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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

Blending Work and Family: How We Do It

One common question I’m asked a lot is how we actually balance our work lives and our family lives. Barb sums it up best: How do you do it? You write tons and tons of stuff for The Simple Dollar, your wife works a full time job, you seem to have tons of time available for your kids, you read quite a bit, and you also seem to have a somewhat active social life. How do you do it?

The Cheap Garbage Bag Dilemma

The things that stick in your head after reading a book are often interesting. For example, just yesterday I posted a detailed review of Miserly Moms that outlined a ton of useful tips for cutting domestic spending. Yet, the thing that stuck in my head for days after reading the book was an offhand comment she made about buying garbage bags.

Jung, Buffy, Twilight, Virginia Woolf -- and Happiness.

I love Carl Jung (the bits of his work that I understand, which isn’t much), and one of my favorite Jung quotations is, “The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” This video clip is a perfect example – found on my friend Lev Grossman’s excellent blog, Nerd World.

Fewer Financial Institutions

Last year I finally got fed up with all the statements I was getting from various financial institutions.  I had retirement accounts with 4 or 5 different companies and stock accounts with 2 or 3 others.

Beyond Fear

We were 20 feet off the ground, suspended among the treetops in a dense forest in Western Massachusetts. My little girl looked up. “Daddy,” she said, “I’m scared…” She just turned 8, so I wasn’t surprised. What did surprise me, though, was that 30-minutes and 6 stations into her first ever high-ropes course, this was the first time she voiced her fear.

What matters most to you? Let The Happiness Project Toolbox help you decide.

Joie de vivre expert Gretchen Rubin, who authors the inspiring blog The Happiness Project, has recently launched a new website called The Happiness Project Toolbox.

The Essential Adventure Library: 50 Non-fiction Adventure Books

Following up on our recent look into the world of fictional adventure literature, we now turn to the true life tales of exploration, adventure, and survival against all odds that have inspired countless readers for generations.

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.