I’ll Be Right There

I can’t even count the number of times I have said, “Just a minute, I’ll be right there,” to my kids. Embroiled in the minutia required to keep a family fed, clothed and running, I often missed some of the fun, or at least, joined it already in progress. Eventually, it became a habit —…

Aspirations & organization: the magic of beginning

New year. New calendar. New goals. January brings the opportunity to review last year, looking at what did or didn’t happen while anticipating the year ahead. Every day is a launching pad to the future, but the beginning of the year feels particularly auspicious. As you contemplate the upcoming year, create a vision. Start at the end…

EAT THIS: EVEN IF IT IS UGLY

We were always told to eat all of our vegetables, but who knew the cost of wasting them is so staggering? “Every year 2.9 trillion pounds of food- about a third of all that the world produces- never gets consumed,” reports Elizabeth Royte in this month’s National Geographic Magazine. You and I are responsible for…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

7 PRACTICAL STEPS TO A HAPPIER LIFE

A rose by any other name might smell as sweet, but how you feel about the rose depends on how you describe it. If you say, “I have to smell those roses,” you communicate a different message to yourself than if you say “I GET to smell the roses.” There are so many great books…

David versus Goliath

I’ve had another battle with the insurance company; you could probably tell that by the title of this piece. It is hardly news, but I have just personally rediscovered that the business motto of all insurance companies is: deny the claim. Yes, deny the claim, and maybe the insured will go away. I bet it…