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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

30 Days to a Better Man Day 21: Write Your Own Eulogy

Image by csmcjunkins It’s something all of us have imagined at one time or another. What would it be like to die and attend our own funeral? Who would be there? How many people would come? Will the woman who spurned our love be devastated and finally realize how great we were?

Reader Story: The Secret Millionaire and the Mathmobile

I keep telling myself I’ll share reader e-mail more often. You folks send me great stuff. For example, here’s Ruth’s story about her own millionaire next door. I loved reading about J.D.’s “secret millionaire” neighbor. This is a story about my own “secret millionaire” neighbor.

When Is a Child Ready for an Allowance?

This question has been on our minds quite a bit recently, as our three and a half year old son continues to grow and mature. We’ve long planned on giving our children small allowances that are not tied to household chores, and now we’re actually faced with a child that’s nearing the maturity level to understand it. He understands that money is used to buy things.

Weekly Link Round: Week 3 of 30 Days to a Better Man

Well we’re finished with yet another week of our 30 Days to a Better Man Project. We have only 10 tasks left! It’s time to dig in your heels and commit yourself to finishing strong. Here’s what we were working on this week: Day 15: Make a Meal. Reading through your responses to this task made me hungry.

How to Explain Your Production Process to Clients

Creative freelancers are, by nature, a rebellious lot. Just look at this FreelanceSwitch blog. The descriptions of our former jobs read like jail sentences. Now, far be it from me to say that we shouldn’t be happy in our work.

How to Use Nature to Break Away from Work

Many people think that a large expensive vacation is the best way to comforting relaxation.

House Beautiful: What’s in your junk drawer?

Recently, I received a fun request from House Beautiful magazine to share a photo of my home’s junk drawer with their readers. Somewhere in every home there’s the bottomless, fascinating, slightly terrifying junk drawer. It’s like a little attic. Truth be told, I don’t have a junk drawer in my house.

What Makes Us Tick: A Short Film About How the Stock Market Works (from 1952)

It’s been several months since I’ve discovered a new money movie to share with you. I love these things, but I’ve exhausted most of my sources for Public Domain material.

Times Are Tough; Would You Consider A DIY Funeral?

By Paul Michael It's never pleasant to think about death and funerals, but if there is one certainty in life, it's that we're all going to bite the dust at some point. And just like most things in life, death is an expensive business.

Best of Personal Finance: Hot and Humid Edition

By Andrea Dickson The Simple Dollar is starting a new series called Trent's 14 Money Rules.

30 Days to a Better Man Day 20-Perform Service

When we think about moments that epitomize manliness, we often think of the captain going down with the ship, the men who allow the women and children to go first, the soldier who throws himself on a grenade to shield his brothers from the blow, the old man who attempts to save a drowning child and perishes himself in the waves. The common denominator in such scenarios is this: sacrifice.

Goalsetting Smackdown: Big Hairy Audacious vs Baby Steps

Picture this, your 20 year reunion is coming up and looking to made a huge impression…but you you’re feeling a bit, um, huge.

How the Foot-In-The-Door Technique Costs You Money

A few weeks ago, I received a simple request from a person I know in the community. She asked me to go to a website and sign a simple petition on behalf of a cause she’s passionate about.

Heart Attack from Your Grill? Not with this Recipe

Backyard grills could be called heart attack grills and we all know it.Greasy beef, fat-laden cheese, mayo, white bread, and the complimentary beer(s) are prime ingredients for fat build-up in your arteries, heart and brain. Practice some moderation and you'll be just fine.

Do You Shield Your Joyous Ones?

I’m working on my Happiness Project, and you could have one, too! Everyone’s project will look different, but it’s the rare person who can’t benefit. Join in -- no need to catch up, just jump in right now. Each Friday’s post will help you think about your own happiness project. For my children’s literature reading group, I just re-read The Diary of Anne Frank. Goodness.