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Dumb Little Man

By Jay White

The GRS Garden Project: May 2011 Update

Welcome to the GRS Garden Project. Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for May 2011. (Here are the results for 2008 and the results for 2009. We rested in 2010.) In my mind, Oregon has mild springs: plenty of rain, sure, but also lots of sunshine and hints of the summer to come.

Shooting Lessons: 4 Ways to Make Things Happen

A couple of days ago I was shooting around at my neighborhood basketball court. And unfortunately, my shot was off. And when I say off, I mean way off. I felt like I couldn’t make a shot if my life depended on it. In fact, I even shouted that out loud! But that’s when I realized what I was doing wrong.

Cultivate Your Passions.

Many of my happiness-project resolutions are meant to help me keep my vision wide.

Painted EGEBY rug!

Materials: EGEBY rug , gray and white paint, several brushes Description: I found this EGEBY rug! 1) You have to make a stencil 2) Trace the stencil on the rug 3) Paint everything in gray and white 4) Step back and admire your work;) It was really easy but you have to be very, very patient! It took me about two days! But it was totally worth it! See more of the stencilled rug.

Dinner With My Family #18: Baked Salmon with Asparagus

Each week, I’ll present a low-cost meal (or a meal that demonstrates a lot of options for cutting costs) that my family eats for dinner and enjoys. Many of the recipes will be vegan or vegetarian, with options to add other ingredients for non-vegetarians. One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is to cook an excellent meal with minimal dishes to do afterwards.

Micke Desk fine tuned to high end glory

Materials: Micke desk, walnut scraps, mdf, wood glue, paint Description: I cut a sheet of mdf to the exact size of the top of my Micke Ikea desk. Then I took the walnut strips which were off-cuts from my dad's wood working business and glued them on the mdf. Sanded, sanded, sanded.

The Illusion of Control

‘The Master allows things to happen. She shapes events as they come. She steps out of the way and lets the Tao speak for itself.’ ~Laozi Post written by Leo Babauta. When you think you control something, you’re wrong. It’s amazing how often we think we’re in control of something when really we aren’t. Control is an illusion, as I’ve said many times before.

Ask Unclutterer: Organizing and operating a central supply room

Reader Brenda submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: [I'm] looking for guidelines or rules on how to operate a central supply room. I strongly recommend taking as much from Lean systems as possible when it comes to supply room organizing. If you are unfamiliar with Lean, check out The Toyota Way.

Your Job Is Not Your Life

A few days ago, I had a chat with a friend of mine who is struggling mightily with his job right now. He took a high-paying job with a rather prestigious title at a well-known company. The biggest drawback of this job is that he carries around a company phone and receives calls on it at all hours of the night. At first, this wasn’t a big deal for him.

Workspace of the Week: His and her shared office

This week’s Workspace of the Week is Jake and Lindsay’s shared office space: I especially liked this office because we get to see it in action. It’s nice to see how people use the space, and to be reminded that these are actually places where work is accomplished.

Un-breakable Tiered Server

Materials: ÅRYD + 3 Melamine plates or bowls Description: Here at the shop, we have rowdy and excited dogs wanting to get at the bakery treats, so we try to get serving dishes that won't break easily. I couldn't find a nice tiered display that wasn't glass or ceramic, so I made one. You will need: 3 plates or bowls, 2 ÅRYD candlesticks, epoxy glue. 1. Get any three plates or bowls.

My Financial Roadmap and Making Course Corrections

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and raising children at Childwild.com. One of the hazards of blogging is that you can’t always be right. When you’re wrong, you get to be wrong in front of a lot of people.

Ask FreelanceSwitch: Moving from Full-time to Freelancing

Advertise here with BSA In this issue of Ask FreelanceSwitch, we look at moving from full-time to freelance. Ask FreelanceSwitch is a regular column here that allows us to help beginners get a grip on freelancing.

Wheeze, Clunk! Is Your Inner Dashboard Blinking?

I was driving yesterday, happily minding my own business and practicing my new skill of not texting while behind the wheel. (I’m doing very well, thank you for asking.) Suddenly, some light started blinking. It looked like a genie in an oil canister to me. I am a girl, so I am thinking; I need to change the oil in my car.

The Finals: Scholarship for Opening the Kimono

(Photo: Markal) Please find below the finalists for the scholarship spot to the $10,000 Opening The Kimono event (all semi-finalist videos here). There are nine contenders, listed in no particular order. Please watch the videos and vote on your single favorite at the bottom of this post. Two important things to note — achtung! 1) Voting ends next Thursday, June 9, at 11pm PST.