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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

7 Life Changing Lessons You Can Learn from Mark Twain

in 1871, Mark Twain was born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He was a writer, and lecturer. He was called the “greatest American humorist of his age.” He wrote the now classic novels, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.He wrote some great stuff that is still read by millions today.

The Quickest Way to Radically Improve Your Life: Use Radical Change

What do the iPad, the band Nirvana, and the Fosbury Flop have to do with your professional and personal well-being? They certainly don’t represent anything just a little different or just a little better. They all represented radical change — they operated, sounded and looked completely different than anything that came before them.

Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi Shoe Care: Spring 2011

Last fall, we partnered with KIWI Shoe Care for our first ever Shoe Shine Saturday photo contest. We had so much fun with it that we decided to do it again! Shoe Shine Saturday is about reviving the manly tradition of the monthly Saturday shoe shine.

Your Emails are Too Long

‘If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.’ ~David Belasco Post written by Leo Babauta. One of the worst problems I’ve seen when people send me emails is amazingly common: they’re way too long. I’m a fairly busy guy, but who isn’t busy?

Ikea fruitbowl lamp

Materials: IKEA STOCKHOLM bowl Description: Last year we redid the bathroom and toilets, and that included the corridor upstairs, which got a place for 3 wall lamps, instead of the hanging lamp that did not illuminate much. So we spent lots of time looking for lamps (more than 6 months) and never found anything we liked.

Dinner With My Family #11: Enchiladas, Vegan or Otherwise

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Several people have emailed me recently, asking why I’m vegan. It’s not political at all.

This is just a test!

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Start A Vacation.

It's Friday afternoon, and I just said to myself, "Zoikes, I'd better write my post for today! The day is further along than I thought. And I won't be posting for the next week, because of vacation, so today's post had better be good." Then I had a thought: "Wait, what if I decided to declare that my vacation begins now, today?" And I must admit, I found the thought irresistible.

Melodi for the birds

Materials: Melodi Lamp, shape print out, stencil sheets, stencil knife, thin brush, acrylic paint, tape Description: When I bought this lamp, I already knew it was in for some changes. I didn't know exactly what I'd be doing, but then a light bulb went off (pun intended): stenciling! I found the images that I wanted online, adjusted the sizes and printed them.

Un-Procrastination Book by Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta has written a nice little ebook called Un-Procrastination. If you struggle with procrastination this is a very good resource.  I’ve seen a lot of stuff written on procrastination that basically says, “I never procrastinate and here is how to be like me.”  Leo is a bit more realistic and admits that sometimes he even likes to procrastinate.

Ask Unclutterer: How to break up with stuff after a breakup

Reader Ellen submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I recently ended a very long-term relationship and I have no idea what to do with the gifts I was given over the last ten years.

Ad Ingenium Faciendum

The Latin phrase that serves as the title of this post means simply “toward the building of character.” Character isn’t something that’s often discussed on personal finance sites in a direct fashion, but character certainly is a key component in financial and professional success. What exactly do I mean by character?

An Underground Alternative to Entrepreneurship

How many times have you come up with great ideas for products or entire businesses, but bailed on them because you didn’t want to be the one who had to take on the risk, the overhead, the complexity, the sleepless nights of building a business around them?What if you could spend your time dreaming up nutty ideas and get paid for that and only that?

Workspace of the Week: Serene home office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Zach’s setup: This office instantly caught my attention because the majority of the external peripherals are identical to the ones I have. After looking at it for a minute, I realized that it does a nice job of keeping clutter at bay.

Classic grasscloth headboard

Materials: Hemnes queen bed frame, Anno Sanela blind, pre-finished polystyrene molding, liquid nails, saw and miter box, and clamps Description: We bought the Hemnes bedroom furniture suite but recently started feeling tired of the baby crib-like bars at the top of the headboard, especially since that's all we could see of the headboard once all of the bed pillows were in place.