April 24 2017

Sanity

Upright Citizens Brigade

My muscles are so sore as I stumble out of bed these days. It’s confounding, because I know I use my muscles all day long as I run around, right up until the moment I collapse in the evening.  But I’m getting older and my body…

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April 15 2017

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn,Sanity

In Search of Slow

I have spent the better part of the last two weeks trying to understand what it means to live slow.  The word definitely lights up a pleasure center in my brain. But it has always seemed abstract. Something that sounds great, but is not really relevant to me. Most of…

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April 07 2017

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn

Little Good Things

It has been a frigid, wet, busy spring.  Just one freezing cold evening baseball practice amidst waning sunlight, and I’m already exhausted and ready give up.  This is my least favorite time of year in New York.  The weather couldn’t be worse.  The cold is bone…

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March 24 2017

Health & Wellbeing

Turns Out, There is a Deep State… and it’s Your Microbiome

Have you given your microbiome much thought lately? I’m going to guess that between work, cooking, homework and managing your PTSD from watching the news, that’s probably a not bloody likely.  After one of the most grueling work weeks in memory, I actually had the opportunity…

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March 14 2017

Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Money,Retirement,Sanity

What One Year of Progress Looks Like, in Reality

In all of my life-optimizing fantasies, I’m waking up early and working out, spending loads of quality time with my children and not going down any rabbit holes online reading about the latest mind-numbing development in our government. I am living on half my salary and…

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March 08 2017

City Living with Kids,Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

Bird-Watching is God’s Gift to Broke New Yorkers

Did you know that bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies?  It’s not just me, everyone’s doing it.  According to a survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service, bird-watching is the 15th most popular outdoor recreational…

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February 27 2017

Money,Retirement,Saving Money

Investors Fighting Back as a New Era of Unregulated Greed Unfolds

As you may have noticed, the news is pretty crazy right now.  The volume is ear-splitting and we only have so much bandwidth.  A lot of important stories are eluding notice.  One thing you might not have heard about is the pretty fundamental shift that’s taking place…

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February 22 2017

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

Freedom is Groovy feat. Brooklyn Bread…

The title of my imaginary number one hip hop single! Except, even better.  Because, for real, today my friends over at Freedom is Groovy were kind enough to include an essay of mine on their blog about how our normal middle class working family deals with the soul-crushing costs…

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February 14 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Saving Money

Family Skiing Near NYC That Won’t Bankrupt You

Skiing is one of the great pleasures of life.  I say this a someone who is a terrible skier.  But it doesn’t matter, because for some people, skiing is mainly about being out on a beautiful mountain surrounded by nature, snow and views.  I am a Nervous Nelly…

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February 10 2017

Sanity

Living in a State of Constant Outrage is Going to Kill Us

Back in the fall, I wrote about how I worried that we were living in an age of outrage.  Oh how I look back on those halcyon days of October and think to myself, how is it possible that it could have gotten worse.  But amazingly, it did.  We have…

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