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Vocation: Action Versus Dreams

Editor’s note: In conjunction with the two-part series we’re doing on vocation and calling, we will be publishing excerpts from Self-Culture Through the Vocation by Edward Howard Griggs (1914). Actions Versus Dreams Since the vocation is a way of life, is it not a pity that it is currently regarded merely as an opportunity of making a living?

Video: Keep a Food Journal.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Mindfulness. Last week's resolution was Use cues to cultivate mindfulness. Did you follow that resolution? How did you do?

The Role of Lighting

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace.

Super swank wall-o-shelves dresser

Materials: Expedit bookcases, Lekman bins Description: We had two of the big daddy Expedit book cases and were using them with Lekman bins as a dresser. As you can see, it's not so hot looking to be able to see all of your clothes and such through the plastic, so we decided to make fronts. We bought foam core board, and cut them to size.

The iPad as a writing coach’s dream

Use the iPad to overcome writer's block? Interesting theory about writing rituals.

Jennifer Magnolfi of Herman Miller on Innovating in the Workspace

Moveable walls, a magic wand? Anecdotes from an office/furniture design guru.

Why Not Walk Away from My Mortgage?

Kelli writes in: My husband and I are sitting on a thirty year mortgage (with twenty six years left to go). We still owe $330,000 on our home. A week ago, a very similar home to ours two blocks away sold for $220,000, so we’re under water by at least $100,000. We are thinking of just walking away from this mortgage and renting an apartment for a while until our credit clears up.

Motivation tips for slackers

Today we welcome guest post writer Chaya Goodman, editor of the website Networx. Chaya’s website provides information on how to fix, renovate, and decorate your house. I spent most of my life procrastinating, and, as a result, lived in very messy, cluttered apartments.

Find a Collaboration Partner That Fits Your Style

A good collaboration is like a good marriage. You want someone you feel that you can trust, and you especially want someone who compliments your style. When a client picks you, they pick you for your style, techniques, portfolio, and value. Likewise, you want someone that can match the clients requests as well as your own.

Horrifying 12-day Cool Whip Experiment

Two years ago, I did a 12-day Cool Whip experiment to demonstrate to my daughter the impact of chemicals on food…and on us. The outcome was so bizarre, it left quite an impression. And, I shared the results in this very post.


Materials: Lack, Broder Description: My son finally deserved a desk. He's a Transformer fan, and I had some Lack shelves to be recycled. The structure is made of Broder rails and cantilevers, the desk itself with the shelves, silver and red, in perfect "transformer style". The height of the working surfaces can be changed following child growth.

Home Safe Home? 27 Safety Precautions Under $40

I’m back from my Alaskan vacation, but it’ll take me a day or two to get my wits about me. More soon. Meanwhile, this post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. Dorothy was right: There is no place like home.

Help us help others to live better for the planet

You may know that we started a nonprofit effort called the No Impact Project. This is its most recent appeal. Can you help?Imagine if for one week, everyone tried out the same experiment I did for one year, seeing what is important in life by stripping away all the things that clutter our world.Well 10,000 people have so far.

When Was Your First Shave? The West Coast Shaving Giveaway

For many men, shaving is just one of those things you do every morning to prepare for the day. It’s like brushing your teeth. You do it so you look presentable, but you don’t think much about it. But think back to when you were a boy and lathered up and put a razor to your face for the first time. If you’re like me, that first shave was downright exciting.

8 Reasons To Switch To Windows 7 (If You Haven't Already)

Recently, CNET reported that Windows 7 has captured ten percent of the personal computer market. That means, now, 1 in 10 computers worldwide runs on Windows 7.There are no doubts about the fact that Windows 7 was received with open arms by not only the average computer user, but also by people who jump on every opportunity of criticizing Microsoft.