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By Colin Beavan

Pablo Picasso Paints Fakes? -- A Koan about Creativity.

Over the weekend, I was reading Arthur Koestler's book, The Act of Creation, and I was struck by the koan-like quality of the following story, which Koestler says is true: An art dealer (this story is authentic) bought a canvas signed "Picasso" and travelled all the way to Cannes to discover whether it was genuine. Picasso was working in his studio.

Reader Mailbag: Long Hair, Short Hair

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. Single mom, crazy life 2. Debt payoff or Roth IRA? 3. Pay cash for car? 4. 401(k) or IRA rollover? 5. Cut Roth contributions to travel? 6. Switch to HSA? 7. Watching sports without cable/satellite 8.

Make your Mondays (a little) more remarkable

It’s Monday, and a week’s worth of possibilities are in front of you.

The Moment You Speak To The World, You Speak to No One

Why would you target a microcosm, when the world is your market? Oy, I’ve heard this so many times from small-business owners and bloggers.

The War on Work

I write a lot at Get Rich Slowly about Financial Independence, by which I essentially mean early retirement (or semi-retirement). That is, accumulating enough money that I know longer have to work. To me, escape from work has always seemed like the ultimate goal. This is probably because my father held out retirement as a sort of Promised Land.

5 Ways to Keep Learning (And Why You Want To)

It’s easy to assume that learning ends when you’re in your early twenties. You finish university, and go into the “real world” of work. No more term papers, no more exams.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects: Limitations Are An Opportunity

“We try really hard not to spin our wheels on ideas that don’t work,” says Chief of Operations N. Scott Johnson as he tours me through the open-plan office of Richard Meier & Partners Architects. But how do you find out what works and doesn’t work?

3 Archetypes of American Manliness- Part III: The Self-Made Man

Today we will cover the last of three archetypes of American manliness proposed by Michael Kimmel in his book, Manhood in America. As we discussed in previous posts, both the Genteel Patriarch and Heroic Artisan were ideals of manliness imported from Europe to the American colonies in the 18th century.

Richard Meier & Partners Architects: Limitations Are An Opportunity

Love your limitations, remind your clients why they hired you, and take your damn headphones off. Tips from the COO of Richard Meier architects.

How to Keep Feces Out of Your Bloodstream (or Lose 10 Pounds in 14 Days)

Ruh-roh. (Photo: Toby Otter) Following our Paleolithic ancestors, our Neolithic ancestors lost an average of six inches in height. Most people now have those last 5-10 pounds that seem impossible lose. The causes for both, surprisingly, may be the same. Robb Wolf can explain.

Review: The Checklist Manifesto

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Every once in a while, a book I read for personal enjoyment becomes a book reviewed on The Simple Dollar. This is one of those times. I thoroughly enjoyed Atul Gawande’s first two books, Better and Complications.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 Combatting backpack clutterReader Lisa, a college student, wrote in to Unclutterer asking if we might be able to help her with her backpack woes. Unitasker Wednesday: Hot PotatoNow you can buy a music playing, batteries required, painted toy to substitute for nature’s fun: The Hot Potato! Organizing your job searchMy super organized sister-in-law gives details on how to organize a job

Why a 0% Loan Isn’t Always the Best Choice

Brian writes in: I was at a local car dealership looking for a replacement for my truck. I only have about $8000 in savings so I knew I would have to take on some debt to buy. The dealer offered to sell me a new F150 for a good price and a 0% loan for 36 months for $589 a month car payments.

"The Great Thing in This World Is Not So Much Where We Stand As in What Direction We Are Moving."

“The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.” –Oliver Wendell Holmes * Check out the Behavior Gap -- "sketches that explore the relationship between money and values." * On Facebook? Join the Facebook Page – lots of interesting discussion there.