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By Jay White

If it’s not important to you, don’t consume it

Trent Hamm at TheSimpleDollar.com on Saturday reviewed the classic book Voluntary Simplicity. When I read the book seven or eight years ago, I interpreted the focus of the book to be about reducing one’s impact on the environment.

How to get Johnny to study

Coffee breaks enhance team productivity.

Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world

Or, how shared work experiences (even LOLcats), helps build a better, more cooperative world.

"Working on My Novel, Remembering that Life Is Long -- and Yet Not Overscheduling."

Happiness interview: Christina Baker Kline. I got to know novelist Christina Baker Kline through a writing group I joined -- which is now connected with the very helpful writing site, She Writes. Christina's wonderful novel, Bird in Hand, just came out in paperback -- joining The Way Life Should Be.

Reader Mailbag: Bad Books

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. Planning for future relocation 2. Growing a blog 3. First time homebuyer advice 4. How to grill foiled potatoes 5. Refinancing a vehicle 6. Predicting Social Security’s future 7.

Burning Freelance Bridges: Watch Your Social Media Venting

Yesterday, I got very upset at a client. The reason isn’t relevant, but I spent part of the afternoon opening and closing the sites I use to communicate — my blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and so on — thinking about saying something about how upset I was, warning other freelancers off of this particular client and generally venting.

Finish it! Erin’s third set of 2010 resolutions

First things first — How is it July already? Honestly, I am flabbergasted that my calendar doesn’t say April. Time is definitely playing a trick on me this year. Even though I am in denial about it being July, another three months have passed and my second set of 2010 resolutions have come to a close.

What Happens to Your Stuff When You Die?

Most of us have some sort of vague idea about what happens to our assets when we die. The stuff we own gets passed on to the people we specify — assuming we’ve jumped through the right hoops. But what happens to our debts when we die? That’s what Matt wants to know.

Cat food, litter and nap Cabinet

Materials: Jonas Secretary Description: I wanted a cat cabinet to hold both the cat food and cat litter. I wanted the cat litter to be high enough so I wouldn't have to bend over to clean it. I also wanted the cabinet to serve as a dark hiding space for my cats (they like to get away from the dogs every now and then).

6 Simple Steps to Feel More Confident and Less Miserable in No Time

How many times have you felt like your lack of self confidence was holding you back in life? How many times have you beaten yourself up because of fear, and hesitancy left you too tired to fight? How many times have you looked at someone else and thought they had everything easy because natural confidence seemed to seep through their pores. Believe it or not, those people don’t have anything yo

Boxing Basics-Part II: Stance+Footwork

Image from arwriterphotog Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse who is doing a series of posts for AoM on the basics of boxing. Thanks Chad! In this installment of the “Boxing Basics” series I’m going to cover proper stance as well as a bit of footwork. There are a couple things you want to accomplish in your stance.

Energy Savings with a Solar Blanket, Hair Clips, and Curtain Rods

Only very rarely do I pass along a guest post, but a reader sent me such a spectacular energy saving do-it-yourself idea (and wonderful writeup about it) that I just had to pass it along. The only change I’ve made to this article is highlighting a few key pieces.

Buddhism Has 8 Auspicious Symbols. I Chose My Own Set of Symbols. What Are Yours?

Every Wednesday is Tip Day – or List Day. This Wednesday: The 8 auspicious symbols of Buddhism -- and my own list, too. I get a tremendous kick out of the numbered lists that pop up throughout Buddhism: the Triple Refuge, the Noble Eightfold Path, the Four Noble Truths.

An Expedit-ed Workspace

Materials: 2 Expedit 2x4 Bookcases, 1 VIKA KAJ leg, 1 Lack shelf, 4 Capita legs Description: When I first moved two years ago I purchased an Expedit 2x4 Bookcase and laid it on its side against my main wall because I liked that look.

In Defense of Solitude (Part I)

— “The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to ourselves.” - Michel de Montaigne — In his 1848 work Principles of Political Economy, John Stuart Mill observed: It is not good for a man to be kept perforce at all times in the presence of his species. A world from which solitude is extirpated is a very poor ideal.