November 10 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

New York Holiday Traditions will Get You Excited for Winter

Have I mentioned that the time between Halloween and Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year? There are so many reasons why, but I think what I love most is returning to the special things that I always do this time of year. There’s just something about…

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October 24 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Outdoors

Hiking the Bear Mountain Loop with Kids

I’ve been a little AWOL. Fall is so busy and work has been draining, leaving little energy for my extra-curricular pontificating. But, truthfully, I’ve been so consumed with the horror stories in the news, mainly in relation to the mass, seemingly institutionalized, sexual harassment and…

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September 29 2017

Greater Good

The Case for Compassion

Americans never fail to be swept by a collective moral imperative to help people when disaster strikes.  There is some genuine compassion at the core of who we are as a nation. After a hurricane (or at least a hurricane on the mainland), our government mobilizes to make massive federal…

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September 22 2017

Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

A Cardinal Story

Ever since last winter when we hung a bird feeder off our fire escape and started spending time staring out the window, we have seen a male and female cardinal most days.  I’ve always wondered if it was the same couple that I saw every day.  I just…

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September 06 2017

Consumerism,Greater Good

Buy Your Stuff from B Corps to Save the World

I don’t want to frighten anyone by unleashing my inner Che Guevara, but I have a lot of complaints about stuff. A crappy cable monopoly just bought my existing crappy cable monopoly and now my crappy cable service is just as crappy, except also more expensive. I also…

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August 15 2017

Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing

Great Beginner Family Hikes in Lake Placid

When we went on our first family trip to Lake Placid a few years back, hiking wasn’t really on our minds.  With a three year old in tow, we were more interested in leisurely swimming in a calm lake, kayaking, going in the pool and maybe even playing…

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August 06 2017

City Living with Kids,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn

City Kids Need You to Help them Love the Outdoors

I did not grow up in an outdoorsy family.  My parents moved from Brooklyn to Staten Island, following a mass migration by my dad’s family from the Lower East Side.  To them, the suburban streets of Staten Island were the height of rusticity. Their idea of getting outdoors…

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July 18 2017

Greater Good,Happiness,Money

Escaping Amazon, Part 2: Books

How was everyone’s Amazon Prime Day!  Was it as magical as you remember when you were a kid and woke up in the morning and… oh wait….  Amazon Prime Day isn’t a holiday yet, I forgot. We nearly got a new TV in our…

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July 06 2017

Greater Good,Money

Escaping the Amazon Event Horizon

Remember a time before it was possible to have the passing desire to own something, and then within five seconds, find the cheapest version of that thing, order it and have it in your hands less than 48 hours later?  Me either.  Amazon has revolutionized the way we live.  I…

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June 08 2017

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn,Sanity

Pondering Nature is Exactly What Your Brain Needs

Here is the lesson I learn over and over again:  We can’t hide from tragedy or stressful realities, but we can’t wallow in them either. We have to have a release.  A few moments each day to reflect on that which is awe-inspiring, and which…

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