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By Brett Kelly

Are you productively or destructively wasting time?

I’m a proponent of wasting time when it feeds a greater purpose, such as when it recharges your body and mind, strengthens a relationship, or introduces you to a new way of looking at things.

Personal Philanthropy: Twenty Ways to Improve the World, Even If You’re Broke

So often, people assume that charity and philanthropy mean stretching an already-tight budget even further. “If I donated $100 to the food kitchen, I’d have to start using the food kitchen!” goes the common train of thought.

In Newport, but Not of It

An intimate portrait (and house tour in Newport) of Richard Wurman, creator of TED.

Twyla’s Box: It’s Where Everything Goes

Great post on Twyla Tharp's approach to nurturing ideas.

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

No such thing as a visual learner? Research upends what we thought we knew about learning styles.

The Job Reply I Want to Write

Many of us do things that aren’t particularly healthy.

Rasterbator wall mount collage

Materials: 1x Tacksam Curtain rod set, 1x Dignitet curtain ring with clip Description: 1: - measure your wall, make your photo collage with rasterbator and laminate your prints (I laminated mines matte). *Tip: place a little number on the back of the prints for ordering, you can lose track of the order and start assembling a jigsaw out of the prints.

Insurance Basics: How Car Insurance Works

This is the third part in a short series about insurance basics. In the first part, I explained how insurance works. In the second, I shared some general tips about how to save on insurance of all types. Today’s article offers info about auto insurance. You’ve had car insurance since you were old enough to drive, but how much do you really know about it?

5 Signs Reading Could Be Harming You

Photo credit: Karen Cooper Actually, excessive reading can be harmful. The importance and pure joy of reading cannot be overstated. It is the quickest way to learn something about almost anything. It can also be a trap. What’s the problem? Learning not Doing. Do you know someone who is book-smart but has no common sense?

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #30: A Fighter’s Heart & Mind with Sam Sheridan

Welcome back to another edition of the Art of Manliness Podcast! In this week’s episode I talk to Sam Sheridan, author of the book A Fighter’s Heart and his new book, The Fighter’s Mind.

Does Your Passion Show Through?

Editor’s note: When I came across Bruce Swabb’s introduction in the AoM Community, I took note of the fact that he had quit his accounting job to live on a sailboat. Duly intrigued by what had brought him to this decision, I invited him to share his journey to finding his vocation with AoM ‘s readers.

Life Insurance

Shortly after my wife and I got married, I took out life insurance policy.  When our second child arrived, I took out another policy just to make sure my family would be cared for if something were to happen to me. I started writing this post around that time and never got around to publishing it.

What Samuel Johnson, Thoreau, and Charlie Parker Were All Talking About.

Often I become preoccupied with a particular idea, and take a very great pleasure in seeing that idea appear over and over. I keep extensive notes on many ideas, most of which I never have time to write about, but which have captivated my interest for years. Sometimes they do turn into book – like Profane Waste. What a joy it was to write that book!

Summer Meal Series: Six Lessons for Efficient Cooking at Home

I’ll start off with what everyone will probably want to use this post for in the future – an index of all of the “Summer Meal Series” posts, as well as last summer’s “How Low Can You Go” meal series and a few other meal posts before that. The Recipe Collection Here are all of the “visual” recipes I’ve posted on The Simple Dollar over the

Poll: Where in the World Are the Freelancers?

I am constantly amazed with the way the internet shrinks the world around me.  I have clients in Australia, India, New Zealand, the US, and here in Canada, and new friends in England and the Philippines. I don’t get nearly enough work done because I am spending too much time reading the excellent comments (on the excellent posts) from the loyal freelancers here on FreelanceSwitch. So this got