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By Mark Shead

"Live Each Season As It Passes."

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” --Henry David Thoreau * Interested in starting your own happiness project? If you’d like to take a look at my personal Resolutions Chart, for inspiration, just email me at grubin, then the “at” sign, then gretchenrubin dot com.

How Simplicity Can Help Creativity, Briefly

Creativity is often made out to be a nebulous, messy, complicated, difficult thing, and it can be. But it doesn’t have to be. The judicious application of simplicity can help someone to create, whether that’s writing, creating art, designing, teaching, starting a small business, or in some other way making ideas take shape into reality. People who want to create are hampered by complic

Review: Raising Financially Fit Kids

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal finance book. It should come as no surprise to long-time readers of The Simple Dollar that I’m deeply passionate about raising my children with a strong sense of independence, self-motivation, and a strong ability to manage their own money in a sensible way.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Backpack: A digital version of a miscellaneous drawerTips for using Backpack as your virtual miscellaneous drawer. Unitasker Wednesday: Single bottle cellarThe single bottle cellar is a temperature and humidity controlled capsule that holds one very special bottle of wine. Oddities aboundAs I read through this article from the New York Times I found it hard to believe how many oddities Evan

A Beginner’s Guide to The Simple Dollar

Chris writes in: I’m a new reader and I was just wondering if you had an “introductory” guide to The Simple Dollar? Maybe a resource where I could find your best and most useful posts (”useful” is of course subjective). Any chance you could create one? Good idea, Chris.

Head of 1Sky speaks at NIM screenings

Hey folks, just want to let you know that Gillian Caldwell from 1Sky.org will be speaking at No Impact Man screenings at Angelika in NYC at 5 and 720 PM today (Sunday). She's amazing. From the 1Sky blog:"Will making your voice heard somehow bring happiness? Will being more active in your community make you more content?

Manvotional: Allan Quatermain on Death

Image from Molly Des Jardin Editor’s note: The commentary and selection for this manvotional comes from Sam, an AoM Community member. Nothing quenches my thirst for adventure quite like the books of H. Rider Haggard. This summer I discovered him when I read “King Solomon’s Mines” and its sequel.

Ask the Readers: How to Face a Family Financial Crisis?

With the arrival of the GRS staff writers, the semi-regular “ask the readers” column has a new home. Look for this feature most weekends.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 12, 2009

Many newer readers of The Simple Dollar haven’t been exposed to the hundreds of great articles in the archives of the site, so this is a weekly series that highlights the five best posts from one year ago this week, as well as the five best posts from two years ago this week.

The Weekly Round-Up: September 12, 2009

Hutch Returns! Some of you may remember that AoM’s contributing writer and resident adventurer Chris Hutcheson had planned to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro and help raise money for Childreach International. Well Hutch is back from Africa and reports that while it was the hardest thing he’s ever done, it was awesome and worth it.

Never Eat Alone: Do Your Homework

This is the fourth of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail.

Reject Variable Terms and Conditions

By Philip Brewer Ordinary business transactions used to be governed by long-standing laws and customs that had been developed to make them fair to both sides. Over the last fifty years or so--basically, since credit cards became popular--those rules have been gradually pushed aside. Now, everything is governed by "terms and conditions" that the corporate party can change at any time.

DIY project for transient items

Reader Dawn tipped us off to a blog post on the website The Red Chair Blog for how to organize “transient” items.

The Business Name Checklist for Freelancers

While many of us go into business with nothing more than our names, there are others who prefer to use a company name. There are many good reasons for doing this, but it’s not for everyone. You need to know what sort of name will suit you best, and this article provides you with a checklist to see if you have good reason to ditch the given name in favor of something more impersonal. 1.

Seven Things You Never Need to Pay Full Price For

You work hard for your money and you want to get the most from every dollar. You certainly don’t want to end up wasting your cash by paying more than you need to.