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By Glen Stansberry

Where Stories Come From—And Why They Matter

— Loose thoughts on creative writing and the human search for meaning — The coming weeks will find me deep in the throes of composing a new novel—always a damn complicated process. While it’s my life’s passion, it’s not constantly enjoyable by any means. Working up a manuscript is as reliably dispiriting and uplifting an undertaking as anything I know.

Money Myths

The older I get and the more people I meet, the more I come to realize that biggest thing that determines your level of financial freedom has to do with your beliefs about money.  I’m not talking about the “if you think positive thoughts, you’ll become rich” line of thinking.

Pax Wendy house

Materials: Pax wardrobe packaging, duct tape, imagination. Description: Unpack wardrobe. Store wardrobe in bedroom for later construction. Gather together the wardrobe packaging, scissors, duct tape etcetera. Discuss with 2 year-old granddaughter on which style her Wendy House should be. Construct house. ~ Delia Campbell, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, UK

You're Hired! Now, the Real Test.

Six qualities that every new staff member should have, from Jim Collins.

Koufax On Koufax

"About my hitting, the less said the better." Vintage Sandy Koufax interview.

Telling Tails

"The more dangerous problem with unsuccessful stories is usually much less complex: I am bored."

What will be your legacy?

During a presentation at a conference I attended a couple years ago, Illinois-based professional organizer Sue DeRoos made the obvious, yet insightful comment: Everyone gets organized at some point, they just might not be around for it. DeRoos’ comment was morbid, but absolutely true.

Reader Mailbag: Friends

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. GTD for stay-at-home moms 2. Loaning money to parents 3. Prepaying property taxes 4. Emergency fund or debt repayment 5. Starting a Roth IRA 6. Small business encouragement 7. Thinking ahead for college 8.

Organizing eyeglasses

My husband and I have five pairs of eyeglasses between us. Since we have a toddler who loves to pull glasses off your face without a moment’s notice, the multiple pairs have become necessary.

How To Effectively Manage Your Online Reputation

I have talked about the importance of monitoring your online reputation and the tools that help you do it effectively. The web 2.0 era demands that you keep a track of what's being said about you online. It's a part of what one might call "being informed."Having said that, I think what's more important is what you say and do on the web and how you manage your online reputation.

Taking Out The Thrash

Part of growing and evolving is intentionally testing the boundaries of an experience that’s perceived outwardly as success, but that’s begun to feel inwardly complacent. Doing that means taking a risk, both in ego and ease. It means going from being on top of your game (or, at least the perception) to potentially stumbling, falling down, not knowing which way is up. Thing is, if you n

Lack Scrabble table

Materials: Lack coffee table Description: I had read guides on how to do this on a few websites, but the laminate surface of the Lack table made a mess of their recommendations. Fortunately my brother is a tile and granite mason. Here's what you'll need: 1. Lack coffee table 2. 1000 Scrabble tiles 3. Tile adhesive (bucket) 4. Notched trowel 5. Urethane 6. Paint brush (minimum 4") 7.

How to Replace Six Vital Documents

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Could you produce your birth certificate, car title, or an old tax return at a moment’s notice? You’re supposed to store vital documents in a fireproof box or keep them in a safe-deposit box, but how many of us actually do that? We may not need these papers often, but when we do need them, we really need them.

3 Advantages of Constructive Criticism

Let’s face it. Criticism has become a dirty word. Pick up any thesaurus and you’ll find “criticism” in the company of “nit-picking, objection, disapproval, and objection.” The truth is criticism doesn’t have to be a dirty word. In a broader context, criticism is an assessment, review or observation that can even be in the form of appreciation.