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By John Wesley

How to Get Ready for a Camping Trip Like an Old School Boy Scout

Editor’s Note: Today’s post from Hutch on the 10 Essentials of Outdoor Adventures reminded me of a great passage I recently came across in The American Boys’ Handybook of Camp-Lore and Woodcraft from 1920. It offers a fun look  at how Boys Scouts were taught to get ready for camping trips almost a century ago.

The 10 Essentials for Outdoor Adventures

Every man has a different idea of what constitutes a “necessity” when venturing out into the wilderness.  For one man, a fire source and a good blade may be all that is required, while for the next, GPS and a full outdoor kitchen setup might be considered indispensable.  While experienced hikers, climbers, and other adventurous sorts most likely have their packing list down to a science, th

The 1-Step Plan for Super-Productivity

Ready to super-charge your productivity? All you have to do is get up early. Here’s why you should, and how you can…

When the Bank of Mom and Dad Closes Up Shop

Recently, I had a long email exchange with a reader who asked me not to reprint her story, but gave me permission to discuss it in general terms (I showed her this post and she approved it). This reader – let’s call her Annie – is 38 years old.

SpiderOak Storage and Backup Review

SpiderOak offers a service similar to Dropbox.  However, where Dropbox seems to be concentrating on ease of use and simplicity, SpiderOak seems focused on creating powerful software with many different options. The downside is that SpiderOak isn’t something you are probably going to have your grandma setup for herself.

lessons from a car-free life

‘The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.’ ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Post written by Leo Babauta. This past summer, my family (my wife, me, six kids) finally gave up our car. It was a liberating and scary experience. We’ve been dependent on our automobile for so many years that giving it up was unthinkable.

A Bulletproof Way To Build A Much Better You

Asking for help can be hard, especially if you’re used to doing things on your own. But inevitably life’s gonna hand you a situation that leaves you asking for help. We need others to live a rich, full life- and that includes asking others for help from time to time.

Global Freelancer Survey Extended!

In order to gather enough data to fairly represent freelancers world wide, we’ve extended the run of the 2010 Global Freelancer Survey! We want to create a complete view of freelancers around the world–and we need your help.

Three common organizing mistakes

If you’ve hit a stumbling block in your organizing process, you may have come up against one of the three common organizing mistakes: Choosing form over function. It’s easy to fall in love with aesthetically appealing organizing products.

Join My Creation Tribe, Be In My Next Book?

So, you’ve probably seen me hinting around this for a few months, but now it’s official…I’m working on my next book, publishing with the fabulous team at Portfolio and I’m deep into it already.The working title is Beyond Creation: How to Stake Your Claim to Genius Without Losing Your Mind.Though, as often happens, that’s not necessarily the final title.This will

Reader Mailbag: Thanksgiving Week

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. A scary future 2. Effects of Kindle giveaway 3. Hiding savings from spouse 4. College accounts for grandchildren 5. Too much retirement, too young? 6. Snowblower? 7. Helping a financially distressed friend 8.

Wrap it up in silver

One of the things I discovered during my uncluttering process is that silver wrapping paper works for every gift-giving occasion — weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, baby showers, housewarming, etc. — and when you only have a few tubes of wrapping paper to store, it takes up very little space in a closet.

Emergency Fund vs. Debt Snowball: What’s the Top Priority?

This post is from staff writer Sierra Black. Sierra writes about frugality, sustainable living, and getting her kids to eat kale at Childwild.com. A few weeks ago, in my review of Mary Hunt’s Debt-Proof Your Marriage, I mentioned that she advocates building a 3-6 month emergency fund before beginning to snowball your debt payments.

5 Must-Read Life Lessons from Gandhi

Mohandas Gandhi was the pre-eminent ideological and political leader of India during the Indian independence movement.