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Awake at the Wheel

By Jonathan Fields

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: September 19, 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.

Weekend Links: Rants and Raves Edition

Kris and I are in the middle of a long weekend of food and friends. Every autumn is like this, and we love it. We’re starting earlier than normal this year, and I hope that’s a harbinger of things to come.

500 climate volunteers needed in NYC's Central Park on Sunday at 9AM!!!

The Human Countdown choreographed sculpture is the flagship event kickstarting the Climate Wake Up Call, a series of coordinated events worldwide to bring attention to the dangers faced by the world's poorest people as a result of climate change.

Need motivation? Send an invitation

One of the most fun ways to motivate yourself to unclutter your home and/or office is to invite someone to visit. Whether you decide to throw a party or just ask your cousin over for tea, it’s nice to have a reward for getting your space into shape. During the fall and winter, I often nest. Stuff comes into my house, but it’s difficult for me to get equal amounts of stuff out of it.

Never Eat Alone: Share Your Passions

This is the sixth 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.

Weekly Link Round-Up: September 19, 2009

Picks from the Art of Manliness Archives Lessons in Manliness: Theodore Roosevelt and the Spanish-American War Do More Than One Stinking Pull-Up Are the Suburbs Killing Your Manhood? General Interest Links 100 Things to Do During a Money Free Weekend (@ the simple dollar) We’re all trying to stretch our money out further these days.

9 Ways to Make Your Writing More Compelling

You don’t need to be a freelance writer to have a good reason to improve your writing skills.Whether it’s marketing copy for your client, a sales pitch to a client, or a cover letter for your resume, all of us need to write in a way that is compelling, interesting, and unique.If your cover letter is enthralling, you get the interview. If you’re persuasive, you make the sale.

Survive and Thrive: How to Transform Anxiety into Inspiration

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Mary Jaksch of Goodlife Zen. Are you anxious at times? I am. Let’s face it, there’s plenty of anxiety to go around: lay-offs, relationship crises, pandemics, violence – and that’s just for starters. Actually, anxiety is a natural alarm system that keeps us safe and productive. But it can become a chronic mindset.


When I was a teenager, I spent several summers helping my father with his small-scale commercial fishing business. Early in the morning, just as the sun was creeping over the horizon, we’d push a boat out on the water, heading out to raise the lines we’d put out the night before. The water was still and brightly colored with the reflection of the dawn.

The Art of Letter Writing: The Sympathy Note

Source: Life Of all the letters you will write during your life, the sympathy note is arguably the hardest to pen. It can be very difficult to find the right words, or any words really, to say. We worry about saying the wrong thing , or we feel awkward talking about such a serious matter. It’s thus often tempting not to say anything at all.

Why "Having a Mission" Can Make You Happier.

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.

Are All Your Goals Materialistic Ones?

Image courtesy of LittleStar If you’re reading Pick the Brain, it’s a fair bet that you have goals. You might even have written them down. Perhaps you read them every day, or have them pinned to a notice-board. How many of those goals are materialistic ones?

Should the First Time Homebuyers Tax Credit be Expanded and Extended?

By Xin Lu The $8000 first time homebuyer's tax credit is set to expire on November 30th. This means that those who want to take advantage of this refundable credit have only a couple months left to close on their home purchases. Since it could take 30 to 60 days to close on a home, the deals must be made soon.

Ask Unclutterer: What is clutter?

Reader Jennifer submitted the following to Ask Unclutterer: Why do so many people seem to think that if something is small, it isn’t clutter? Is the clutter in most people’s houses composed of large items? Just what kinds of things do most people consider to be “clutter”? My definition of clutter has nothing to do with size.

Pouring Concrete

You may not know it, but you’re in the concrete business… And if you’re not, you should be. Because it’ll get you more of what you want out of every aspect of your life.