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By Chanpory Rith

The many faces of Rickard

Emily has been hard at work modding the Rickard chair for her thesis. I like Citizen Cane, a nice mix of old and new. Pretty solid ideas, I must say. She says, "I've been hacking away at the $19.99 Rickard task chair.

Mark your calendars!

Real Simple magazine is celebrating their 10th anniversary next month, and they are throwing two amazing parties you can attend for free. The first event: Chicago, Friday, April 9, from 12-7 pm at Union Station’s Great Hall. The second event: New York City, Thursday, April 15, from 12-7 pm at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. Each party will feature: “15-minute workshops

Embark on new adventures: Erin’s second set of 2010 resolutions

Back in early January, I marked the Ides of March as when I would officially check in on my first set of resolutions for 2010 and finalize my resolutions for the second quarter. In the post “Increasing energy: Erin’s first set of 2010 resolutions,” I outlined what I planned to do for January, February, and March. For the most part, I’ve kept to the resolutions I created.

The Hidden Business Lessons Of March Madness

The NCAA basketball tournament is right around the corner, one of the most over-commercialized, bloated, melodramatic monstrosities on the sports calendar. Right? I mean, nothing shows the exploitation of the college “student-athlete” more than CBS’ billion-dollar baby. Right?Wrong.

Reader Mailbag: Alarm Clocks

For the first time in almost two years, I didn’t set my alarm this morning. I woke up about an hour and a half later than I usually do and I felt really groggy.

How to Be a Positive Person, in Under 300 Words

‘Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune.’ ~Walt Whitman Post written by Leo Babauta.

7 Tips For Marketing Your Freelance Business Offline

I walked into Wholefoods this past week with a list of things to buy. I walked out of the store with more than my groceries. I had three new business cards in my pocket. Each with hastily-scrawled notes on the back. I grinned as I packed my groceries into the car and headed home. I had just generated three great leads. The first one I found in front of the Kombucha display.

Made by Hand: In Praise of Amateurs

Note: I’m afraid this post is long and rambling and doesn’t have much of a point. So sue me. I’ve been meaning to write about this subject for a long time, and finally felt moved to do so. This article may be amateurish, but that’s kind of the point… My father was a serial entrepreneur — he was always starting businesses.

Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life

“Mosk” courtesy of Maciej Mizer Our life is what our thoughts make it. Life is neither good or evil, but only a place for good and evil. ~Marcus Aurelius A belief is something you consider to be true. You cannot decide to believe one thing this week and another, opposing thing, next week. You might think you can, but it really doesn’t work like that.

Developing the Heroic Imagination: The 5 Traits of Heroes

ShareEvery boy dreams of being a superhero, and knows that donning a cape or Spiderman costume is hardly just for Halloween.But as we get older, we realize we don’t possess the supernatural powers of Spidey (or Batman’s primo cache of gadgets). And we notice the absence of the kind of otherwordly arch nemeses that plague our comic book heroes in the real world.

Review: The Little Book of Behavioral Investing

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest to readers of The Simple Dollar. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for a while, you know that I love the “Little Book” series by Wiley Publishing. It’s a book series of small, relatively short hardbacks with about twenty short chapters.

The Financial Realities of Growing a Family

Anthony writes in: My wife and I have two children, ages 2 and 1. We’d like to have more; we both think that four would be a great number, although there’s no particular logical reason for that number. The problem is the expense. With daycare costs, adding each additional child will cost another $260 a month.

Reader Story: How I Ruined My Credit Score, and How It Didn’t Ruin My Life

This guest post from the redoubtable Tyler K is part of the new “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others will be examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure.

How to Fit Studying Into Your Life

Although we might still have the archetypal view of college life involving keg parties, frat houses and last-minute panics when a paper’s due, many of us integrate our studying into the rest of our lives.

Other People’s Priorities Don’t Have to Be Your Priorities

Kelly writes in: In the past three months, I’ve paid off all but $2,000 of my credit card debt. I feel happier about my money than I have in a long time. The only problem is that my social life seems to be falling apart. I don’t have as much interest in the things my friends are spending their money and time on and I find myself doing other things a lot.