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By Leo Babauta

Manvotional: “Youth” by Samuel Ullman

When famed War Correspondent Col. Frederick Palmer called on Douglas MacArthur at his Manila Headquarters, his most vivid memory of the meeting was that of the three frames hanging over the General’s desk. On the left, a portrait of Washington. On the right, a portrait of Lincoln. And between them, a framed version of a poem called “Youth” by Samuel Ullman.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 14, 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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Some Thoughts on Black Friday

In a little less than two weeks, Thanksgiving will be upon us, immediately followed by “Black Friday,” the busiest shopping day of the year. Black Friday is quite often the day that pushes retailers over the line into profitability for the year (from the red to the black), hence the name.

Happy birthday, Ms. Zeisel

It’s not uncommon for me to read a newspaper or magazine article and find myself shocked to learn that some writer or artist who did brilliant and groundbreaking work in the 1940s or ’50s (and whom I had long assumed to be dead) is still actually alive.

Soda Review: Which is the Best Cream Soda?

If you read our man Mike’s post yesterday on “drinking” when you’re a teetotaler, you know he suggested seeing if your local bar carries tasty craft sodas. But what’s a good independently made soda to try? Well so far, we’ve given you the skinny on the best root beers and colas.

Weekly Link Round-Up: November 14, 2009

Announcing the Winner of the Cigar/Beer of the Month Club Giveaway Congratulations to Jim Rainwater for winning the Cigar/Beer of the Month Club Giveaway. For the next 3 months, Jim will be getting a monthly shipment of 12, 12-ounce microbrews from two lightly distributed domestic microbreweries with a total of 4 different varieties to try.

How To Focus On What Truly Matters

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Sid Savara of Analysis Driven Personal Development. In my life I’ve gone through periods of intense, driven productivity – months where everything fell into place, and my goals almost seemed to accomplish themselves.

The Second Life of Food

This morning, I was doing a bit of advance planning for our dinner this evening.

Take Your Time. Especially When You’re in a Hurry.

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. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. A few weeks ago, I posted Eight excellent tips for living that my parents gave me.

Behind The Leader: A Candid Conversation with Bill George

A few months back, I posted about my experience at the World Business Forum in NYC.

Ask Unclutterer: Working with a messy colleague

Reader Laura submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I know that several people have asked about living with a messy person but I have a question about working with one. I work in a fast paced coffee shop as an assistant manager with my direct boss that is completely disorganized.

How Foreclosure, Deed in Lieu, and Short Sale Affect Credit Scores

By Xin Lu Currently millions of Americans are delinquent on their home loans or facing foreclosure. Foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, and short sales are several ways for borrowers to get out of a mortgage that is no longer affordable.

Giving Experiences, Not Things, This Holiday Season

The holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again. For many of us, that means stress. What gift can we give to the people we care about that actually means something? Why do the holidays have to be so expensive after we buy gifts for everyone on our Christmas list?

The Roth IRA Made Easy

Starting a Roth IRA is one of the easiest — and best — steps you can take to save for retirement. I know I’ve written a lot about the Roth IRA in the past, but I still get questions all the time. People find them intimidating. For example, Lynn wrote last week: I’m a 36-year-old single mother of two.

Baby changing table grows into light table.

Boris recycles his daughter's old changing table into a lightbox. Love how it closes in a compact little thing. "I made the Sniglar baby changing table into a light box. My wife, for a few years now, likes to practice sewing for our daughters. She buy a lot of books containing patterns she has to reproduce on white paper which she then uses to cut the fabric.