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 10 2017

Sanity

Living in a State of Constant Outrage is Going to Kill Us

Back in the fall, I wrote about how I worried that we were living in an age of outrage.  Oh how I look back on those halcyon days of October and think to myself, how is it possible that it could have gotten worse.  But amazingly, it did.  We have…

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February 01 2017

Health & Wellbeing,Sanity

36 Things to do Instead of Reading the Internet

The NY Times has always been my online go-to for distraction when I don’t feel like working.  It’s been a fairly innocuous habit up to now.  But in current news climate, my relatively healthy online habits have taken a serious nosedive, with waaaaay too frequent…

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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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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 19 2016

Money,Sanity

A Moment to Acknowledge Reality & the Poor

At this time of year, some people take a moment to reflect on the poor.  Others, of course, dedicate their lives to the the poor.  But many people who are not poor do not spend a lot of time thinking about the poor. “The poor.”  Sounds like a…

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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 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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October 23 2016

Sanity

Beware the Outrage Industry

As we continue our tragic descent through the mud of the ugliest presidential campaign in modern memory, one thing stands out to me: we’ve arrived in an age of constant outrage.  Our little outrage buttons are just primed to be pushed by whatever is in the news on…

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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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