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By Tony Clark

Hero Training: The Pulling to Safety Workout

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse. For this series on hero training, every other week Chad will give Art of Manliness readers a workout based on building the strength and fitness needed to tackle a heroic task.

Open Thread: Does Education Matter for Freelancers?

photo credit: sansreproache/flickr Rockable Press recently shared some statistics from their up-coming freelancing book, Freelance Confidential, with their mailing list. The book includes results from the survey conducted here at FreelanceSwitch a few months ago that polled 3,200 freelancers on every aspect of their work.

Reader Mailbag: Absence

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. Banking troubles 2. Getting rid of a timeshare 3. Scholarships and taxes 4. Housing money for the future 5. Loan arrangement question 6. Where should we keep savings? 7. Wanting to be a parent 8.

Mythic Star Lack table

Materials: -LACK table: 1 white and 1 black -adhesive paper, black and white design and model-cutter -hook Description: Cut the different parts of the design and position on the floor, mount one leg of a different color to the table at the drawing. If you remove the legs and fix a hook, you get two decorative panels to be put on the wall. ~ Irene Vergnano, Roma Italy

Top 12 iPhone Apps That'll Increase Your Productivity

The best thing about iPhone is the incredible world of apps its users can access and use. But it's easy to get lost in those hundreds of thousands of apps. That means finding the right apps to enhance your productivity could in itself be an immensely unproductive exercise if you don't know what you are looking for.Thankfully, you've got Dumb Little Man and myself to lean upon.

The Benefits of a Business Checking Account

Credit: Arjun Kartha on sxc.hu As a freelancer, it’s incredibly tempting to do everything as cheaply as you can — especially when you’re first starting out.

Outsmarting Myself

Every spring for the past decade or so, I’ve turned from a normal, healthy adult into a sniffling, dripping fountain of whine in just a matter of days. Something in the air doesn’t agree with me. Last year, instead of just complaining about how crappy I felt, I finally saw an allergist.

‘Unrealistic’ Athletic Goals: Why and How to Pursue Them

Human flight in the form of judo. (Photo: Fabiogis50) Pavel Tsatsouline was punching me in the ass. It’s not every day that you have a former Soviet Special Forces instructor punch you in the butt cheeks. But it was the second day of Russian Kettlebell Certification (RKC), and we were practicing constant tension, one of several techniques intended to increase strength output.

Why You Need to Create Your Own “Top 10″ List

If you are reading this, you have been given an incredible gift (and no, I’m not referring to this column!). You’ve lived another year. An entire year. You’ve experienced moments filled with laughs and tears, shouts and hugs. It may have been a difficult year financially or personally, but no matter what, it’s been a year you have survived.

7 Ways I Violate Some Standard Happiness Advice.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day. This Wednesday: 7 ways I violate some standard happiness advice. I read a lot about happiness, and I often put into practice what I read. However, in some areas, I just can't follow the advice that I see, no matter how often I hear it, and how well-reasoned the suggestion. For instance: 1. We have a TV in our bedroom.

Prayer For Healing

Editor’s Note: I am privileged to introduce Rahi to our TSN family. Rahi was my beloved yoga teacher during my 3 months stay in India, and have guided me to bliss on many occasions. To me, she is the embodiment of grace. The following was originally an email she had sent to me, which we edited to share with you here, along with a practical meditation that anyone can do at home.

Affirm Your Way To Wealth

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. This morning, I did something unusual.

Thoughts on Choosing Guardians for Your Children

Yesterday morning, I posted an article discussing our decision-making process with regards to deciding whether or not to become named guardians for several children. Is it something we could handle? After posting that article, several parents emailed me to state that they had been struggling with the guardianship question in their own lives.

The Simplest Cure for Insomnia

Post written by Leo Babauta. For years I had a mild-to-medium case of insomnia, often staying up late watching crappy television and eating junk food because I couldn’t fall asleep, no matter how tired I was. It is miserable. You walk through the day like a zombie, unable to function properly. You desperately try to sleep but nothing works.

18" Ensuite Bathroom Vanity

Materials: Bekvam Description: Put off by outrageous prices for bathroom vanities and an awkward space to fill in my ensuite bathroom, I turned to Ikea Hackers for inspiration. Not to be disappointed, Karen from SFO gave me the great idea to use the Bekvam butcher block as a base for my shaker style vanity with above counter sink.