Guest post: How to make the ultimate to-do list

(Laura’s note: I’ll be running the occasional guest post over the next few weeks. If you have a post you’d like to suggest, please email me at lvanderkam at yahoo dot com).
by Paula Rizzo
It’s easy to be overwhelmed by your list and ignore it. But I want to tell you how to make the ultimate to-do list and stick to it, and I can do that with a list.… read more »

My 7 strategies for creating me-time

I’ve been re-reading my advance copy of Jessica Turner’s The Fringe Hours. I enjoy her blog (The Mom Creative) and have enjoyed reading her voice and view of the world at more length than a blog post can allow. The subtitle of the book is Making Time For You, and in it Turner explores how she, who works full time in health care marketing, and has three young kid… read more »

Unsolved crimes and Wednesday thoughts

I was quite taken with this story from the New York Times about a 1978 fire in a hotel in Greece, New York. It was arson, deadly, and it remains unsolved. For those of you who’ve read The Cortlandt Boys, you know that there’s a fire in a hotel that brings mysteries to light. The story had me thinking up new directions for future stories (of course, writing a nove… read more »

The first few days

My first few days back home with my baby have coincided with a long weekend, which has turned out to be nice. Everything is low-key. The kids aren’t having to wake up at a certain time to get to school so we can all operate on newborn time.
I have never quite been able to “sleep while your baby sleeps.” There are certain times of day that I’m naturally sleepi… read more »

Introducing the new addition

Say hello to the newest addition to the family! He arrived very early Thursday morning. Here’s my husband’s account in the email he sent out to friends and family:
“It was an exciting and unanticipated delivery.  As Laura had never done spontaneous labor, we were scheduled to be induced Thursday at 7 am.  Instead, at 12:30 am as I finished a final em… read more »