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By Trent Hamm

The Essential Man’s Library: Adventure Edition - Part One - Fiction

Nothing speaks to the heart of man like a good tale of adventure. Whether in the form of a bedtime story read to young boys or a nail biting page turner that keeps you up at night, the adventure story is one genre of literature that stays with you for a lifetime.

30 Days to a Better Man-Day 3: Find a Mentor

A few months ago we wrote about the importance of a mentor in a man’s life. Figuring out what it means to be a man can be tough. And it’s arguably tougher for men today, who are often more socially isolated, don’t have as many friends, and don’t have strong relationships with their fathers and other male relatives.

9 Ways to Twitter Your Personal Development

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Alex Fayle of Someday Syndrome. A quick Google search produces what feels like a million and one guides explaining what Twitter is and how to use it. Leo has several great guides himself here on Zen Habits.

The Simple Dollar Podcast #1 - Credit Card Debt

Well, here it is, finally - The Simple Dollar Podcast. This will be a weekly endeavor - I hope you enjoy it! The first episode of The Simple Dollar Podcast focuses on credit card debt. I tell my own story of escaping from a pile of credit cards and relate some very specific advice on how to extract yourself from such debt.

Money, Happiness, Realtor.com, and Spaniels.

During my study of happiness, I’ve noticed that I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.

Keeping Your Stuff Safe

The other day, I stepped outside and found my neighbor lugging a broken door out of his garage and into the back of his pickup truck. It turns out he had locked himself out of his house. His wife was away and he had no spare keys.

64 Funny, Inspiring and Stupid Money Quotes From Famous People

By Glen Stansberry tweetmeme_url = 'http://www.wisebread.com/64-funny-inspiring-and-stupid-money-quotes-from-famous-people'; People love quoting famous people. Whether the celebrity in question is a genius or not, we love a good sound byte. We've collected quotes from presidents, movie stars, philosophers, athletes, and even Paris Hilton on everybody's favorite topic: Money. 1.

CableBox is a box for cables

BlueLounge Design, the maker of the SpaceStation we wrote about back in March, is now selling a product called the CableBox. It’s basically just a plastic box (available in either white or black) designed to hold a power-strip inside to help contain cable clutter. We admit this seems overpriced and ordinarily we would be tempted to find a simpler and less-expensive solution to the problem.

Gear Up: A Man’s Guide to Camping

Editor’s Note: On Tuesdays, we’ll be featuring an excellent article or video that was originally posted in the Art of Manliness Community by a community member. Today we’ve selected a post from Michael Halbrook. Summer is finally upon us, and that means a few solid months of baseball, BBQ, swimming, and camping trips.

Spending Your Discretionary Money on Things that Rise in Value

Most of us spend our extra money on things that depreciate quickly in value. We go out for dinner. We buy cars. We buy gadgets. We buy books and CDs and DVDs. All of these things depreciate in value pretty quickly. We eat dinner out - the food’s gone and it’s often not particularly memorable.

Just Get Going: The Single Most Effective Marketing Trick

Creative freelancers suffer from a peculiar form of procrastination.

The Lazy Way to Investment Success

While researching investment strategies for my retirement savings, I’ve been reading a lot of books. There are hundreds of authors offering thousands of tips for turning a small pile of gold into a big pile of gold. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell whose advice to heed. To be honest, I find the simplest investment strategies most appealing.

Varde goes on the LA Times

Michele tips me on this glammed up Varde shelf featured on the LA Times. Love the arty back panels! See more here.

Cleaning your computer keyboard

We’ve either done it ourselves or know someone who has spilled a drink onto a keyboard. Gina Trapani, founder of Lifehacker who now writes the terrific blog Smarterware, gives detailed instructions on how to save your keyboard after it has gone swimming. A good cleaning once a year isn’t a bad idea for your keyboard, either, and her instructions will get you back to new.

Open Discussion--What would make a green, sustainable bank?

I have a question. What do you think it would take for a bank to be a good bank? Is there a place for banks in the green and environmental movement or is their emphasis on economic throughput contradictory?