Go Exploring (185/365)

During the first few summers of my marriage, Sarah and I would go camping roughly every other weekend. We loved going to a new park,

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Big Groups Edition

My natural tendency when I’m in a big group is to clam up and avoid people. I often remember going to professional conventions in my


Teach Yourself a Skill You’ve Always Wanted to Learn (184/365)

About two years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I didn’t do this for any other reason than

Actively Opposing Personal Change

Recently, I’ve been exchanging emails with Lisa, a reader who came to me with a story that’s achingly famililar. Rather than quoting twenty paragraphs of


Learn a New Card Game (183/365)

One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed over the years is that many extended families, when they all congregate, have a card game that many members of

Reader Mailbag: Swimming and Hair

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


Play Games for Free Online (182/365)

I’ve been an electronic gamer most of my life. I was playing games on my older brother’s Atari when I was four. I mastered Super