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By John Wesley

Reader Mailbag: Father’s Day

What’s inside? Here are five word summaries of the questions dealt with in today’s Reader Mailbag. Click on the number to hop down to the question. 1. Blogging as steady income? 2. Selling rental for debt repayment 3. Drowning in student loan debt 4. Fed up with overreaching charity 5. Should I join the Army? 6. Save money or prepay mortgage? 7. Paying for law school 8.

Kill That Clutter!

25 areas of digital clutter to attack - because a cluttered space, tangible or otherwise, is a bottleneck.

A New Take on Creative Process

A reassessment of the creative method from @jted. The steps: Focus + Act + Connect + Deviate + Evaluate.

Freelance Freedom #161

Downsizing after a divorce

Today we welcome Erin Ellia, a writer in transit, as a guest post author. She will be blogging her move discussed in this post at TheHouseAndI.blogspot.com. I’m preparing for a move — a big one. I’m leaving my husband and our three-bedroom Boston-area house to sublet a furnished room in a Times Square apartment by myself.

Tree-Hugging For Money

“Who are businesses really responsible to? Their customers? Shareholders? Employees? We would argue that it’s none of the above. Fundamentally, businesses are responsible to their resource base.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Unitasker Wednesday: USB microwaveUnfortunately, this week’s unitasker is only being made for the British market.

Patience and Personal Finance

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. I used to describe myself as impatient as though it were a trait of which to be proud. While I still have a long way to go, I think back on that and have to smile and shake my head.

Finding Your Calling Part V: Obstacles to Embracing Your Vocation

In Parts I and II of our series on vocation we talked about what a vocation is. In Part III we put forth an argument for why every man should pursue his vocation. In Part IV we discussed how to find your vocation. In this final installment in the series, we will discuss the obstacles men face in going after and embracing their true vocation. I mentioned last time that I do not feel like finding y

Hard Work: What's It Good For?

A meme has been floating around for some time now about hard work – and how it is overrated.

This is Why Self Improvement Programs Fail and Here’s Exactly How You Can ACTUALLY Use Them to Make Your Life Better

If you’ve been trying to improve your life with the help of ‘self improvement information’ and have gotten little to no results, you’re not alone… In fact, most people who try self improvement resources fail to get the promised results. (I’m talking about self help/ development/ improvement books, audio programs, seminars and so on, from weight loss tips to ‘success skills’ to rel

Daily Links: Ain’t No Sunshine Edition

I know I’ve whined about the weather several times in the past, but I’m going to do it again. This is the coolest, wettest spring I can ever remember. We’ve had a handful of sunny days, but that’s it. The rest of the time, it’s been just like today: grey and misty. Now, as an Oregonian, I’m okay with several months of grey and misty. I like it.

Review: Who Can You Trust With Your Money?

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. A while back, I wrote an article describing an utterly painful meeting my wife and I had with a financial advisor. That meeting was painful.

The Real Reason Your Summer Energy Bills Are So High – And Seven Simple Ways to Fix It

Yes, it’s almost always painful to receive that first energy bill of the summer months.

Linkswitch #23

100 Years Of Propaganda: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Propaganda is most well known in the form of war posters. But at its core, it is a mode of communication aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position, and that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.