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Success From the Nest

By Tony Clark

A Man’s Guide to Dining Etiquette and Proper Table Manners

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” -Clarence Thomas Why Table Manners Matter Share As a young Marine Corps Officer, I was dumbfounded one afternoon when after training on the Mark19 we transitioned into a class on proper table manners.  Taught by a petite older woman, the class covered the basics of dining etiquette.

Some Thoughts on Predicting the Future

So many personal finance choices are based on what might happen in the future. Will the stock market be strong? Or will it fall again? Will the dollar retain its value? Will we have high inflation? Or perhaps even deflation? Will Social Security remain intact? Or will I receive little or no benefits from it when I retire? Will my health remain good? Will I have children?

"Talk Rapidly, Learn Something New Every Day, and Contemplate a Fun, Multi-Colored Skull Screensaver."

From time to time, I post short interviews with interesting people about their insights on happiness. During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Reducing Email Overload

Email is one of those things that can be both a great time-saver and a huge waste of time. The idea of being able to send a message to someone across the country and get a reply back in hours or even minutes is amazing, even though we take it for granted.

New Art of Manliness Email Newsletter Format

Note: I’ve sent this out in our new email newsletter to our email subscribers, but it’s been brought to my attention that the new email was being sent to some people’s junk box. So I’m publishing this on the main site and through Feedburner email to let people know. We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience with The Art of Manliness.

Improve your productivity at work

Glen Stansberry, productivity blogger and the brains behind the LifeRemix network (a network Unclutterer proudly belongs to), authored “80 Ways to Steal Valuable Minutes for Your Work Day” Tuesday for American Express’ OPEN Forum website.

Reader Mailbag: Cycles

I find that my passions are cyclic. I have about three or four things I’m deeply passionate about, but the time I have in my average day doesn’t afford me the space to follow up on each of those things to the level I’d like. So I cycle a bit. I’ll go on a reading binge where I’ll read as much as four or five hours a day.

Can You Settle Your Old IRS Debts?

By Tisha Tolar Tax time is never a fun time. It requires a lot of organization and numbers, and if the numbers don't jive you could find yourself owing a nice chunk of change to the state, local, and federal governments. In some cases, people fall behind in filing their annual returns.

Besta room divider for a loft

Dividing up the room is a key to good use of space. It also does double duty as storage. Kevin does just that with the Besta in his loft. It's for clothes storage and to screen off the bedroom section of the loft. The only problem was the original Besta configurations didn't fit, being either too tall or short.

Provoking Fights And Getting Dark?

I had a knot in my stomach a good chunk of yesterday… I wasn’t sick or freaked out about anything major. In the scheme of life, it was a blip on a blip. In fact, it was a blog post that was causing the knot to tighten. Not one written here, but on my “other” blog…Tribal Author. I tend to write with a stronger voice over there. Dunno why, I just do.

Uncluttering more than 800 pounds of stuff

In “Ditching 800 Pounds of Clutter” Wall Street Journal reporter Sue Shellenbarger narrates her six-week project ridding key areas of her home of clutter. The headline is a bit misleading. Shellenbarger actually got rid of more than 800 pounds of stuff — the 800 pounds were just how much trash and recycling she purged.

Waving Good-Bye to the Joneses

A new study out of the U.K. confirms what many of us have already learned: Money only makes you happy if you have more than those around you.

5 Best Practices To Overcome Social Anxiety

Does Social Anxiety Keep You from Fully Enjoying Life? Sharon would later cheerfully admit that she had been dreading meeting me; but for now, it was still a sickening nightmare. Social anxiety is more than just shyness.

Three Moments Every Father Dreads (and How to Cope)

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Curtis Silver. As a parent, there is much to enjoy about that role in your life. There are so many wonderful moments you have with your children over their lifespan that are impossible to properly track and catalogue. Some stand out above the rest-their first words, learning to walk, their first day of school and so on.

So You Want My Job: Video Engineer

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream. Behind every great event, is a great video engineer.