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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Tornado Edition

My condolences and prayers go out to the victims of the Oklahoma tornado and other weather events in recent days. We drove pretty close to one on Sunday night and witnessed an overturned semi thanks to the sheer force of what was almost assuredly a small tornado. Prayers and condolences don’t go very far, though, …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Grilling Edition

We’ve had our first multi-day run of nice weather here in Iowa. That means getting out the grill and enjoying grilled fish, grilled vegetables, and countless other items cooked outdoors. I don’t care what it is – the smell of cooking food is tremendously invigorating, at least for me. Nothing makes the mouth water quite …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Sunburn Edition

It’s the first truly nice day of spring here in central Iowa, so what do I do? I spend virtually the entire day outside, from not too long after dawn until sunset. It felt wonderful – except for the sunburn. Even though I used sunscreen, you can tell at an immediate glance which spots I …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Rainy Afternoon Edition

The rain is falling from the sky. My work for the day is done and I actually have a few free hours. There is truly nothing that sounds more enjoyable to me in that situation than curl up in a comfortable chair with a great book. I’ll throw a blanket over me, get lost in …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Flood Waters Edition

My home town just survived what could have been a potentially devastating river flood. I simply want to say that I’m genuinely impressed with the advancements in flood prevention technology over the last twenty years. Towns are now able to hold back flood waters with surprisingly little effort compared to the floods of 1993. Much …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Boston Edition

My thoughts and condolences go out to the people of Boston this week, who are facing the type of situation that every city dreads. My wife and I had already chosen Boston as our place to visit for our tenth anniversary, and we’re more adamant about those plans than ever. The small amount we can …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Meaning of Dreams Edition

I have very lucid dreams that I can remember in incredible detail for several hours or so after I wake up. Sometimes, I’ll even write them down. Do I think they have deep meaning or have some supernatural connection? No. I do think that dreams are one way that our subconscious throws out the mental …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Longer Days Edition

One of the biggest reasons I enjoy spring is the lengthening days. Rather than the sun creeping above the horizon at 7:15 and disappearing at 4 in the afternoon, we now have days where the sun starts to peek up at about 6:30 and then disappears at about 7:30. As the spring wears on, the …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Google Glass Edition

I just spotted my first person using Google Glass (or some similar item) out in public. For those unaware, Google Glass is essentially a pair of glasses that allows you to “overlay” data on top of what you’re seeing around you. Anyway, the person using it was talking to himself and almost walked out in …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Spring Break Edition

Our children have a week off near the end of winter that’s called “spring break” but usually seems to involve cold weather and lots of late winter cabin fever. Usually, they spend some time during this week visiting grandparents, then we usually plan some sort of fun family excursion for a portion of the break. …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

As far as I can tell, far more efficiency and productivity is lost due to the switch to and from Daylight Savings Time than is gained due to the shift in daylight hours. The best solution, in my opinion, is to simply pick one time or the other and stick with it. No more silly …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Snow Shoulders Edition

I enjoy the process of shoveling snow provided that the snow doesn’t measure in the feet. It can take anywhere from half an hour to two hours to clear the driveway and sidewalks around our house (depending on the snow level) and it’s a good workout throughout. The thing is, the snowfall here has been …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Questionable Weather Forecasts Edition

Last week, the local weather forecasts were predicting a giant winter storm. Some forecasts were projecting as much as twenty inches of snow in our area. We got a total of two and a half inches. Earlier this week, forecasts were projecting a 20% chance of snow for us and, if we did get any, …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Novel Editing Edition

You write a novel. You revise it. You think it’s really good. You get someone to help you edit it. They immediately point out a hundred problems with the novel, most of which are due to the things you just assume in your head about the characters without actually setting down on paper. You feel …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Construction Progress Edition

Out of the window of my office, I’ve had the pleasure of watching an ongoing home construction project. The project has been ongoing for the past two or three months, so I’ve been able to watch almost every step along the way, from the digging and pouring of the foundation to the erection of the …

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #112

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. I love looking at peoples’ bookshelves. It often opens the door to a great connection with someone. Today, I’m sharing some of those glimpses from people who have made share-able …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Barefoot Edition

Most of the time, when I’m working at home, I’m barefoot. I don’t like wearing socks, even in the heart of winter. During the summer, this isn’t a problem. If I want to go work outside, I just go outside barefoot. This doesn’t quite work in the winter, of course, so I’ll often literally put …

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Ten Pieces of Inspiration #111

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. Over the past week, the weather here has been brutal: a small blizzard, a batch of freezing rain, a very rapid thaw, a very hard freeze, frigid wind chills, and …

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The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Art Supply Edition

Our children engage in so many art projects that we keep a small corner in our dining room set aside for their miscellaneous art supplies and in-progress art projects. Pretty much every single day, our children clear off some of the dining room table and cut/paint/draw/build something. The only tricky part with this is that …

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