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By Mark Shead

RSS Creativity: Routines, Systems, Spontaneity

Most stories about creativity are stories about the 1%. We hear about the moment of inspiration – Archimedes leaping from his bath, Coleridge hallucinating “Kubla Khan” in an opium reverie.

The Cinnamon Bear: An Old-Time Radio Christmas Tradition

Because I love The Cinnamon Bear so much, I post this exact same article every year on the 29th of November. This year is no different. If you have young children — and even if you don’t — I encourage you to listen to these old radio broadcasts with your family. Holiday traditions don’t have to be expensive.

Review: The Leap

Every other Sunday, The Simple Dollar reviews a personal growth, personal productivity, or career book. This is a book I wish I had my hands on about two years ago. I was working at a job I liked, but I also felt that there were several directions in which I was unable to spread my wings. The work I was doing was slowly moving in a less creative direction over time.

A year ago on Unclutterer

2008 Easily limit e-mail access while on vacationIf someone believes that they can’t wait until you return from your vacation to get into touch with you, they can use AwayFind to get an emergency message to you. Unitasker Wednesday: Sweater dryerNow you can speed up the dry time by up to 75% with the Sweater Dryer with Fan. Thanksgiving wishesHappy Thanksgiving to all our readers! Workspace

Some Thoughts on the Prosperity Gospel

Quite often, I’m emailed about a subject so frequently that I decide that, instead of just writing the same answer again and again, I should just write an article about it so I can point new emailers to the article.

Weekly Link Round-Up: November 28, 2009

Last Chance to Donate to Movember! You have just two more days to punch prostate cancer in the throat. Movember ends this Monday. The Art of Manliness team has raised $6,400 so far. If you haven’t already, please consider donating a few dollars to The Art of Manliness Team. You can also help support Movember by buying our Man’s Guide to the Holiday’s ebook.

Freelance Radio, Episode 40: Non-Compete Agreements

The latest episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! This episode, the panel (John Brougher, Dickie Adams, Kristen Fischer and Von Glitschka) talks about non-compete agreements. Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section.

How to Want Very Little

Editor’s note: This is a guest post from David Turnbull of Adventures of a Barefoot Geek. There are two challenges that people face when choosing to live a more simpler life: owning little and wanting little. Yet people fuse these challenges together into a larger “live simply” goal.

The Simple Dollar Time Machine: November 28, 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, two years ago this week, and three years ago this week.

Don’t Just Thank…Act!

This article is by staff writer Adam Baker. Baker has recently come to realize that there will always be an excuse not to give if you look for one. As the holiday season approaches each year, we’re reminded to reflect on those things we’re most thankful for. Some of these remain consistent from year to year.

Making Buyers

Yesterday, my four year old son was watching a television program at his grandparents’ home. At our own home, we don’t watch much non-PBS programming at all, so this was one of my son’s first real exposures to advertising. I came into the room after he had been watching for about forty minutes and started to get his coat on and get him ready to go.

Da' Buy World: Considering "Blue Saturday"

By Jabulani Leffall Looking for bargain prices on items you know you don't need is kind of like building man-made islands in the Persian Gulf and Indian Oceans in the shape of the world, hoping that people will buy them for millions of dollars and live on them, despite rising sea levels. Let me say that with the exception of a pancake breakfast for my son, I boycotted Black Friday. For this post,

Recycle small electronics for free through the USPS

While mailing a few holiday packages earlier in the week, I spotted these small recycling bags at my local US Post Office: If you have small consumer electronics cluttering up a drawer or cupboard in your home, you can send them off to be recycled at no charge through the USPS in these postage-paid mailers. From the USPS website: Mail it back with USPS!

Lazy susan yarn swift

Porro made this cool yarn swift from a Rationell Variera pot lid organizer and Snudda Lazy Susan. It's pretty easy to achieve too. Just mark the spots where you want to place the lid organizers. Drill holes and screw them in. Visit her blog for her yarn swift instructions.

What Are You Putting Off? How to Get On With It in 3 Steps

Most of us put things off. Sometimes, we put off getting started or making progress on big projects... and other times, we put off small tasks that sound simple on paper but seem like a big effort to do.The problem is, the more we put something off, the harder it is to get going on it. Our resistance to doing it gets greater and greater ...