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By Jules

Ethical Frugality Week: Regifting

This is the final entry in a weeklong series of articles on the ethics of frugality. How far can you take things without crossing an ethical line or diving into seriously socially unacceptable waters?

Manvotional: Report from the Attack on Thebes

In Euripides’ Suppliant Women, a messenger reports the bravery of the seven men who died while trying to take back the city of Thebes. All the men who died were not only great warriors, but they lived exemplary lives of honorable manliness. Hear, then.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: October 24, 2009

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, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

The Weekly Link Round-Up: October 24, 2009

The Art of Manliness Book Now Available on Kindle For you futuristic fellows who have no patience for old school paper and ink, the Art of Manliness book in now available on the Kindle. Support the Art of Manliness Book If you enjoy the Art of Manliness blog, please help a brother out by getting the word out about the Art of Manliness book. Let’s spread the manliness from coast to coast.

What Is a “Value-Added Tax,” Anyway?

By Marla Walters I’m sure many of you have already heard of a value-added tax, or VAT. Some of you may even be, or have been, subject to it (around 130 countries currently utilize this type of tax). It appears to be an idea that is being kicked around by some U.S. elected officials. Why is it even being discussed?

Never Eat Alone: Welcome to the Connected Age

This is the sixteenth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

How to Give Yourself to Whatever the Moment Brings, and Forget Stress

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter. The prevailing way of living in our Western societies is to plan out our lives, both for the long term and on a day-to-day basis. We have planners and digital calendars that map out our lives, sometimes to the minute.

Memories Are Made of This

A little over a year ago, I began trying a new idea in my personal journal. Each day, I wrote down the five best things that happened to me that day. I started this as a way to reflect on the positive things in my life and, psychologically, it’s been a very positive thing. I can browse through those lists and realize how good my life is, even when times feel kind of tough.

A Secret to Happiness: Don’t Try to Keep That Resolution.

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.

Ask Unclutterer: Overflowing child’s closet

Reader Miriam submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: How do I get a handle on children’s clothing (shorts, school clothes, skirts, pants, capris, short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters…etc. etc)? I am awash in laundry with little closet space!

The DumbLittleMan Guide to Comma Use

If all the punctuation marks got together for a party, the party wouldn't come alive until the comma arrived. The comma is such a versatile little animal. Often abused, under-used and over-used, the comma can be a readers best friend, but a writer's worst enemy.Whilst the full stop is the red light to a sentence, the comma has the ability to keep the green light on a sentence for a long time.

An Article for the Never Wrong

I never thought it would be such a relief to be wrong but I’m starting to love it. Ahhhh! Does that statement surprise you when there are so many success texts on how to be, or do things, ‘right’? Good! Do you know the pressure of feeling you have to be right? Do you know what it’s like to not be able to stand being wrong?

Ecomodder Ikea LED hack

A hack that Mother Earth will approve. This Ecomodder is from Marcus. "I'm a furniture designer and a ruthless hacker of all things found, discarded and misused. I have a thread going on Ecomodder.com where I am building a Kamm back aerodynamic mod for my Previa van. I'm getting 43% above The EPA mileage rating for my van with a record of 36mpg highway with normal driving techniques.

Utah’s 4 Day Work Week

Previously we mentioned that Utah was trying a 4 day work week to save energy.  The results are in and there was very little energy savings.  However, they made a lot of savings in other unexpected ways. It is still up in the air whether they will keep the program or not. Follow Productivity501 on Twitter..

Ask the Readers: Why Are YOU Saving for Retirement?

As I shared yesterday afternoon, although I believe National Save for Retirement Week is important, I find the topic dreadfully dull when stretched out for a week of blog posts. Lesson learned. Still, I don’t think all retirement discussions have to induce snores or tears.