Lack Side Table Legs and Lazy Susan Table Tops Description: This creation was inspired by the 24 left over Lack Side Table legs I had after I created a headboard for my King size bed (See the post entitled "Headboard fit for a King-sized bed" for more details on that project). This table took a couple of sequential steps before finally assembling each piece to form the final table.

An Emergency Fund Is More Than Just Money

I often talk about emergency funds and how useful they are here on The Simple Dollar. Here’s a quick summary of them, for people new to the site. An emergency fund is a pool of money you can easily access to take care of short-term problems in your life, such as a car repair or paying bills during a short unemployment period.

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #17

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Initiative Our youngest son isn’t quite a year old yet. He recently mastered crawling.