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By Mark Shead

11 Inspiring Life Lessons from Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was an actor, philosopher, film director, producer, screenwriter and martial artist. He was born in November 1940 and died July 1973 from a mysterious brain hemorrhage.Many consider Bruce Lee to be one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century.

6 Tips for When You’re Not in the Mood to Work

“Daydreamer” courtesy of Nelsonius We all have times when we’re just not in the mood to get on with work. Perhaps we’re feeling tired or apathetic, or weeks of stress have finally caught up with us.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Here in the U.S, the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day is coming up in just two weeks. For about 50 of those 100 years, dads across America could expect to receive a “World’s Greatest Dad” mug or a tie. But why not think outside the box this Father’s Day and surprise your Pops with something different?

Simple kitchen island

Materials: 2 Udden and 1 Pragel Description: With 2 Udden and 1 Pragel we made an island for our kitchen! Very cheap and very beautiful! ~ Francesca Romana, Roma

How to Handle Pets When You Can’t Afford Them Any More

Hey, look, today I’m going to wade into something that’s bound to get hundreds of angry comments! Yesterday, I read an article over at Get Rich Slowly where J.D. wrote the following (with my own emphasis added): “Thanks for finding that place,” Michael told me as he took a bite of mashed potatoes and gravy. “But we’ve decided to rent someplace else.

Three Passive Barriers I Use to Counter Consumerism

This video post is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker previously featured a post on his own blog entitled, Dave Ramsey Vs. Suze Orman. Passive barriers are those small mental impediments that keep us from making smart choices.

"People Who Knit Are Usually in a Good Mood. People Who Stare into Their iPhones AND Demand Your Atttenion Aren't as Much Fun."

Happiness interview: Mark Frauenfelder. I’m a longtime fan BoingBoing, that hugely popular, wonderful website that’s “mischievous fun for higher primates," so a few years ago, when I got a link and a nice email from founder Mark Frauenfelder, it was a huge thrill. Mark has a fascinating book that just came out, Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World.

Geek haven - Ikea robotic chair and table

Description: This is not my hack, but I found this link today and thought I would pass it along."Conceived by NYU ITP student Adam Lassy, the 'IKEA Robotics' is an interestingly cool seating and table that encourage lazier living at your beck and call via a clever technological tweak." See more on Hometone. ~ LD

Saralisa lights up

Materials: Saralisa fabric, Orgel Table Lamp minus the lampshade, 4 pieces of light weight wood strips for the frame, staple gun Description: 1. Saralisa Fabric, 2 yards x 3.5 yards needed 2. Lightweight Wooden frame, 2 pieces 74 inches, 2 pieces 48 inches 3. Nail together the four pieces of wooden frame with 2 finishing nails per corner 4.

Hoarding: Why forced cleanouts are unsuccessful

The A&E channel ran a Memorial Day marathon of the first season of its television show Hoarders. After showing all of the original broadcasts, A&E aired a new episode that showed the progress — or, rather lack of progress — of a handful of the show’s participants.

Reader Mailbag: A Bit of Auden

“You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his vocation, you have only to watch his eyes: a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon making a primary incision, a clerk completing a bill of lading, wear the same rapt expression, forgetting themselves in a function. How beautiful it is, that eye-on-the-object look.” - W.H.

8 Legal Issues for Bloggers: Part 1

Editor’s Note: In addition to their client work, many freelancers keep a blog related to their work, industry, and passion. In a two part series, James Adams helps us explore the legal pitfalls and concerns of publishing a blog. Today we’ll focus on common issues such as defamation and privacy.

Through The Eyes of an 8 Year Old

Over the weekend, I was out with my wife and daughter doing a photo-shoot for a client, when I noticed my daughter eying the dSLR I was shooting with.

Assorted Links for June 3, 2010

Interesting links we’ve discovered recently on the topics of simple living, organizing and uncluttering: From professional organizer Monica Ricci, “Top Tools Under Ten Bucks“ ThinkSimpleNow’s “How to Enjoy Solitude“ If you’re on a Windows PC, I highly recommend “Lifehacker Pack 2010: Our List of Essential Free Windows Downloads“ When you find

Is a Weak Euro Good for U.S. Travelers?

It had to happen eventually! A GRS staff writer has finally submitted an article on a topic I was planning to cover. This post from April Dykman is stronger than the one I’d put together, though, so I’ve just tacked an addendum to the end. Europe’s financial crisis is leading to a weaker euro and more travel deals designed to attract American tourists.