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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December 01 2016

Happiness

Enjoy the Christmas Good, Survive the Bad

Even though I am usually a bit of an emotional wreck, and Christmastime is an emotional minefield, it’s still my favorite time of the year.  Everything about it is in my wheelhouse.  Old-timey traditions, romantic street-scapes, rustic cozy decorations, Christmas music, out-of-their-mind-happy…

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November 28 2016

Happiness,Sanity

Shopping is not your Civic Duty

The gospel of frugality has a lot of different branches.  Some people are looking to survive paychecks that don’t go far enough. Others embrace minimalism in the hope of finding peace and simplicity.  Some are working to ensure a secure, or even early, retirement. Many care about wastefulness…

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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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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 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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