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Art of Nonconformity

By Chris Guillebeau

Reader Mailbag: Thanksgiving Week

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Repetitive car repairs 2. Keeping oldest credit card 3. Rethinking decision to buy home 4. Thanksgiving place settings 5. Eliminating debts before grad school 6. Dividing up Thanksgiving leftovers 7.

Being organized before a doctor’s visit

During a recent visit with my doctor, she commented that I don’t act like her other patients during visits. She said it’s obvious I have spent a lot of time with doctors because I’m not nervous and uncomfortable around her or her colleagues. She also said I’m one of the only patients who comes in with a list of topics to discuss and takes notes during visits.

Fantasy vs. Reality: Paving a Path to a Promising Future

On Saturday night, I had dinner with Wendy and Dennis, two Get Rich Slowly readers who recently moved from Phoenix to Portland. We talked about a lot of things — most of them nerdy. We also chatted about the ever-evolving nature of Get Rich Slowly. “I’ve noticed you’re writing more about credit cards lately,” Wendy said.

5 Must-Read Life Lessons from Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was a prominent scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first “practical” telephone, although some believe he stole the idea from Elisha Gray. Bell’s father, grandfather, and brother were all involved with work on speech and elocution, and both his mother and wife were deaf, profoundly influencing Bell’s life’s w

Being Fully Present As a Man

Awhile back, I was taking a tour of a cave in Missouri. As our trolley rolled through the cavern, I was surprised to see people taking pictures….of the walls of the cave. Not pictures of the cavern or some spectacular formation of stalagmites, just pictures of the wall. Rock.

One American's effort to bond over our shared concerns intead of fighting over our differences

I've been worried for a long time that the entire world is held up in solving its problems by the division in the American political system. It's the Republicans' fault. No, it's the Democrats' fault. No, it's the Republicans' fault. No, it's the Democrats' fault. No, it's the Republicans' fault. No, it's the Democrats' fault.

How It Works: Clinton’s “Reality Distortion Field” Charisma

One piece of the puzzle: getting eye contact right. Not evasive, not creepy — just right. (Photo: Mr. Theklan) This is a guest post from Michael Ellsberg, a good friend who’s spent the last several years studying interpersonal persuasion and language (spoken and unspoken).

David vs Goliath: Why Small Businesses Exceed Expectations

Small IS beautiful. We take a look at the unique advantages of small businesses, and provide some thoughts on how we can keep our creative edge.

"Wherever I Am in the World, All I Need Is the Smell of Eucalyptus to Recover That Lost World..."

“Wherever I am in the world, all I need is the smell of eucalyptus to recover that lost world of Adrogue, which today no doubt exists only in my memory.” -- Jorge Luis Borges Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the power of the senses, especially the sense of smell, in shaping our experiences and emotions. * Join the conversation about happiness on the Facebook Page.

Review: The Drunkard’s Walk

Every Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book or other book of interest. One of the key points in my book The Simple Dollar is that our lives are far more random than we think and that we compensate for that randomness in the wrong way. We should spend less, not more. We should save up money so we’re not at risk from the many things that can happen.

How To Stop Focusing On People & Focus On Issues (It’s Easy If You Do This)

If changing who you are is easy, we’d all be doing it, right? So, when a problem arises, why is our first reaction to focus on how the person involved needs to change?

A year ago on Unclutterer

2009 The reasons for lists Italian author Umberto Eco was interviewed last week by the German publication Spiegel. The interview ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ discusses Eco’s recent involvement with curating an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris.

Will You Regret This When You're 80?

There are so many things I want to do in the short time I'm here. Some of these things scare me, some will challenge me and others are just plain fun.Unfortunately, life is very short and the older I get the quicker time seems to pass. I'm quickly realizing that I probably won't fit everything in. So how do I choose?

What’s Next? Thinking About the Future

This weekend, I did one of my “big life reviews” that I do about three or four times a year. During these (as I’ve been discussing during the “Making It All Work” series), I sit down for a few hours and take stock of everything going on in my life. What do I want to do with my life? Where am I going to be in five years? How does it all fit together?