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No Impact Man

By Colin Beavan

How to Go From Sedentary to Running in Five Steps

As a runner, there is almost nothing in this world that can take me to the places that running does. I find solitude in my running, I find my thoughts and my peace, I find energy and motivation, I come up with my best ideas and solve my toughest problems. Running transforms me. I try to encourage others to run, but even if they want to do it, they don’t know how.

Freelance Radio, Episode 16: ORE-GONE

The sixteenth episode of Freelance Radio, the official FreelanceSwitch podcast, is now available! It’s our third mailbag episode–all reader/listener mail, all the time! Subscriptions to the podcast are available via iTunes and an archive of all podcasts will appear in the podcast section. We hope you enjoy it! Subscribe to Freelance Radio on iTunes

A happy idea for a new family tradition: a guessing game.

I’m a big believer in family traditions. I’m also a big believer in the idea that children get a big kick out of even relatively small gestures, so that it’s worth taking the time to jazz things up a bit, in easy ways. A friend of mine has a great tradition when she and her husband travel away from their children.

Subscribe to Craigslist Search Results to Grab Great Deals

You’ve been watching Craigslist for a good deal on a hedge trimmer, but you just aren’t having any luck. By the time you find a good listing, it’s been up for an hour and the HedgeHog XR is long gone. You could sit and refresh the farm+garden category constantly, but that’s a waste of time. (Besides, what would your boss think?) Fortunately, there’s a better way.

The Hidden Health Benefit to Active Lifestyles

photo credit: mikebaird It seems like everyone has diet advice. If one was so inclined, he could spend hours on google and health sites learning the latest tricks and tips to losing weight. As for myself, I’m not that patient. However, there’s always been a tried-and-true method for losing weight for me: Staying active. An Active Lifestyle

Remembering George Carlin

George Carlin, my favorite comedian of all time, passed away last night at the age of 71. He was controversial, insightful, and most of all hilarious. His commentary on culture and politics were second to none and his no-holds-barred style of stand-up comedy will be missed.

The Economics of Children’s Birthday Parties

Recently, a young child that lives nearby (age six or so) had a large birthday party at his home for all the children on the block that were approximately the same age (four year olds to eight year olds, roughly). The party was in the family’s fenced-in backyard and included a magician, two horses, and a barbecue with a folk music band for all of the adults.

Depression-era mindset and clutter

My grandmother passed away in 2002. She was old enough to remember being a child in Pittsburgh during the Great Depression. She used to tell stories about her childhood to let us know how lucky we were to have all of the things that we were undoubtedly taking for granted. She remembered sharing what little clothing she had with her two sisters and squeezing her feet into shoes that no longer fit.

Reader Mailbag #16

Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.

Are you still living by the finger?

As I watched my 6-year old daughter update her blog this morning (yes, she has a blog, no, you can’t see it, it’s passworded for family only), I noticed her doing something pretty unusual. Between each word, she’d hit the space bar four or five times.

Michelle Haimoff: Write the Rules

Sometimes the life of a freelancer actually more closely resembles that of a person with multiple full-time jobs. This is certainly true for writer/blogger/journalist Michelle Haimoff - president and founder of ThePanelist.com, an online magazine about socially conscious investing, as well as author of guidebook Secret New York, and regular contributor to numerous publications.

Small Changes Are the Building Blocks of Financial Success

Though Kris and I are fairly adept in the yard and garden, we sometimes struggle with home maintenance tasks. When I prune the camellia hedge too hard (as I did in April), it may look ugly for a few months, but I know that nature will erase my mistake in time. A house is less forgiving.

Vestby light filter panels

Chris uses a Vestby (right) wardrobe panel as a filter for his windows.He says, "Probably one of the simplest hacks out there.

No more Organize subscriptions

I am sad to report to you that after our post last week on My favorite organizing magazines, I learned that Organize magazine is no longer taking subscriptions. I received the following text in an e-mail from the magazine’s editor:

5 Ways to Improve Sexual Intimacy

How often do you want to make love with your partner? How often does your partner want to make love?