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The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 3, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (June 27 – July 3, 2009) Personal Finance 101: Why Do I Need Credit At All?

How to Handle a Telephone Interview

Writers have a reputation for being reclusive, phone-haters.  Is it true?  Maybe, maybe not.  But it’s true for me. I hate it.  To me, the phone is for talking with family, friends and the computer repair guy.  Conversations with strangers over the phone unnerve me – particularly when I’m interviewing a source.

Find Ways to Make Holiday Traditions More Fun. (At the Very Least, Have Some Holiday Traditions.)

Two of my resolutions are to Start a new family tradition and Do something festive. I want to do something more with the Fourth of July. When I was growing up, this was always a very fun holiday. We were often on vacation in my parents’ hometown, North Platte, Nebraska, which was a great place to celebrate the Fourth.

Summer Meal Series #5: Chicken-Broccoli Crepes

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Hey, look, homemade crepes! OK, before we get going, it should be noted that this meal is pretty much as easy to prepare as you want it to be – and at almost every turn, we chose the more difficult route. Actually, to be more specific, Sarah

Top 5 Famous Quotes of the Week: Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde and More

Last week, we asked for your favorite quotes. Due to all the amazing quotes and responses we received, it was impossible to feature them all and difficult to choose the best! So I’ve gathered 5 more of the best quotes from our awesome readers and added one of my all time favorites. It’s your thinking that decides whether you´re going to succeed or fail.

Beware Self-Inflicted Complexity

Are we hiding behind "complexity" as an explanation for the world's problems?

Productive Sleep: 5 Things You Should Know

#4: Sleeping after learning something new will help you commit it to memory.

Social Networking Affects Brains Like Falling in Love

Internet junkie Adam Pennenberg gives himself up to "neuroeconomics" specialists to find out how our brains react to social networking.

Ask Unclutterer: What to do with diplomas

Reader Kathy submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: What do people do with their diplomas? I have my high school, undergraduate, and graduate diplomas. They’re sitting in my closet because I don’t know what to do with them. I could frame them and put them in my cube, but no one else at work has done that.

Getting Things Done: Getting Projects Under Control

This is the tenth entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One of the biggest difficulties in modern life is dealing with projects.

How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff

“It all depends on whether you have things, or they have you.” ~Robert A. Cook Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Barrie Davenport of Live Bold and Bloom. Simplicity.

Ask FreelanceSwitch #14: How Safe Is Freelance Moonlighting?

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, Travis King and Thursday Bram look at whether to tell your boss about your freelancing and what’s a good conference to attend to find clients. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Workspace of the Week: Home base

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Double|B’s work surface wonderland: In sharp contrast to last week’s small, living room office, this week we have a large, full-room space. The storage in this room is incredible, and the work surface of the desk makes me swoon.

Misconceptions of the Work-from-Anywhere Lifestyle

Today launches my Summer Festival of Guest Posts…aka…my way of slacking off while I’m in Bali and pleading with friends who have amazing voices and insights to share their genius with you. Kicking off this new “every Friday” feature is my friend, Chris Guillebeau.


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