January 13 2017

Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

Three Awesome Things This Week, and One Sad

Another cold and wintry week, another little handful of awesome things that I have stumbled upon.  I reveled in a rustic winter wonderland that miraculously exists in the middle of the densest city in America.  I started reading a book that kept me in the snow, inside my apartment, while…

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January 10 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness

The Upside of Losing Your Cool

My oldest son turned 9 this past week, and I am aghast over how all the little changes that have been quietly adding up over the past decade suddenly seem to have happened all at once, overnight.  Who is this tall boy creating his own video games and animations on…

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January 04 2017

Living in Brooklyn

Three Awesome Things This Week & One Horrifying

I am the queen of email folders.  My email folder at work, broken down by all my clients and then broken down further by various other topics and categories, is a marvel to behold, I promise you.  I love throwing things into email folders when I want to file them…

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December 29 2016

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Sanity

Books & Music are the Cure for your Internet-Induced Brain Malaise

I spend a fair amount of time online, like many people in the first world on planet Earth.  And like many of those people, I recognize that it is crushing my soul, even as I struggle to tear myself away. I ask myself, over and over… Why am I…

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December 19 2016

Money,Sanity

A Moment to Acknowledge Reality & the Poor

At this time of year, some people take a moment to reflect on the poor.  Others, of course, dedicate their lives to the the poor.  But many people who are not poor do not spend a lot of time thinking about the poor. “The poor.”  Sounds like a…

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December 12 2016

Family,Saving Money

Five Christmas Gifts for My Kids that Won’t be Money Wasted

I actually think my sons were trolling me this week by playing with toys from last Christmas that they have not looked at since December 26th.   Is it possible they are actually trying to upend my quest not to waste my money this year? Every year I end up buying…

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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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