Thanks for your support over the past few days. It means a lot to me. The first memorial service for my friend Sparky is tomorrow afternoon, and there will be another one next week.

Actual blog posts at GRS will resume tomorrow. I have guest posts scheduled from Wednesday to Sunday, and I expect a couple of more pieces to come in for early next week. On Thursday — assuming I’m in a good mental place — I’ll begin writing articles and answering e-mail again.

Meanwhile, here are a few personal finance stories from around the web:

In another great article at Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk explains why all your goals are bad for you. She writes, “Most of us set goals for ourselves to do things that are difficult for us to do. Instead, how about setting goals to work hard at something that is actually a pleasure?” I love this advice, especially the part about there being only one goal: finding your best self.

On a related note, Tim O’Reilly argues that it’s important to work on stuff that matters. He enumerates three points:

  1. Work on something that matters to you more than money.
  2. Create more value than you capture.
  3. Take the long view.

All three of these are unspoken driving principles here at Get Rich Slowly. I know they might seem hard to apply to all jobs (how would I have used them at the box factory?), but I think they’re fantastic first principles for finding a vocation.

On a different topic, when I still hoped to devote my attention to National Thrift Week, I planned to highlight a recent article at The Reductionist. Neimanmarxist writes about “what frugality means to me“. This is a nice essay, and does a good job of capturing some of my own feelings about thrift.

Finally, please stop sending me anti-Obama links. I’m not going to post them. I don’t post pro-Obama links, either. Nor did I post links in opposition to or in favor of President Bush. Get Rich Slowly is not a political blog, and it’s not about to become one. The political divisiveness in the U.S. makes me tense, and I refuse to contribute to it.

(This doesn’t mean GRS always avoids controversial topics. They’re usually approached in guest posts, however, such as Why religion is an important part of personal finance or an upcoming guest article on environmentalism. When I feature stories like these, it’s not as an attempt to promote an agenda, but as a chance to share some facet of personal finance that’s important to many people. But raw politics? No thanks.)