Money: 100 Ways to Keep More Money in Your Pocket


Last night some friends and I held a brainstorming session on Facebook about ways to save or make money. Here’s what we have so far: Hold clothing swaps with your friends – everyone brings their never-wear-but-too-good-to-get-rid-of clothes, shoes and accessories. Shop at thrift stores. Split entrees at restaurants, or take leftovers home. Look on Craigslist or EBay first for electronics …

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Style: How to Fix a Hole in a Cashmere Sweater

While our boots straighten themselves up in the closet, anxiously awaiting to traipse and frolic in the chill of fall, our cashmere tends to come out beaten and defeated from wily critters that take a bite from the most inconvenient places. It makes me sad. Here’s a cashmere sweater I got for $1 at the thrift store. I figured I …

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Health: Detoxing Your Home Can Make You Worried Sick

Today’s post comes courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine Do You Have a Detoxifying Obsession? By Linda Formichelli It all started, innocently enough, with the dryer sheets a few months ago. While they might make your laundry smell like a summer day, I had just read that the flimsy leaflets actually coat your clothes with a thin layer of toxic chemicals. …

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I just returned from a seven-day road trip. There is very little glamor, after at least five of these now, in traveling with a slightly stinky beagly mutt in a Prius. And a man who can do a scary-good Tom Jones.  But I can say this, now that I’m letting the rumble of the road wear off with a fresh …

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Chris Jordan

Today I brought this amazing artist, Chris Jordan, to work to talk to our people. 120 RSVP’d. Maybe half of that showed up. No execs, really, which is what I’d wanted. It is days like this that I think I’m in a small army of people who are trying to make a difference in how we live as Americans, how …

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The things that mean the most

Photo credit: Can you call fire nature? Is it fair to say that nature is kicking our collective human asses? Tonight, the fire continues to blaze behind the hills, behind my safe and quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. It’s drapes like a big scary necklace around the hills. There have been no whisperings from neighbors to evacuate, but — just in …

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California is burning

One of the four fires is just above the hill. Glendale is filled with a sick brown smoke, veiling the mountains. I keep going to Malibu to breathe clean air. In the middle of the night I turned on my air conditioner and woke up a couple hours later to a room filled with smoke. We don’t have to evacuate, …

Vanessa McGradyCalifornia is burning