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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

Dinner With My Family #4: Bean Burritos

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. Here’s what I’ve had for a lunch and for a supper over the past few days: Bean burritos. Very simple. Very inexpensive.

Stolmen Entertainment Unit for a flat panel TV

Materials: Stolmen system modified with tv mounting bracket, bolts, screws. Description: I modified a Stolmen system to accommodate a flat panel TV wall mounting system, one that would normally be used to mount a flat panel TV to a wall, using one of the larger (46") shelves as a panel on which to mount the TV.

Do First Things First.

I'm constantly on the hunt for insights about happiness, or ideas about how to be happier -- which probably makes me a somewhat tiresome companion at times.

New Upholstered Headboard with Nailhead Trim

Materials: Hopen Bed, Plywood, Batting, Fabric, NailHead Trim Description: We wanted to make an upholstered headboard for our Hopen Bed. First step, after measuring the size of headboard that you want, lay out 3 layers of batting on the floor and cut the measurement leaving about 4 inches on each side to fold over. Staple all the way around pulling as tight as you can.

Ask Unclutterer: Movies with an uncluttered theme

Reader Ellis submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I know this is a bit random but … I wondered if you had any recommendations of films with a minimalist/uncluttered theme? I’m looking for some inspiration! I’m not the world’s biggest movie-goer, and I see more science fiction and Pixar films than anything else, so my suggestions are limited.

Competitive Maxims Applied to Personal Finance

As some of you know, I spent a year or two in my past playing competitive Magic: the Gathering (a card game with organized tournaments), earning enough winnings for the hobby to pay for itself.

Butcher Block Countertop Kitchen shelving

Materials: NUMERAR countertop, 3/8" threaded rod with assorted hdwre, 1/2 copper tubing lacquered, 1x1 wood stapping cut to length Description: NUMERAR counter top was ripped in half lengthwise to make above counter kitchen shelving. Threaded rod supporting the outer edge is concealed by copper pipe which has been lacquered to prevent oxidation.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Business Structures and Working with Agencies

In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at contacting agencies for work and business structures. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

The Health Club Slide, Fire Starter Replay, Pull Up a Chair

I’m in The New York Times: What’s Ailing Health ClubsBack in my fitness/yoga entrepreneur days, I landed a number of nice features in The New York Times.But yesterday, I found my way back into the pages of the Style section in an article that takes a contrarian look at the big-box health club industry and asks why 90% of American adults agree that fitness is critical for their life

Workspace of the Week: Transparent office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Louish’s glass and not-glass office: Okay, okay, I’ll admit — I chose this office strictly because of the monitor background images. I think they’re amazing! What surprises me most is how they disguise the monitors.

Ask the Readers: Should We Move to a More Expensive Part of the Country?

The Friday “Ask the Readers” column generally follows a set format: I introduce the topic, share a reader e-mail, give my best advice, and then ask for your feedback. Today’s column is a little different. Jennifer sent me a 1000-word question, and rather than write any sort of response, I’m just going to let her have the entire space.

5 Ways To Win An Argument

Screw you! You Fu*k**g idiot. Did you forget to pay your brain bill? I don’t know why I waste my time with your stupid a**. With the destructive force of an enraged carnivorous animal that has tasted blood we use our tongues as uncontrollable weapons of mass destruction.

Man to Man Episode #5: Will Having a Beard Hurt Me Professionally?

After a two month hiatus taking care of a newborn and writing a book, I’m back with another episode of Man to Man. This week’s question comes from Cornel. He writes: Does facial hair impact whether or not you have success in business? I am a 26 year old African-American male and I notice that successful business men are mostly all clean shaven.

Forgiveness

By Denise Benatar Forgiveness is a difficult topic. On one hand, we feel that we have learned to forgive. On the other hand, we find ourselves resisting when we actually try to forgive someone.  Implementing forgiveness into our lives is a process. Sometimes, things work in mysterious ways. Almost a year ago, I took a workshop on forgiveness.

The Simplest Diet for Lean Fitness

Post written by Leo Babauta. I’m in the best shape in my life. I’m incredibly happy to say that. For years (as many of you know) I was in terrible health — I was overweight and sedentary and addicted to junk food and a smoker and overworked. Today after more than five years of living healthy I am about 65 pounds lighter.