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By J.D. Roth

The Manly Art of Arnold Friberg

Last Thursday, a favorite artist of mine passed away. Arnold Friberg was an American artist and illustrator who was famous for his paintings depicting religious, western, and patriotic scenes. Some of his most well-known work include the movie posters for Cecil B.

5 Strategies for a Happy Marriage: Secrets every bride and groom should know

‘The Marriage of Figaro’ courtesy of TheIntelligencer Despairingly, he looked at her, shook his head, and asked, “Whatever happened to us?

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: July 10, 2010

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week. I call it … the Time Machine. One Year Ago (July 4 – July 10, 2009) How Low Can You Go?

"True Life Is Lived When Tiny Changes Occur."

"True life is lived when tiny changes occur." --Leo Tolstoy * A friend told me to check out The Blah, Blah, Blahg (love the name). When I went there, I saw why -- the writer was writing about her thoughts about a happiness project. * There's been a lot of interest in the one-page discussion guide for book groups.

Business Catalyst Review

I have a dirty little secret. I hate ecommerce design. In my history as a designer I’ve always found ecommerce design equivalent to trying to wrestle with a five-hundred-pound greased gorilla. At best it is a big hassle, and at its worst it is blood and carnage flowing down the streets. My biggest complaint is usually how unwieldy and annoying it is to work with most ecommerce backends.

Pay Yourself First with a Coupon Booklet

Is budgeting a hassle? Do you sometimes forget to make your Roth IRA contribution or to transfer this month’s installment for the new car you’re saving for? Do you wish there were some way to make the process easier? One way to reduce human error is to set up a separate savings account for each of your goals.

Summer Meal Series #6: Simple Homemade Pasta and Pizza Sauce

This summer, I’m going to be posting a series of fifteen low-cost, tasty, and easy-to-prepare meals that are literally straight from my own kitchen. Today’s meal looks like a simple pasta… … and it is, except that we do something a little different than most people seem to these days. You see, we’re pretty picky about our sauce.

Problems with Contacting the Art of Manliness

We have recently discovered that for the past month or two, there has been a glitch in our contact form and our guest submission form. Some messages were coming through to us, but many were not.

Need a Happiness Boost? Read a Good Book.

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. I'm in four book groups, if you can believe it, and one recurring challenge for each of the book groups is picking the next book.

The Clean-Slate Guide to Simplicity

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Jeffrey Tang of The Art of Great Things. When we think about simplifying, we usually think about subtraction. Getting rid of excess stuff. Clearing away obligations. Deleting old emails. We simplify by paring away the layers of something until we find the core. Too many books on the shelf?

Best Freelance Advice Ever

If you could go back in time to the moment you first started freelancing, what is the single most important piece of advice you would give yourself? Would you spend more time developing a specific skill set? Would you tell yourself not to take on that CFH – Client From Hell? Would you ensure that all clients pay 100% upfront – before any of the work starts? Would you suggest that you read Fre

How to Deliver Bad News in a Good Way

Take advantage of the silver-lining principle - separate a small gain from a large loss to make the blow less painful.

Core77 speaks with Jonathan Ive on the design of the iPhone 4

"The only way you truly understand a material is by making things with it."

Ask Unclutterer: Encouraging kids to help out at home

Reader Sonja submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do you get your family to want to help with a cluttered house? I have four children. Unfortunately, Sonja, I have some bad news. If your family doesn’t want to help unclutter your home, there aren’t any methods to make them want to help.

Getting Things Done: The Power of the Next-Action Decision

This is the eleventh entry in a fourteen part series discussing the time management classic Getting Things Done by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings through July 16. One key theme in this book is the importance of coming up with a “next-action” list, which is essentially a “to-do” list.