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By Jonathan Fields

Reader Mailbag #69

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags. I’m 22 and I’ll be starting grad school in the fall.

Freelance Freedom #111

Escape from Cubicle Nation

Last Friday, I attended a workshop put on by Pamela Slim, who writes about entrepreneurship at Escape from Cubicle Nation. Before this meeting, I didn’t know much about Slim or her message, but her work came highly recommended from my friend, Chris Guillebeau. “Pam is the real deal,” he told me.

Compact music studio

Matt downsizes his studio gear with a rolling drawer system. He says, "For the longest time I was using 2 tables for my studio gear and it wasn't until I moved to an apartment that size became an issue. So I figured out a way to put all my gear together right in front of me.

Cable clutter at Insuracare in The Incredibles

While re-watching The Incredibles this past weekend, I noticed something particularly interesting about Bob’s cubicle workspace at Insuracare, where he worked as a claims adjuster. If you look at the back of his computer monitor, you will notice about 20 different cables coming out of the back.

Things wear out

By Philip Brewer I have a pair of shoes that are about to wear out. This sucks because they're shoes I wear pretty often (which is no doubt why they're wearing out). I'll probably have to replace them.

How to Build a High-Traffic Blog Without Killing Yourself

The above video is one of my favorite presentations I’ve given in 2009, an opening keynote at the last San Francisco WordCamp, titled “How to Blog without Killing Yourself”.

So how do we feel about the cap and trade bill?

As you know, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) bill narrowly passed in the house on Friday. Here's what the New York Times said about it:The vote was the first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change.

5 Gym Benefits You Probably Hadn't Thought Of

For the last 5 months, I have been going to the gym 3 times per week. In the past, I would only visit the gym sporadically (whenever I felt like it) which I'm sure many of you can relate to.

30 Days to a Better Man Day 29: Conquer a Fear

Fear can be a good thing.  It’s a biological instinct that prevents us from doing stupid things that might kill us. For example, fear kicks in with good reason when we see a slithering snake or look over the edge of a cliff. Unfortunately, fear is not always rational and not always healthy.

"Go Outside; Enjoy the Sun and All Nature."

"At such moments I don't think about all the misery, but about the beauty that still remains. This is where Mother and I differ greatly. Her advice in the face of melancholy is: 'Think about all the suffering in the world and be thankful you're not part of it.' My advice is: 'Go outside, to the country, enjoy the sun and all nature has to offer.

Review: Miserly Moms

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy wears its target audience right on its cover - stay-at-home moms (or at least moms who devote a significant amount of time to domestic management) that are trying to maximize every penny.

The GRS Garden Project: June 2009 Update

Every month, my wife and I track how much time and money we spend growing food. This is the report for June 2009. (Here are the results for 2008.) It’s the beginning of summer, and that means our garden is lush and green and growing. It also means there’s nothing exciting to write about. We’ve begun to harvest a couple of things, but mostly our chores have become routine.

Manvotional: “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Independence Day is this Saturday here in the United States. In honor of it, we present “A Nation’s Strength” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Streamlining your morning routineTrack your morning routine to find out what is keeping you from getting to work on time. Unitasker Wednesday: The Hot Dog RollerWith a simple move of the handle you can move up to five hot dogs at once! Workspace of the Week: Small-living deskSkorpion24 finds a way to store more computers and peripherals a person could imagine in less than 20 sq.