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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October 05 2016

Living in Brooklyn

My Debt Free Story

I started the week off with some trepidation because I knew it was going to be a bit of a rough week at work.  And it did not disappoint! But thankfully, to offset my brooding, my friend Amanda over at Centsibly Rich included my story in her very awesome &#8220…

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October 02 2016

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Sanity

Bouncing Back from an Unfocused, Anxious Week

The past week has been the kind of stressful, self-defeating period that never fails to result in harsh self-judgement, anxious indecision and a complete breakdown of my ability to focus.  Pretty much my holy triumvirate of bad, bad, bad thought patterns. It all began, as it so often…

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September 22 2016

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing

What If We Didn’t Have to Fear Old Age?

Many people despair at the idea of growing old.  I am old enough now that I’ve witnessed some of the people I know and love change quite a bit with age. They have evolved into less happy versions of their younger selves. I can say very honestly that…

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September 17 2016

City Living with Kids

Financial Survival Guide for City Families

The decision to raise your children in an expensive metropolis can turn into a mental argument that you re-litigate inside your head daily.  You love your home, but struggle against the constant tide of things working against you.  Everything usually boils down to money, which could fix many of…

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September 12 2016


The Ballad of the American Working Parent

I hope that by the time my children become parents, American society will have progressed to become a more enlightened place to raise a family. I enjoy working.  But if I didn’t have to work, I probably wouldn’t.  No matter how much you may enjoy your…

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September 08 2016

Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn

Get Ready for the Demands & Delights of Fall

School has begun, there’s a brisk note in the air and time already feels as if it’s speeding up faster than Robert Downy Jr. at the Less Than Zero wrap party. Fall is the best time of year in New York. But getting back into those…

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August 31 2016

City Living with Kids,Family

Top Five Picks for Family Game Night

At our house, any night that we can make family game night happen, is a good night.  Finishing dinner, getting baths and homework out of the way, and prying phones, ipads and video games out of everyone’s hands is an accomplishment on par with completing the New York…

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August 27 2016

City Living with Kids,Living in Brooklyn

Five Things to be Grateful for When You Live in a City

Life in New York City can be really hard, especially for working families.  The indignities are rapid fire. I can only imagine it’s the same in any other large or expensive city.  There was a story in New York Magazine recently written by a woman who talks about…

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