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By Leo Babauta

The GRS Garden Project: February 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for February 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) Spring is around the corner. I think.

Improve Your Marriage: Schedule a Marriage Check Up

Love is in the air . . . or is it? How strong is your marriage or relationship with your significant other? You may think you know, but are you sure? What would your spouse say? The strength of your relationships is more important than any investment you’ll ever own.

Engineering a “Muse” – Volume 3: Case Studies of Successful Cash-Flow Businesses

One common challenge for readers of The 4-Hour Workweek is the creation of a “muse”: a low-maintenance business that generates significant income.

From Ray Bradbury: "Love What YOU Love!"

A thoughtful reader send me a link to a wonderful site, Letters of Note -- "correspondence deserving of a wider audience." In particular, she pointed out a letter that writer Ray Bradbury wrote to a fan. The line that caught my eye was: "Love what YOU love!" It's constantly a surprise to me just how challenging this is.

Dinner With My Family #8: Fried Rice with Artichoke Hearts

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. Artichoke hearts are one of my favorite foods on earth.

How to Use Google Analytics to Refine Your Marketing Efforts

This is the fifth in a weekly series showing freelancers and business owners ways to spend an hour per week building a basic marketing program. Last week we showed you how to figure out what your marketing needs to accomplish. This week we show you how to decide where to focus future efforts.

Walk through my Pax doors!

Materials: Three single Pax doors, gypse and screws... Description: Simply installed three single Pax doors in front of my walk-in. Two of the doors are fixed into the floor, and the third one can glide either on the left or on the right... The lights are doing the rest of the job! ~ Olivier Visentin, Montréal, Canada

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #35: Ernest Hemingway’s Guns

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness podcast. In this week’s episode we talk to Silvio Calabi, co-author of the book Hemingway’s Guns: The Sporting Arms of Ernest Hemingway. We discuss Ernest Hemingway’s favorite firearms, how his love for guns influenced his writing, and what Papa’s favorite hunts were.

Computer table with shelf for printer

Materials: Besta, Vika Amon, Lansa, Vika RunTorp, Inreda Description: The Besta and Vika Amon table top are combined as one. As a cord storage, the Lansa handle was used. The printer shelf is extended via an Inreda pull out frame and standard shelf. ~ Albert Einstein, Austria

Ask Unclutterer: Becoming a professional organizer

Reader J.C. submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’m exploring new streams of income and one of my goals is to take my absolute LOVE of uncluttering and organization and parlay it into a side business. I’m wondering if any of you are members of the National Association of Professional Organizers or any other groups. Do you recommend that?

Health Insurance and Downgrading Your Job

In April 2010, my wife made the choice to step away from her job for the rest of the year in order to be a stay-at-home mom. She chose that period because she knew that she loved her job and that she would be itching to return after nine months. Her employer made it possible for her to return to her previous position when her leave period ended, which was very gracious of them.

Workspace of the Week: Simply small

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Declan’s floor-lit fun office: Declan has a small office wedged into his tiny bedroom, yet he has found a way to make it meet his needs and have it be a good place to be. He has added floor lights throughout the room to add depth to the space. Check out some of the other examples to see how the lights change colors, too.

Malm Headboard Hack with Recessed Ridge for Hiding Cords and Back Lighting

Materials: Malm 3-Piece Headboard and Lack Tables Description: I installed the Malm headboard ($199) without the Malm platform bed since I wanted my bed as low to the ground as possible. Extending the shelves out created a wall-to-wall headboard across the room.

De-Motivational Posters for Freelancers

Photo Credit: bernat... on Flickr Motivational posters have graced the offices of businesses throughout the world. They typically contain an inspiring word followed by text designed to grab you by the neck and shake you into action. They make me sick every time I look at one. So here are a few de-motivational posters to abase and darken your freelance office with.

Why Punctuality Matters - and How to Be On Time

Do you often find yourself running late? Perhaps it's been a life-long problem – at college, you were always sloping into class five minutes after the professor had begun. It might not have mattered too much then ...