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 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 24 2017

Sanity

Upright Citizens Brigade

My muscles are so sore as I stumble out of bed these days. It’s confounding, because I know I use my muscles all day long as I run around, right up until the moment I collapse in the evening.  But I’m getting older and my body…

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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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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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