After nearly two weeks of vacation, I’m itching to get back to work. Still, my actual return date isn’t until next Monday. I’ve read a half dozen personal finance books (and written notes on several for future reviews), have plotted a few big posts, and am generally eager to interact with the GRS community again!

However, I’m going to stick to my guns and continue with guest posts for the rest of the week. Meanwhile, here are a few articles I’ve enjoyed from around the web:

After posting Gail Vaz-Oxlade’s guest post about learning to live modestly on Saturday, I was surprised to learn that she’s actually a Canadian personal-finance celebrity. I’m embarrassed to have not realized that when she submitted her article. Since then, though, I’ve dug through her sites. She has a great blog, and her business site features some excellent articles, including this list of 12 steps to getting financially organized. Look for more from Gail at GRS in the future.

NPR often has interesting personal-finance stories. Right now they’re broadcasting a series called American Moxie: How We Get By, which features stories of “Americans with moxie during these tough economic times”. (In an ironic twist, the reporter who developed the series was recently laid off by NPR.)

Finally, I know this may not seem like it has much to do with getting rich slowly, but I think it has everything to do with the subject. Last year, Elite Feet (a site for runners) shared the legend of Cliff Young, a 61-year-old farmer who won the world’s toughest race, a 543.7 mile (875km) run from Sydney to Melbourne, Australia. How’d he do it? He just kept plugging along, and he didn’t give up. He had moxie!

Note: Tomorrow I’m scheduled to conduct an interview with Tom and David Gardner, the Motley Fools. If you have a question you’d like me to ask them about investing, let me know!

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