Ever since discovering Action Girl’s Guide to Living, I’ve used it as a sort of inspiration for my own life. I especially like point #2:

Support others’ actions. Support what other people do; spend your time and money on things done for something other than profit. This doesn’t mean you can’t buy the new U2 album — but try to buy things from that cool local band, too.

One way I try to do this is by highlighting cool projects from Get Rich Slowly readers. For the past month, I’ve been running an ad in the sidebar for Dave Bull’s awesome woodblock prints. (I’ve even spent some time watching Dave work from his webcam!)

Recently Tsilli Pines dropped me a line to tell me about one of her projects:

I’m a longtime reader of your blog and wanted to tell you how much I appreciate what you’re doing. I’m also writing to let you know about an art show that I have opening in May in Portland. The work I’m showing is called “The Figures” and each piece is a take on some aspect of finance. Here’s a sneak peak. There’s an opening reception the evening of May 1 (First Thursday) and the show will be up through the end of the month.

If you’re in Portland, you may want to check it out. Tsilli also wanted me to share links to First Thursday in the Pearl and Galleries of Downtown San Francisco. I’m happy to promote reader projects. If you’ve done something cool (especially if it’s not web-related), feel free to point me to it.

But you folks don’t come here to read about art, do you? You come here for personal finance! Here are some recent articles that caught my interest:

First up is a link I’ve been saving for two weeks. At Free Money Finance, a guest poster explained the differences between money, currency, and wealth. This is a fascinating post, and I’d be curious to hear the thoughts of GRS readers with more economics education than I have.

Single Guy Money’s 16-year-old cousin wants to be “rich like you”. What does this mean? He wants a nice car, a nice house, and nice things. Single Guy Money tried to explain the realities of wealth. “I told him looks can be deceiving,” he writes. “I am not rich and I am far from it. If I had taken my own advice that I gave him, I would be in a much better financial position.”

Finally, here’s an HTML version of economist Henry Hazlitt’s Economics in One Lesson. I haven’t read it, and I don’t know if there’s a political bias to the material, but the parts I’ve skimmed were intriguing. I intend to take a closer look in the future.

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