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By J.D. Roth

31 Life Lessons in 31 Years

Photo by Simon Pais & Vero Monaco By Tina Su “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment …” ~Thich Nhat Hanh Today, I turn 31. When I was little, I used to think people in their 30s were really old.

Getting Real TV: Barbara Corcoran On Sharks, Empires And Family

What would you want to ask the only female shark on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank?Well, I recently had the chance to sit down with Shark Tank star, Barbara Corcoran, who’s also the founder of a multibillion real estate empire and author of the new book, Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business.We covered a lot of ground in our nearly hour-long jaunt through her incr

True or False? "When We Are Happy We Are Always Good."

The relationship between virtue and happiness is one of the most complicated issues within the larger subject of happiness. I often think about what Oscar Wilde wrote: "When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy." Do you think it's generally true that "When we are happy we are always good"?

Dinner With My Family #14: Kung Pao Shrimp Skillet Meal

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. When I was a college student, one of the meals I consistently ate was ramen noodles. I could often pick up twelve packages of it for $1.

Billy desk

Materials: Billy bookshelf, board (76x75cm), 2 table-legs (Vika Kaj), screws, 4 screwing angles, edge tape Description: 1. Fix up Billy without the back board and without the middle shelf 2. Install "middle shelf" not in the middle but at an appropriate height for your desktop (I chose 75cm). Use screws and 4 L brackets to fix the self. 3. Align the edge flush to the edge of the board 4.

Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #37: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football with John Miller

While it’s now arguably America’s favorite pastime, football came close to extinction only a short time after it started. Severe injuries and even death were common in the early days of football as players used little or no protection and the rules of the game encouraged ruthless play.

Gåsgrunda Pengel Stove

Materials: Trashbasket + Toothbrush Gasket Description: This is my Gåsgrunda Pengel Stove, Its made out of 2 products from IKEA.  The Gåsgrunda Trashbasket The Gåsgrunda Toothbrush Gasket This one is very handy and reliable for all the Hackers out there.

Ask Unclutterer: Photographing sentimental objects

Reader Mary submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I’ve noticed that one of the main pieces of advice you give to people looking to reduce or corral sentimental clutter is to photograph it and then toss the original item. I have to admit I am baffled by this.

Do Extreme Savers Even Need to Worry About Retirement?

I got a wonderful email from Alison about extreme saving practices and how they impact retirement. I originally intended to include it in yesterday’s mailbag, but my response grew so long that I felt it needed a post of its own. Take it away, Alison: I’ve recently read Your Money or Your Life and wanted to ask you a question about some of their unstated implications.

Do The Work. Or It’ll Do You

In 2003, author Steve Pressfield released a little book called The War of Art that went on to sell a zillion copies.But more importanty, it gave a name to what so many writers and creators of all ilk feel—Resistance—when striving to birth something worthy of a pulse. That nagging, at times snarling internal push back against the work.

Workspace of the Week: Mint condition modern

This week’s Workspace of the Week is John Megadeth’s home office: Organized is not synonymous with new, and this week’s workspace is a perfect example of how older furniture can continue to work perfectly in the present.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Computer Time and Multiple Bids

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at charging for tying up your computer and what to do when you win multiple bids at once. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Ask the Readers: Should We Rent or Should We Buy?

Is it better to rent or buy? We’ve discussed this age-old housing question several times in the past, but it’s always been on a theoretical level.

Mini Bench Coffee Table from Frosta Stool

Materials: Frosta Stool, Screws, Screwdriver Description: These are Frosta stools (a copy of an Alvar Alto stool for Artek) hacked into small coffee tables by moving the legs around (and using it differently than intended). I did not make these, I just saw them outside a place called Tully's Cafe on the corner of Götgatan and Högbergsgatan in Stockholm, and thought I'd submit them.

How to Buy and Restore Vintage Straight Razors

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sebastian Sandersius. When you think of the manliest way of shaving, your mind undoubtedly goes to your great-grandpa’s tool of choice: the straight-edge razor. You may have thought about owning one, but immediately dismissed the idea for a host of reasons.