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By John Wesley

The Decline of the English Department

Are humanities-based, philosophically-inclined areas of study no longer relevant?

Reel Back: Finding Creativity in Constraints

Designer Damien Correll is a fan of boundaries. We chat about how constraints are conducive to creativity, and why knowing your history is important.

Being the Rock

Image from Discordiacorner While much in the way of traditional gender roles has shifted in modern times, most women I know still want a man who can be the rock in the relationship. But just what does being the rock entail?

The "adaptive challenge" of our climate emergency

From Leadership on the Line by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky: "Every day, people have problems for which they do, in fact, have the necessary know-how and procedures. We call these technical problems. But there is a whole host of problems [like solving climate change] that are not amenable to authoratative expertise or standard operating procedures.

Review: The Little Book of Main Street Money

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. This is the eighth book in the “Little Books” series on investment topics, and I’ve reviewed all of the previous ones (… of Bull Moves in Bear Markets, … of Common Sense Investing, … of Value Investing, … That Beats the Market, … That Builds Wealth, … That Makes You Rich,

"The Hardest Victory Is Over Self."

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” --Aristotle * Fascinating post on Starfish Envy about "numbness." Numbness is a very helpful term for a particular state of mind, and the post really got me thinking. * Have you pre-ordered your copy of The Happiness Project? No? Well, here's your chance!

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Expensify: A new take on expense reportingExpensify.com tracks your business expenses making expense report filing a breeze. Unitasker Wednesday: Onion gogglesDon’t let your eyes tear up uncontrollably again.

What Matters Most to You? Planning for a Very Long Life

Marcia writes in: I’m having a hard time figuring out exactly how much to put away for retirement each week. I’m twenty five years old and most of the advice says to put away 10% of your salary into your 401(k) but I think I should be putting away more. I have three great grandparents that are still alive and over 100 and all of my grandparents are over 70 and still alive.

Solutions for Ten Potential Travel Disasters

A vacation is supposed to help you escape from the stress and chaos of your everyday life. It should be all long walks on the beach and lingering over candle-lit dinners or exploring colorful bazaars and hiking nature trails. It should not be having an IV drip inserted into your arm or hanging around a police station for two days straight.

Manvotional: A Manly Boy

Learning to be a man begins at an early age. Boys try to mimic the manly things they see their fathers and other men do. When they get older, they seek the advice of older men on what it takes to be a man. This short essay from Draper’s Self Culture was published in 1907 and gives advice to boys on how to be manly boys.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 26, 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.

Furniture Shopping Secrets: How to Tell Superior from Shoddy

This is a guest post from Karawynn Long, who writes about personal finance at Pocketmint. Karawynn is a semi-regular contributor for Get Rich Slowly. She has been blogging since before “blogging” was a word. Here at the Koke-Long house we’re in the market for some furniture.

Determining the perfect amount

In the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the pesky Goldilocks is able to quickly find the bowl of porridge, chair, and semi-firm mattress that all meet her definition of just right.

The Weekly Link Round-Up: September 26, 2009

Art of Manliness Contests With 1,043 comments already, readers are clearly pretty fired up about getting their hands on a pair of Wolverine 1,000 Mile Boots. Who will be the lucky man to bring these sweet puppies home?

Never Eat Alone: Expanding Your Circle

This is the eighth 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.