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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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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January 24 2017

Family,Happiness,Sanity

Five Theoretically Non-Controversial Reasons Why I Marched

I didn’t want to do it.  I knew it would be unpleasant and exhausting.  It cost me money and a precious non-working day away from my family. But in my heart, I knew that I’d be glad to have to expressed my solidarity with those…

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January 17 2017

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

Volunteering with a Little Kid

I pontificated recently about that beautiful small amount of time that we are allotted to live in the innocent bubble of our children’s childhoods.  It is a place where we are free to entertain crazy ideas about the world.  Ideas like anything is possible.  Or like helping other…

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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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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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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 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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