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By Mark Shead

Push Off: Taking Back Your Digital Life

When I got my first Blackberry, the first thing I did was disable the message that said, “sent from my Blackberry.” Because, waaay back then, most phones didn’t do email. There was no expectation of 24/7 reachability, unless someone had your phone number.

Reader Mailbag: Travel

Did you know that ten hours of road travel with a four year old, a two year old, and a newborn is a really bad idea? I have just signed a loan modification for my (large) mortgage. They fortunately gave me a starting payment at 2% for the first 5 years. I have been able to pay up ALL of my bills (no credit cards or outstanding debt) and have $2000.00 in savings.

Multitasker: The Chinese military shovel

This video is long (so click through it, or watch it over your lunch break), but really interesting. I wish I had one of these amazing tools.

Modern slat coffee table

Materials: 2 Molger Benches and 1 set of 8" Capita Legs Description: To recreate this coffee table all you have to do is follow these simple steps: 1) Carefully chisel off 6 slats off one of the bench tops which will be used for the sides later on. 2) Clamp together the 3 remaining benchtops to drill 8 holes to be used with nuts/bolts/washers.

Further Adventures in Home Maintenance

As much as I’ve learned about money in the past five years, and as much as I like to share what I’ve learned, there are still times when I fail to follow my own advice. As I’ve mentioned, we live in a hundred-year-old house. This is a great and terrible thing. The house is beautiful and full of character, but it’s also a pain in the ass.

Don’t Be Afraid of the S-Word

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The 5 Essentials Of Reinventing Yourself

While Wall Street claims that the recession has run its’ course, the jobless rate continues to hover at more than 10 percent and millions of people are experiencing prolonged unemployment.  In fact, in a recent report put out by Rutgers University entitled “No End in Sight: The Agony of Prolonged Unemployment,” experts state that economic improvements have had little to no positive effects

Scarcity, Luxury, and Proving One’s Manhood

Share When professor of anthropology David D. Gilmore examined tribes and cultures across the world, he found striking similarities in the ideal qualities ascribed to each gender. While exceptions existed, otherwise disparate cultures proved to have much in common as it concerns gender roles. Of particular interest was the almost universal way that cultures expected men to prove their manhood.

Review: Better Groceries for Less Cash

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. Better Groceries for Less Cash by Randall Putala has a subtitle that pretty clearly describes what you’ll find inside the covers: 101 Tested and Proven Ways to Save on Food.

“People Need To Be Reminded More Often Than They Need To Be Instructed.”

“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” -- Samuel Johnson * Through my friend Laura Miller's great Salon post, A reader's advice to writers: Beware of Mary Sue, I found my way to an extraordinary site, TV Tropes. Oh, my goodness, it's fantastic.

What Day Is It?

It would be easy for me to write some nice platitudes today about my wife (the mother of my children) or my own mother. I could go on for a long time about how wonderful these two women are, the most important two women in my life. But I really don’t need to.

Reader Story: A Drastic Change for Drastic Results

This guest post from Ian is part of the “reader stories” feature here at Get Rich Slowly. Some reader stories contain general “how I did X” advice, and others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity, and with all sorts of incomes.

How to Finish What You Start

Do you have a whole bunch of half-finished projects gathering dust?Perhaps it's that fitness routine which you swiftly abandoned (along with all the accompanying equipment). Maybe it's a craft project which has been taken up space for months.

Remaking Your Path of Least Resistance

Most of the time, our lives function along a path of least resistance. We give into social cues because it’s the easiest path, causing us to buy stuff we don’t need and lust after “premium” items. We don’t rock the boat at work because that’s the easiest path, causing us to run in place with our career.

Is That All There Is?

Image courtesy of Reckon Many years ago a pop singer named Peggy Lee recorded a song titled, “Is That All There Is?”  She sang about how her life had turned out, ending each verse with the plea: “Is that all there is?” Unfortunately those words could sum up the lives of millions of people today whose lives have not fulfilled the promise they felt as children.  Our romantic relationship