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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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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May 15 2017

Busy-ness,Family,Happiness

The End of the School Year Breakdowns Begin Again

A post I wrote almost exactly one year ago that rings just as true now as it did then…  Right down to the school note sitting on my desk about the $15 that is due for the “Spring Carnival” and my stress over getting everything done for…

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May 03 2017

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Sanity

Mind Your Attention, Guard Your Mind

My natural default mental state when I open my eyes in the morning is generally convivial, grateful and optimistic, with a hint of full-blown neurosis lurking in the shade.  This lasts right up until the moment I open the Pandora’s Box that is the internet.  The miraculous…

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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 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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