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By Glen Stansberry

Shoe Shine Saturday Photo Contest Sponsored by Kiwi Shoe Care

My dad had a manly tradition that I fondly remember from my childhood. Maybe yours had the same one. One Saturday every month, my dad would pull out his wooden shoe polish kit packed with tins of KIWI shoe polish and take all his boots to the den to polish them. He usually watched In the Heat of the Night or a football game while he did it.

Big Sometimes Friendly Giant

It's Roald Dahl month. Nice Sam Anderson piece on Dahl: the storyteller as benevolent sadist.

Fall Cleaning Guide: Systems

RealSimple offers a guide to get your space ready for the changing weather.

David Brooks: What I Read

Columnist David Brooks' daily media diet.

The Hypomanic Edge Share

The attributes that make great entrepreneurs, the experts say, are common in certain manias.

Ask Unclutterer: Clutter is causing marriage woes

Reader Jenny submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: I am a 29 year old, married, full-time MBA student. I have ADD, and have poor time management skills and am usually scrambling to get my school work and TA duties done. Since my husband and I first moved in together 8 years ago, we’ve never been able to come up with a way of managing household tasks.

The Incredible Value of the Local Library (A Visual Tour)

As I’ve said before many (many) times, the local public library is the single biggest entertainment value available to you. Unlimited books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, civic groups, films, presentations, live performances, and countless other opportunities are available at your public library, either in your own town or in the nearest significantly-sized town. The best part?

5 Keys to Avoiding Social Media Fatigue

It’s rare that you’ll see a well-rested, socially adjusted, and emotionally fulfilled individual publish rants to a blog or Twitter page. But if you take sleep, confidence, and satisfaction from the happiest of people you’ll quickly see sniveling, snapping beasts emerge. They’re not evil. Just fatigued.

Workspace of the Week: Computer command center

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Aldebaran’s home office: There are many beautiful things about this workspace — so many, actually, I couldn’t list them all in a reasonable amount of space.

Why Something as Simple as a Knock Boosted My Happiness.

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. One of my favorite things about myself is my ability to concentrate intensely.

Ask the Readers: Help! I’m Overwhelmed! How Do I Get Started?

I’ll admit it: I’m way behind on posting reader questions. I get tons of questions, and can never reply to all of them. I do ask a handful of folks if they’d like to put their problems to the general readership.

Rails Bootcamp Diary: Day 4

I just got done with day four of Rails Bootcamp, and I’m exhausted. But Rails is so cool, it makes up for the drain and pain. Sarah Allen also continues to impress with her teaching acumen. In today’s class, we learned about Controllers, the C in an M-V-C application model. In short, Controllers are like traffic cops.

The Art of Conversation

I think we’ve all encountered men who have a knack for good conversation. They can talk to anybody about anything in a laid-back, casual manner that sets people immediately at ease.

Re-Defining Your Path to Success

Why do so many people fall short of their goals, even when they actively prepare and plot out a course of action?  The answer is surprisingly simple. Our motivations are flawed. Oh, we formulate our plans well enough.  We envision the end results.  We plan our steps out carefully.  But there is one crucial element that we often forget.  And that is our motivation.  Or, more importantly, the

Treasury Department to Help Under-Banked Citizens at Tax Time

Every week, I’m bombarded by press releases from companies and publications wanting me to share their products and stories. I’d love to be able to pass this info on to you — at least the stuff that’s both relevant and good (actual subject line from one irrelevant press release this morning: “Rev. Jesse Jackson holds Automotive Summit in Detroit Sept. 30 - Oct.