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A Better Life through Lifting Weights

We all like to imagine that we’re a special snowflake – unique and perfect as we are, with no one else like us in the whole world. For the most part this is a lie, and a big reason why it is a lie is because we generally define ourselves by our viewpoints and by what we consume. You may…

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Weight Training 101

I was down in the dumps this last summer. I felt like I wasn’t making any headway in life, or doing anything particularly noteworthy that would change that situation. I don’t know how other people deal with depression, but whenever it happens to me I usually start looking up new subjects and reading my way out of it. Coincidentally however,…

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A Lying Woman

Rental Horror Story #3: A Bad, Bad Lady

Dicken’s once wrote that “This is the best of times, this is the worst of times” and truer words have seldom been spoken. My life has been fantastic in many respects this year, but the rental situation with my latest tenant is horrific. Even worse, I had a gut feeling this would happen with her, and I still let it…

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Plato and Aristotle

The Real World and Integrity

Every once in a great while you feel like things just click, that the many strands of thought and experiences you’ve had suddenly develop a pattern, a commonality that you had never grasped before. I realized this in several aspects of my life recently, but one that I want to talk about today is the idea that there is a…

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Rental Horror Story #2: Three Strikes and You’re Out

I seem to be whiffing lately when it comes to the quality of my tenants. For those who don’t remember, after a scary night with my last roommate’s girlfriend, he decided to move out and I needed to get new tenants for basement mother-in-law suite. I put the unit on the market for $850/mo + 1/2 the internet bill and…

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Water and FIRE: Dating and Frugality Don’t Mix

Her shoulders stiffed and her smile became like plastic. Shutters went down behind her eyes and her fingers went inert, like sticks of dry kindling. My date was not going well in the slightest! What did I say to make her draw back so much? That I had just paid off my student loans and was saving more money than…

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Tactical Guide to Women

Book Review: The Tactical Guide to Women by Shawn T. Smith

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Isaac Netwon gave this profound quote centuries ago, but its spirit lives on today when we meet authors who truly add to our understanding of how the world works and how disparate schools of thought relate to each other at a deeper level than expected.…

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FIRE on the Cheap

What are the best ways to improve your life with the least amount of money? The FIRE movement is about much more than the 4% rule, compounding returns, and house hacking. It is in large part about how to create a low stress, meaningful life with the freedom to do what you want. However, the journey can easily take a…

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Failure to Launch

“I’m a grown adult. It’s my money, I earned it, and I’ll do what I want with it!” A friend of mine shouted these words recently when he dropped a bomb on me: he was thinking of moving out of his parents’ house. This is a minor miracle  – he is 33 and except for a year or two has lived…

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The Creator of the Sun and Moon

Even God Agrees: You Should Retire Early

That’s right, I said it: Even God thinks that you should retire early.  I know what you’re thinking: “Man, I just wanted to learn about early retirement. Why did you need to bring religion into this? We were getting along so well.”  I’m sorry, but I bring it up to make a point. Many here in the FIRE community propose…

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