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By Trent Hamm

What Other People Think IS Your Business

In a recent Facebook update, author Paulo Coehlo, shared the following:And, more than 37,000 people promptly “liked” the idea.

How to Feed Your Soul for Cheap: 12 Ways to Enjoy High Culture for Less

This post is from new GRS staff writer Donna Freedman. Donna writes the Living With Less personal finance column for MSN Money, and writes about frugality, intentional living and lifeitsownself at Surviving And Thriving. The Seattle Art Museum is hosting a show called “Picasso: Masterpieces From the Musee National Picasso, Paris” through 12 January 2011.

Productivity Doesn’t Mean Doing More

Ever tell yourself “I should be more productive?” When you think that, you’re probably imagining doing more.

How to Make a Secret Book Safe

I love anything with secret compartments. From the big (secret passageways) to the small (a secret pocket in a jacket), there’s just something delightful about things that are hidden away. Which is why I’ve always been drawn to book safes. They combine my love for secret compartments with my love for books.

Mountain and Sackett 2010 Holiday Tie Giveaway

It’s back! Our semi bi-annual Mountain & Sackett giveaway is here again. I love Mountain & Sackett ties. They’re a family-owned business that’s been making ties right here in the U.S. of A since 1957. And the quality of their ties can’t be beat. Other companies use machines to pump out hundreds of ties an hour.

Out With The Old, In With The New: Clean Out Your Closets and Liquidate

Throughout the month of December, The Simple Dollar is posting a daily series focusing on specific activities you can do right now to set the stage for a great 2011. Out with the old, in with the new. 7. Clean out your closets and liquidate. Even after a few rounds of doing this very thing, our closets are still loaded with stuff. Accumulated but largely unwanted Christmas presents.

Video: Do Something EVERY Day.

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 -- last month's theme was Attitude, and last week's resolution was Make the positive argument. Did you try to follow that resolution? Did it help to boost your happiness?

Are E-Books Cost Effective? The Pros and Cons of E-Books

Yesterday, Google opened its ebookstore for business. The search giant joins Apple and Amazon (and Barnes & Noble) in a fast-growing field. Electronic books will never completely replace paper books, but they’re going to make up a sizable portion — and maybe even the majority — of the market sooner than you think. Naturally, more and more GRS readers are moving to e-books.


Materials: recycled Ikea stools Description: Not my hack, but thought you would be interested. Wahala Temi’s "Afrikea" chair is made from recycled Ikea stools and is part of the "The Global Africa Project" at the Museum of Arts and Design.

Meet the AppStorm Blogs

Two years ago we started a little side project to review and roundup apps. Being bloggers, a kick-ass WordPress setup was the natural way to go. My little brother threw in a great idea for a name, and we lucked out when a super talented blogger named David Appleyard showed up offering to run the project.

Toddler time

Materials: Spontan magnet board Description: I used pinstripe tape, fabric covered cardboard arrow and shrinky-dinks to create a "clock" for toddlers. Full tutorial is found on my blog. See more of Toddler time. ~ Ruth

Your Life, Your Rules. Here’s How To Make Sure You’re The Boss

“You’re not the boss of me!” My sister stared in my eyes and spit those words when she was two. I’ve said it to several people in my life. You probably have, too; probably with passion. It’s true, they aren’t the boss of you. You are.

Managing a Business Through Proper Documentation

When it comes to running a successful business, nothing is guaranteed. People search every day for the magic pill, the secret clue that will transform their business and help it burst through the wall between themselves and overnight success. But like everything else in life, there’s no easy way to go about it.

Making It All Work – In the Real World

This is the nineteenth entry in a twenty part series discussing the wonderful time and priority management book Making It All Work by David Allen. New entries in this series will appear on Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings through December 10. Much of this book focuses not on the day-to-day actions that fill our lives, but on a broader view of them.

Suspension Bridge Shelf

Materials: MARKOR series home entertainment combo plus EKBY BJÄRNUM wall shelf bracket; Extra shelves from the "as is" section; castors on the coffee table so the footstool can live underneath Description: Mounting the bridge shelf to the wall above the TV was proving more difficult than we thought... We came up with an elegant solution without having to drill holes in the wall!