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By Jay White

Five Reasons to Keep a Journal

If you've been reading Dumb Little Man for a while, you might have figured out that I'm a writer. I love words. I write for a living – and it's a childhood dream come true for me.Now, you might not be a writer. In fact, for all I know, you hate writing.I'm going to suggest that you think about keeping a journal, all the same. Why?

A Man’s Guide to Pregnancy Part 1: How to Take Care of a Pregnant Wife

In today’s society, it’s easy to forget that there any major differences between the genders. Until your wife gets pregnant. Then the difference between the sexes will yawn like a great chasm before you.

Stop the Insanity: How To Crush Communication Overload

Are you constantly playing catch-up with a million different messages? It's time to take back control of our communications. Here's how.

Review: Evil Plans

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest.

Art Sunday

I thought we'll go arty today and feature some "art" accomplished through IKEA pieces. I don't fully understand them (because I am a really practical person?) but maybe some of you out there will. That said, I do appreciate the kind of extreme thinking IKEA inspires. It's also fun to see how far out IKEA can go.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Specialized steak branding irons When March rolls onto the calendar, I begin preparations for the coming months filled with warmer weather. I plant seedlings for my garden, wipe down the patio furniture, and clean up the grill.

Some Thoughts on Entering Drawings

I have several friends who have made something of a hobby of simply trawling the web, looking for sites that are offering giveaways, entering them, and then looking for the next one. After finally spending a couple of afternoons doing this at the behest of a couple of them, I find some good things – and some bad things – about doing this. It is an inexpensive hobby.

Linkswitch #60: Spec Requests, Productivity, Wordpress Plugins

10 Productivity-Enhancing Apps from the Chrome Web Store Google launched their Chrome Web Store last year to some well-received notice. But in reality, it serves only as a glorified directory for web apps accessible on any standards-compliant browser. And that isn’t necessarily a downer.

Reader Story: How I Avoided Student Loans

This guest post from Crystal is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes.

Reach Your Goals More Quickly: Use Incremental Change

Regardless of who you are, where you live, how much you make, or even your education, your life is on a certain path — similar to a train on a track. You know there are going to be twists and turns, ups and downs, but you can easily figure out where you’ll end up professionally and personally if you stay on the track you’re currently on.

The Tricky Tax Refund

Like many self-employed folks, for me April 15 means a day to write a check to the government. Even if I do manage to get a refund, I’m still writing a check on that day to pay my first batch of estimated taxes for 2011. It wasn’t all that long ago, though, when April 15 usually meant that I would be receiving a tax refund check.

The Three Hs of Talent

A person’s talent can be defined as his special natural ability or aptitude, or his capacity for achievement or success. Talent can also be seen as someone’s gifts as well as the things he does well and is passionate about.

Why I Moderate

Every once in a while I’m asked why I moderate comments, rather than let the conversation go wherever it needs to go.There’s a great divide about this in the blogosphere. Some folks believe you should never restrict the conversation.

Mudroom for kids

Materials: Billy shelves Description: I searched high and low for affordable benches, cabinets, baskets, etc to make a mudroom for our 3 little boys and their stuff. Most regular storage benches were too high for their short little legs. And Pottery Barn and similar things were 3 times the price.

Party balloon keeper

Materials: Fabler bed canopy   Description: I sewed vertical sides leaving a hole on the top to fill with balloons. Then I tied the bottom with a rope for the balloons not to drop. Then I filled with balloons for my son's Red birthday party. It was lots of fun when we untied the rope and it was like a fantastic rain of red balloons. See more of the party balloon keeper.