I’m thinking about what I’ve learned from my Dad about health and fitness…and what I haven’t. Yet. My Dad will be turning 80 in a couple months. I took this photo last summer. He’s wearing the “Super Dad” t-shirt I bought him in 1978. I posted this picture on Facebook on Father’s Day, and several people MORE »
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Day 1 of summer: my kids are ready for the pool. Swimming has always been the top summer priority for both kids, and it works for me — it’s one of the few activities both kids love despite different ages and interests. They’re old enough that an afternoon of swimming together is pretty relaxing. But MORE »
This tweet stopped me cold. Perhaps it was the violence of the image associated with a word I use all the time. Perhaps it was because I have two pieces of writing that are due this week. Perhaps it’s because that’s how it feels, sometimes, to be a writer. To feel like if you don’t MORE »
I’ve become a little obsessed with borrowing DVDs from the library. Given there are now multiple ways to watch (and pay for) any given movie or TV show, free movies feels like a coup. The “problem” is that you have to dig into the catalog and search for older movies. Of course, this isn’t a MORE »
My husband, Rael, and I both travel for work. His is the more “official” business travel given his more formal work setup; every six weeks or so, he spends a week in the office (he’s telecommuted from home to jobs based in other cities ever since we moved to Portland 12 years ago). He sometimes MORE »
“I hate Mother’s Day.” This, from a friend I ran into on the walk home from school. I appreciated her candor but couldn’t help feeling sad. What was supposed to be a lovely occasion for her turned into a day of miscommunication, forced cheerfulness, and clashing expectations. She’s not alone. Several people I know felt MORE »
When your entire work life lives on your computer, and you’re faced with a computer crash — BOOM — what do you do? Well, after you stop panicking, and you deep breathe until your heart rate is back in the normal range, and you kick yourself for not backing up your data more often, and MORE »
For most bloggers, a press mention is exciting. A quote in a well-known magazine or newspaper confers a stamp of legitimacy to writers who work primarily online. A feature can open up new audiences and even start the dominoes falling toward new writing opportunities. But with every press mention there comes a risk. Interviewers can MORE »
Do less, enjoy more. There’s a symmetry to that line…a balance that’s so tantalizing in its simplicity. Unfortunately, it brings to mind another line: Easier said than done. Life is messy. There are so many variables, so many people, so many needs to consider. Reality isn’t so simple. But what if it is? What if it really is MORE »
Spring is springing and it’s time to get outside and enjoy the show! My kids need some prompting to emerge from the winter “indoor slump” which, for them, includes lots of Minecraft, YouTube and other inertial screen-based entertainment. It’s time for some screen-weaning. For us, it begins with reminding ourselves about all the toys, gear, and MORE »