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Art of Manliness

By Brett McKay

Ask Unclutterer: Uncluttering after the loss of a loved one

Reader Grace submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Almost 5 years ago my husband died. I was 35 years old, no children. As I approach my 40th birthday, I am attempting to unclutter my home, which also means figuring out what to keep and what to let go of that was his or ours together. This is so tough.

Making It All Work – Getting Control: Applying This to Life and Work

This is the tenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Allen takes an interesting detour in this chapter.

Naked Truth Autoresponders

The other day, I got what I’d call a Tim Ferriss-style automatic reply (autoresponder) to an email letting me know that, in order to be more productive, the sender is now only checking email twice a day. That’s cool.

Corner Cabinet + Countertop Hack

Materials: Varde, Akurum, Lidi and Besta Description: We had a bare corner in our small kitchen that we couldn't decide how to fill till my husband came up with this idea. He wants to add another cabinet above this one in the future but for now, we have this free standing corner counter cabinet that he customized to our space and needs.

Workspace of the Week: New setup with old hardware

This week’s Workspace of the Week is David Bosman’s desk. Here’s how David describes it: New setup, with old hardware: a 2006 MacPro (+SSD) and a SSD MacBook Air (2009), paper and a pen.

On the Value of Networking

It’s hard to believe, but Kris and I graduated from Willamette University nearly twenty years ago. We enjoyed our time in college, and remain close to many of our classmates. It’s always fun when we get a chance to drive to Salem to re-visit the campus.

Yay! "The Happiness Project" is #32 in the Amazon Top 100 List.

From the Department of Self-Promotion: Hooray! I heard that The Happiness Project is #32 on the Amazon Top 100 list for 2010. And did I ever happen to mention that it was also a #1 New York Times bestseller? Oh, right, I think I did.

7 Amazing Life Lessons from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet. He’s probably most known for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. His work has influenced nearly every generation of thinker, writer and poet since his time. So without further adieu, today I want to talk about some of the profound life-lessons we can learn from Emerson.

Yay! "The Happiness Project" is #32 in the Amazon Top 100 Books.

From the Department of Self-Promotion: Hooray! I just found out that The Happiness Project is #32 on Amazon's Top 100 Books for 2010. Did I also happen to mention that it's a #1 New York Times bestseller? Oh, right, I think maybe I did. Want to check out the book for yourself? Read sample chapters here.

Taking Aim: A Primer on Traditional Archery

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Josh Parchman. “A long bow and a strong bow, And let the sky grow dark. The nock to the cord, the shaft to the ear, And a foreign king for a mark!” - From “The Song of the Bosnian Archers” If you like to do things “old school,” it doesn’t get much better than traditional archery.

Personal Finance Links: Domain Speculation Edition

A few people have asked, so I thought I’d confirm that I still hope to re-launch my “making money from a blog” project in January. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, here’s a brief look at some of the drama behind the scenes. This week, I found a fantastic idea for an awesome blog, one that I’d love to run, one that I think people would love to read.

Tiny kitchen table

Materials: Numerar oak counter, Oddvar stool, Vika kaj Description: My kitchen is long but too narrow for a kitchen table. When I finished my countertops with Numerar oak, I decided to make use of the cutoff to make a little wall-mounted table in the corner behind the fridge. The top is attached to the wall with an aluminium L-profile and supported with two Vika Kaj telescoping legs.

Commercials, Kids, and Materialism

Right off the bat, let’s take a peek at this “wonderful” new commercial by Toyota: I was pointed to this ad by longtime reader Beth and the AutoAdOpolis blog. If you’ve been reading The Simple Dollar for long, you’ll know that this ad takes a swing directly at a lot of different ideas I’ve shared over the years about parenting, money, materialism, and other thi

"I Thought That If I Wasn't Happy, Given All My Good Fortune in Life, That There Was Something Wrong with Me."

Happiness interview: Phoebe Potts. Ever since I read Scott McCloud's brilliant Making Comics, I've been intrigued with the possibilities of the graphic novel. One of my overarching intellectual interests is -- how can the structure of information be shaped to help people understand and learn?

The Little Book of Procrastination Remedies

Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on twitter. Procrastination is one of those topics that, it seems, I can’t write enough about. There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t procrastinate, and that’s a fact of life. It’s deep within us. We think we’re going to do something later, or read that classic novel later, or learn French later.