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By Mark Shead

A Meeting of Minds: Financial Blogger Conference 2011

I spent the weekend in Chicago, meeting and talking with 279 other financial bloggers. After years of saying we should all get together, we finally did (thanks to the hard work of Phil Taylor from PT Money). For three days, we talked about writing, marketing, and monetization.

Who Am I? 5 Steps To Reveal Your True Self

We endlessly discuss and gossip about questions of: What am I? Who am I? What is my self? Layers of Fear hide answers to these questions. They must be lifted off to live in the essence of an effective life. First Layer: As this first thin layer is lifted there is a growing awareness that ideas about your self are made-up.

Review: Uncertainty

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance or other book of interest. Also available is a complete list of the hundreds of book reviews that have appeared on The Simple Dollar over the years. All of us have fears and doubts about what we’re doing and where our future is headed. I know I certainly have those fears and doubts.

Solid wood countertop for lazy families

Materials: Numerar countertop Description: Ikea recommends to handle solid wood countertops this way: "Wipe clean with a soft cloth dampened with water and a mild dish detergent or soap, if necessary. Wipe dry with a clean cloth....

Belle Vue Clinic, Preventable Medical Disasters, and Stoic Lessons

(Photo: Dirty Bunny) [Warning: This post is one of my rare rants, perhaps my only rant, written last week when the reality-bending fury was fresh. Almost never seen, like a snow leopard, my angry self has come out to stretch his arms a bit, perhaps punch a few deserving people after warming up.

Mirror, mirror Malma on the wall

Materials: Malma x 32, 4 cm wide double sided carpet tape, tape measure, carpenter's square, spirit level, marker Description: In the dining room of our new apartment we had a very special decorating challenge. On the back wall (facing the whole living area) was a large 1970s smoked glass mirror. And it was glued to the wall.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2010 Unitasker Wednesday: Cool ConesIs eating store-bought ice cream bringing you down? Well, let Cool Cones turn that around! Exercise and focusA neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, Arthur Kramer, in “Ageing, Fitness and Neurocognitive Function” in Nature magazine, reports on another way to improve your ability to focus and brain cognition.

Extra Costs of Moving: Financial, Cultural, and Spiritual Restrictions

Abbie writes in: My family is considering a move to a smaller town for professional purposes. The only problem with this move is that we’re Orthodox and thus we follow the dietary laws. This means that the food our family eats must be kosher.

Linkswitch #88, Note Taking, Long-Term Clients, Super Fans

Top 10 Note Taking Apps for Freelancers A typical freelancer is an idea generating engine. New ideas spring up all the time. Suddenly, you may realize you have a perfect solution to a problem or get inspiration on the go. To record your precious ideas there are handy note taking apps. These tools usually contain features like notes and web clippings.

Tolsby jewelry stand

Materials: Tolsby, scissors, fabric with small holes Description: I made this movie to show you how to make this super easy hack. Link to the video on youtube. ~ Astrid, Holland If it looked familiar, you're right. Jen posted this one some time back. ~ Jules

Reader Story: The High Cost of Kids Sports

This guest post from Kay Lynn Akers is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. Kay Lynn writes about money and life at Bucksome Boomer. More and more children are participating on travel or elite sport teams.

How To Prevent Alzheimer’s by Learning Another Language

Wrinkles, gray hair, failing eyesight, brittle bones. As the saying goes, getting old is not for sissies. Most of the bodily changes that come with aging have remedies. They can’t be completely avoided or cured, but they can be compensated for to a degree. You can get stronger glasses, or bifocals. You can color your hair, if vanity demands it.

Saving Pennies or Dollars? Grinding Your Own Flour

Saving Pennies or Dollars is a new semi-regular series on The Simple Dollar, inspired by a great discussion on The Simple Dollar’s Facebook page concerning frugal tactics that might not really save that much money.

Lack-ed Painting

Materials: Lack end and coffee table tops, spray paint, acrylic paint, brushes, design inspiration, mounting hardware Description: After watching too many home decorating shows and realizing that there was no way that my teeny-tiny decor budget would cover all the walls in our new apartment with the large scale art I had in mind (to hide the stark white apartment walls we aren't allowed to

Bringing the Kitchen into the Bedroom

Materials: Akurum/Adel with Komplement wire baskets Description: The beautiful warm wood finish of the ADEL kitchen door and drawer fronts suited our master bedroom decor better than any of the finishes in the PAX closet line. So we decided to make our bedroom closet out of kitchen cabinets.