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By Jules

"One of the Most Unhappy Periods of My Life Led to My Happiest."

Happiness interview: Andy Borowitz. I'm a huge fan of writer and comedian Andy Borowitz, and a huge fan of humor, so I couldn't wait to get my hands on The 50 Funniest American Writers*: An Anthology of Humor from Mark Twain to The Onion, a new collection that Andy edited for the Library of America(!). What a treat. I've always thought that funny writing doesn't get the respect it deserves.

Body By Ikea - Stolmen 200

Materials: 2 Stolmen Poles, 10 Stolmen Mounting Fixture Sets, 2 Stolmen Shelves, 1 Stolmen Hook, 1 Tower 200 Description: The Tower 200 was a great purchase for us, as it is "a complete home workout", and all you need is a door. The only problem was... we did not have a door to use. So we improvised.

Chinese drawers

Materials: Forhoja Description: I don't know how long I kept this piece instead of throwing it away. As I redesigned my hallway to a kind of 'New Asian Style', I had the idea to integrate this little wall-mounted chest. I painted it to the same colour shade, that I chose for the wall. Wall paint for the wall, acrylic paint for the chest, off course.

How to Dominate in a Kindle Economy

The publishing world is in mass-flux. While this is terrifies some writers, other entrepreneurial-minded writers and self-publishers are licking their chops.Sean Platt is one of them.

Reader Mailbag: Ankle Twist

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. Retirement savings on smaller income 2. Focusing on health 3. Digging through debts 4. Getting started in book publishing 5. Trading board games by mail 6. Repeat material 7. A cavalcade of problems 8.

Public Speaking – A Storytelling Odyssey

Credit: rmarinello on Photodune Earlier this year, I wrote an article about presenting at Ignite. To recap, Ignite is an event that happens in more than 100 cities worldwide on a regular basis.

How to Know When to Quit

This post is from staff writer April Dykman. Before I became a full-time freelancer, I worked for a couple of different companies. Both times I started a new job, it started out exciting and fun. Great benefits! Cool perks! Interesting work! After a year or two, it got harder to get up in the morning and face an eight-hour day of doing whatever it was I was hired to do.

Are You Relaxing – Or Just Procrastinating?

It’s 6pm. You haven’t really accomplished anything today … but hey, you needed some time to relax. You took a long lunch and re-watched a couple of episodes of a TV show. You spent an hour or two in a coffee shop, flicking through a few newspapers. You updated Facebook and Twitter and Google+ … … so why do you feel stressed? Chances are, you weren’t really relaxing.

Ikea Floating Headboard from Kitchen cover panels

Materials: Perfekt Abstrakt High gloss grey panels, wood framing Description: I made this headboard from Ikea's high gloss kitchen panels. The panels come in 24x80" so I used 2 horizontally with one above the other so as to not have to cut and re-edgeband them.

The Art of Learning

Photo of Gala Darling By Cat Li Stevenson “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mathama Gandhi The most inspiring and brilliant people I know have one thing in common: they never stop learning.

Ending "Business As Usual": 10 Insights on Rethinking Work

Ten thought-provoking quotes on decision-making, daydreaming, and making a difference from Michael Bungay Stanier's fantastic new book, End Malaria.

8 Tips to Stop Procrastinating.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: Eight tips to stop procrastinating, and get yourself to do something you don't want to do. How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task? If you’re like me – several.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Cleaning Wipes

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Tired of Being Tired

‘A man grows most tired while standing still.’ ~Chinese proverb Post written by Leo Babauta. It’s tough being tired all day. I’ve had days like this, when I’m struggling through the day and don’t have the energy to tackle anything that matters. Hell, I’ve had years like this. When you’re tired, not much seems appealing.

How to Plan a MLB Road Trip: 30 Parks, One Summer

This post is brought to you by Nissan. Check out The All-New Nissan Versa. INNOVATION UPSIZED. INNOVATION FOR ALL. What’s this? Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alon Mass.