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By Brett McKay

Stumped!

Over the years of writing about organizing and working with clients, I continue to be baffled by how to neatly organize a small number of items. Whenever I see these items or hear about them, I cringe. Organizing them successfully is a complete mystery to me.

SEC Proposes New Rules for Target Date Funds

This post is from GRS staff writer April Dykman. During the 2008 financial crisis, target date, or life-cycle, funds were hit hard.

11 Natural Ways to Improve Athletic Performance

Photo Credit: Hawaiipictures.com You don’t need to resort to steroids to get a leg up on the competition. There really are no substitutes for hard work, discipline, and talent. Nevertheless, there are many natural things that can be done to give athletes a competitive edge. 1.

A Manvotional Book: Would You Be Interested?

In October of this year, Kate and I released our first book, The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man. While its success wasn’t on par with say, those books about werewolves and vampires, I was really happy with its modest success and have gotten a lot of positive feedback on it.

The Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #27: Gym Junkies with Vic Magary

Welcome back to the Art of Manliness podcast! In this week’s episode we talk to fitness trainer Vic Magary. Vic blogs at Gym Junkies where he dishes out straightforward advice on fitness and health for men. We talk about his philosophy towards fitness, how to get started with a fitness routine, and the biggest mistakes men make when exercising.

The Way of the Dodo — How to Sell 10,000 iPad Cases at $60 Each (and Others Lessons Learned)

DODOcase, one of more than 1,000 businesses created in the last six months, has sold more than 10,000 units at $60 each. From today’s New York Times coverage of the Shopify/4-Hour Workweek build-a-business competition that just ended: To encourage early, positive buzz among Apple iPad buyers, Mr.

Ten Big Mistakes #1: Student Loans as Lifestyle Support

Along my financial journey in life, I made a great number of mistakes.

Custom dishwasher panel from cabinet fronts

Materials: Two Cabinet Fronts (Stat Drw Frnt s2 24x24" Wht NA 701-159-55) Description: I wanted the look of an expensive dishwasher with custom front without buying new, very expensive dishwasher that allows for panels. I removed the front dishwasher panel by removing the screws here. The panel slides down and off. Next, predrill the holes in the dishwasher metal front.

How Do You Keep the Kids Busy While You Freelance?

My wife and I decided a long time ago that we like children but don’t really want any of our own.  Luckily, the rest of my family appear to be breeders, and now we have seven nieces with another on the way.  I suppose there’s a chance that this one could be a nephew, but it’s pretty unlikely. One of the things that we like to do in the summer is to grab one or two of the girls, and let the

Two Ikea hacks in one corner

Materials: 20 PS Vallo watering cans, 5 Spontan magnetic boards Description: The ever-changing sculpture is a pile of 20 PS Vallo watering cans that can be stacked and connected in various configurations. It looks even better - like a snake - if you have a flat surface to stretch it out sideways. Cost: $1.99 X 20 =39.80.

Do You Ever Feel That You Have Two Personalities, Existing Side by Side?

I'm re-reading, for the fourth time, Carl Jung's Memories, Dreams, Reflections. One of my chief preoccupations (along with happiness, of course) is a subject that I call "symbols beyond words," so I can't get enough of this book. Its vision is so huge. Each time I read it, I'm struck by different passages. This time, I was particularly interested in Jung's discussion of his "No.

Tips for reducing your commitment to unwanted obligations

It’s easy to back out of an obligation if technically it’s not yet an obligation. When someone asks for your help on a project, you can thank him for considering you, explain that you are not the best person for the job, and recommend an alternative person or method for getting the help he needs.

Matisse at MoMA: Carving With Color

At MOMA: a driven, even tormented Matisse, who second-guessed himself, rethought and reworked his images.

How Do You Define Financial Freedom?

Can freedom be bought? Are there any (financially) poor people who are free?

Reader Mailbag: Abraham Lincoln

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. What is a callable CD? 2. Frugal laptop questions 3. Reducing budgeting stress 4. Adequate insurance for single folks 5. Minimizing post-college debt 6. Rent or sell old house? 7. Retirement calculations 8.