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The Simple Dollar

By Trent Hamm

Slow Down and Enjoy Relationships

I keep my time saved in a box From going fast in cars I’ve piled it up high From saying hello to friends with a quick goodbye ~Kathryn Williams, Flicker Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Corey Allan of Simple Marriage. The world is seemingly moving at a faster pace. Everywhere you turn, the pace is quick.

Let’s All Find Awesome Jobs

In one recent interview, a reporter made a comment about my book reviews. “I read several of them, and they all seem to be positive,” she said. “Do you like every book you read?” No, of course not. In fact, my friends would tell you that I’m generally pretty critical of the stuff I read. However, I don’t see the point of reviewing books I hate.

Getting the Best from Customer Service

Late last week, the New York Times published an article of reader-collected techniques for prevailing in customer service disputes. Here’s a sampling of a few of my favorites from the article: USE YOUR CAMERA Suzanne Barchers of Stanford, Calif., always photographs any unpleasant surprises in hotel rooms, using her handy digital camera.

From bland Ikea dresser to kiddy delight

Materials: Rast chest of drawers Description: This started life as a paint job gone horribly wrong. Eventually, after I hid the thing in the closet for months, I decided to give it a second try. I sanded down the whole thing to get rid of the bad shellack job (not mine), then gave it 4 coats of paint and one coat of clear lacquer.

Vocation: Action Versus Dreams

Editor’s note: In conjunction with the two-part series we’re doing on vocation and calling, we will be publishing excerpts from Self-Culture Through the Vocation by Edward Howard Griggs (1914). Actions Versus Dreams Since the vocation is a way of life, is it not a pity that it is currently regarded merely as an opportunity of making a living?

Video: Keep a Food Journal.

2010 Happiness Challenge: For those of you following the 2010 Happiness Project Challenge, to make 2010 a happier year – and even if you haven’t officially signed up for the challenge -- this month's theme is Mindfulness. Last week's resolution was Use cues to cultivate mindfulness. Did you follow that resolution? How did you do?

The Role of Lighting

Did you know that a single two-second distraction can cost you 15 minutes of your day? When your concentration is interrupted, it takes up to 15 minutes to get your focus back. Our ambient sounds help reduce the amount of noise distractions in your workplace.

Super swank wall-o-shelves dresser

Materials: Expedit bookcases, Lekman bins Description: We had two of the big daddy Expedit book cases and were using them with Lekman bins as a dresser. As you can see, it's not so hot looking to be able to see all of your clothes and such through the plastic, so we decided to make fronts. We bought foam core board, and cut them to size.

The iPad as a writing coach’s dream

Use the iPad to overcome writer's block? Interesting theory about writing rituals.

Jennifer Magnolfi of Herman Miller on Innovating in the Workspace

Moveable walls, a magic wand? Anecdotes from an office/furniture design guru.

Why Not Walk Away from My Mortgage?

Kelli writes in: My husband and I are sitting on a thirty year mortgage (with twenty six years left to go). We still owe $330,000 on our home. A week ago, a very similar home to ours two blocks away sold for $220,000, so we’re under water by at least $100,000. We are thinking of just walking away from this mortgage and renting an apartment for a while until our credit clears up.

Motivation tips for slackers

Today we welcome guest post writer Chaya Goodman, editor of the website Networx. Chaya’s website provides information on how to fix, renovate, and decorate your house. I spent most of my life procrastinating, and, as a result, lived in very messy, cluttered apartments.

Find a Collaboration Partner That Fits Your Style

A good collaboration is like a good marriage. You want someone you feel that you can trust, and you especially want someone who compliments your style. When a client picks you, they pick you for your style, techniques, portfolio, and value. Likewise, you want someone that can match the clients requests as well as your own.

Horrifying 12-day Cool Whip Experiment

Two years ago, I did a 12-day Cool Whip experiment to demonstrate to my daughter the impact of chemicals on food…and on us. The outcome was so bizarre, it left quite an impression. And, I shared the results in this very post.


Materials: Lack, Broder Description: My son finally deserved a desk. He's a Transformer fan, and I had some Lack shelves to be recycled. The structure is made of Broder rails and cantilevers, the desk itself with the shelves, silver and red, in perfect "transformer style". The height of the working surfaces can be changed following child growth.