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By John Wesley

What’s Next? Thinking About the Future

This weekend, I did one of my “big life reviews” that I do about three or four times a year. During these (as I’ve been discussing during the “Making It All Work” series), I sit down for a few hours and take stock of everything going on in my life. What do I want to do with my life? Where am I going to be in five years? How does it all fit together?

Linkswitch #44: Typography, Saying No, Social Influence

Web Typography: Educational Resources, Tools and Techniques Web typography has evolved a lot over the last years. Today we see rich, accessible typography, a plethora of type design choices for the web and a number of remarkable, type-based web designs. It’s a great time for web design, and it’s a great time for web typography.

Reader Story: Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Christmas (and Beyond!)

This guest post from Shelley Turner is part of the “reader stories” feature at Get Rich Slowly. Some stories contain general advice; others are examples of how a GRS reader achieved financial success — or failure. These stories feature folks from all levels of financial maturity and with all sorts of incomes. They’re coming!

Manvotional: A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow What the heart of the young man said to the psalmist Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!

Getting Creative Things Done: How To Fit Hard Thinking Into a Busy Schedule

Is your creativity at war with your to-do list? Meet GTCD, a simple system for balancing meaningful creative work with mundane logistical work (e.g. email, meetings, etc).


The clock is ticking, there’s a deadline approaching and you’re starting to feel a mild panic as you know you have only an hour to do four hours of work.

A Deeper Look at Quibids … and Why I Don’t Think It’s Worth It

In Thursday’s reader mailbag, a reader asked me about my opinion on Quibids, an auction site where you have to pay for your bids, but bids only make the auctions go up in $0.01 or $0.02 increments.

The Economics of Seinfeld

A group of economics professors have pooled their collective brainpower to come up with a new way to teach their students — and the general public — about economic principles. They’ve created a site called The Economics of Seinfeld that uses the hit TV series from the 1990s to explain basic financial concepts.

5 Foods That Make Nutrition Easy On The Go

Getting the most out of our diet seems to be getting trickier and trickier. There are so many quick and easy meals available to us that it is easy to forget one of my cardinal rules, "The more you cook, the better you look."The great part about this short list is that the foods are very easy to prepare quickly.

Giant drum shade pendant for 13 bucks

Materials: Two 12" Lobbo lamp shades, wire wreath frame, existing three-light chandelier Description: I was looking for a modern upgrade to the three-light chandelier over our kitchen table but didn't have the budget for the one in the pretty furniture catalog. I also preferred not to mess with electrical wiring.

EXPEDIT board in IKEA sale corner to a nice coffee table in my home

Materials: 1PC - EXPEDIT Board AUS$19, 2 Pack of EKBY BJÄRNUM Bracket 9, 2 Pack of $15.00/2 pack, 8 Pcs screw nuts that suit the thickness of the board (Not included with bracket), 4 Pcs of metal nuts from EKBY BJÄRNUM Bracket Description: 1. Turn the board upside down. 2. Attach EKBY BJÄRNUM Bracket with the screws in to each corner of the board (flat chrome side face out). 3.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 20, 2010

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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

How to Deal with Passive Aggressive Communicators

As mentioned before, I like to focus on receptive and expressive intelligence, which I call CQ. Passive Aggressive Communicators (whom I call the PACs) have a low dose of CQ and can often trigger your own CQ to plummet as well.

How to Have Enriching Relationships

Imagine your life without friends, family, or loved-ones. What would life be like? What would you do? Who would you be?It’s certainly hard to imagine because a major part of peoples’ identity and lifestyle revolves around the people they care about and spend time with. We’re all social creatures, and relationships provide us support, joy, and an opportunity to grow and learn.

6 Cool Laptop Bags

I was cleaning out our spare room the other day and I found an old IBM laptop bag.  It was like finding an old pair of pants – still lots of wear in them, but hopelessly out of date.  This bag is six inches wide when collapsed – and expands to about three times the size.  I remember having two laptops in it at one time, and still room to hold the rest of my paperwork.  The good news, I don