November 10 2017

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

New York Holiday Traditions will Get You Excited for Winter

Have I mentioned that the time between Halloween and Christmas is my absolute favorite time of year? There are so many reasons why, but I think what I love most is returning to the special things that I always do this time of year. There’s just something about…

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October 24 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Outdoors

Hiking the Bear Mountain Loop with Kids

I’ve been a little AWOL. Fall is so busy and work has been draining, leaving little energy for my extra-curricular pontificating. But, truthfully, I’ve been so consumed with the horror stories in the news, mainly in relation to the mass, seemingly institutionalized, sexual harassment and…

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September 22 2017

Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

A Cardinal Story

Ever since last winter when we hung a bird feeder off our fire escape and started spending time staring out the window, we have seen a male and female cardinal most days.  I’ve always wondered if it was the same couple that I saw every day.  I just…

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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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