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By The Wise Bread Team

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Ask For Advice

When faced with a big decision, it is natural for you to seek advice from friends, colleagues, and experts. Sadly, it can also be natural to ignore that advice when you don’t hear what you want to… I was chatting with my friend Fred and he was lamenting the very high mortgage payments he had to make.

How to Build Your Wardrobe: Part III-Men’s Hats, Watches, and Other Accessories

In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part I we discussed why a man’s clothing is important, broke men up into groups, and listed the clothing they need.  In How to Build Your Wardrobe Part II we gave you 5 general wardrobe building guidelines and expanded on the clothing checklists.  Now in How to Build your Wardrobe Part III, we’ll discuss hats, watches, and other accessories that add to a man

Five Challenges of Buying Used – and How to Overcome Them

I revel in used stuff. I use PaperBackSwap almost religiously. I love shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops. I look forward to yard sales and make a day out of “community yard sale day.” Undeniably, though, there are drawbacks. Sure, you get a nice financial bargain, but no purchase is a perfect one.

Say hello to my little (speaker) stands!

Materials: Ikea Shoe Rack (Lustifik) Description: First and foremost I have to qualify/justify why I made these speaker stands (before the audiophiles out there cry blasphemy and take me for a fool not understanding the need for a $300 USD stand with zero resonance and spikes/cones for legs) 1) I needed to space out the speakers on my system to create a larger soundstage.

Freelance Radio, Episode 45: Recommendation Roundup

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) gives some of their favorite recommendations in four different categories.. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

Choosing to display, store, or get rid of an item

I am a firm believer that everything you choose to own should be display worthy, even if you choose not to display it. My hammer is stored in a toolbox along with screwdrivers, pliers, nails, and other tools because a portable box is the most efficient and uncluttered solution.

Crowd-sourcing our way to a better world

"I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing.

"Cycling, Writing, Walking -- and Living in the Right City."

Happiness interview: Richard Florida. I became interested in the work of economic development expert Richard Florida when I read his fascinating book, The Rise of the Creative Class.

The Net Worth of the U.S. Presidents: Washington to Obama

More proof that it's not all about money (comparatively, at least).

Minimalist Connoisseurs

"Minimalism is about becoming a high connoisseur of life." A pep-talk on how (and why) you should edit your life.

The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for contructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter or identica. Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work?

Solving the mug clutter problem

In my grandmother’s farmhouse, at the center of the kitchen table, stood a mug tree. From the branches of the mug tree hung four coffee cups in varying shapes and sizes.

Reader Mailbag: You Vote With Your Dollar

If you like a particular film and want to see more like it, see that movie in the theatre or buy the DVD or at least check it out from the library or watch it on a streaming service like Netflix.

Morning Walk

Hazy and cool as we walked to school. Her little hand wrapped around my pinky, arm swaying to the beat of each step. Chatting about all things important, and not so. This IS perfection.

What’s On Your “Not-Do” List?

Freelancers are great list makers, and it is little wonder. Running your own business, handling multiple clients and projects, leaves you with lots of things to manage and remember. I know that I start every week, and every day, with “to-do” lists. I consider what needs to get done, what I want to achieve in a given time span.