December 01 2016

Happiness

Enjoy the Christmas Good, Survive the Bad

Even though I am usually a bit of an emotional wreck, and Christmastime is an emotional minefield, it’s still my favorite time of the year.  Everything about it is in my wheelhouse.  Old-timey traditions, romantic street-scapes, rustic cozy decorations, Christmas music, out-of-their-mind-happy…

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November 28 2016

Happiness,Sanity

Shopping is not your Civic Duty

The gospel of frugality has a lot of different branches.  Some people are looking to survive paychecks that don’t go far enough. Others embrace minimalism in the hope of finding peace and simplicity.  Some are working to ensure a secure, or even early, retirement. Many care about wastefulness…

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November 21 2016

Family

So, Thanksgiving is Going to be Interesting…

The period from just before Halloween right up to Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year.  The warmth that comes during this period is something I revel in.  I’m always amazed at how I cannot get that warm feeling back after my holiday decorations come down…

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November 16 2016

Family,Happiness

Why We Need Santa

The  innocence of childhood is like a creamy white jug of milk – wholesome, pure, beautiful and marked with a looming expiration date.  All children must grow up. We wouldn’t have it any other way.  But those moments of revelation that leapfrog your child closer to their grown…

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November 11 2016

Living in Brooklyn

Feeling Small

In the aftermath of the election, I am having a hard time finding my way forward.  Nothing makes any sense, all of the sudden.  My job, never a huge focus of my life, feels absurd, pointless.  Reading the news feels equally useless.  Where has it gotten me to know what…

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November 01 2016

Family,Productivity,Sanity,Work

The 6-8 pm Makeover

Ask any working parents what the hardest part of the day is.  Mornings get all the limelight, but, for me, it’s no contest.  The 6-8 pm hours are the absolute most brutal of the day.  Few tasks are more herculean than orchestrating that minuscule window between getting…

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October 26 2016

Family

Riding in Cars with Boys

Most of our relatives live within driving distance.  So we are often packing our boys up to take a road trip to one family member’s house or another.  Or a ski mountain or some other family friendly destination.  I’m ok with this because I absolutely hate…

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October 23 2016

Sanity

Beware the Outrage Industry

As we continue our tragic descent through the mud of the ugliest presidential campaign in modern memory, one thing stands out to me: we’ve arrived in an age of constant outrage.  Our little outrage buttons are just primed to be pushed by whatever is in the news on…

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October 18 2016

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing

Why You Really Should Take a Hike

Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect behind Brooklyn’s beloved Prospect Park (and that other park across the East River) once wrote, “It is a scientific fact that the occasional contemplation of natural scenes of an impressive character … is favorable to the health and vigor of…

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October 07 2016

Living in Brooklyn

Renter Blues, AC Edition

Renting instead of owning is definitely not my preference.  We do it because we have no choice.  Though we do enjoy the upside of being debt-free, including mortgage-free.  But there are times when you cannot help but being extremely frustrated by the lack of control that is present…

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