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 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 20 2017

Happiness

In Search of Leisure

“In a word pleasure… my pleasure in other people’s leisure.”  -Spud When I hear people say they don’t know what they would do with themselves if they didn’t have to work, I marvel.  I would not have this problem.  I&#8217…

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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 13 2017

Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

Three Awesome Things This Week, and One Sad

Another cold and wintry week, another little handful of awesome things that I have stumbled upon.  I reveled in a rustic winter wonderland that miraculously exists in the middle of the densest city in America.  I started reading a book that kept me in the snow, inside my apartment, while…

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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 29 2016

Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Sanity

Books & Music are the Cure for your Internet-Induced Brain Malaise

I spend a fair amount of time online, like many people in the first world on planet Earth.  And like many of those people, I recognize that it is crushing my soul, even as I struggle to tear myself away. I ask myself, over and over… Why am I…

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