Archive for March 2012

Round-up: Time magazine, plus can Twitter be productive?

It's Friday again, and time for lots of links. It turns out this blog has some readers in influential places, because our discussion of Time magazine's "The Richer Sex" cover got quoted in the Editor's Desk page of last week's issue. I am billed as a "self-help author" who "pointed to a bleaker side of the story -- that often 'women are breadwinning ... because o… read more »

Bedtime math problems

(Laura's note: this column ran in Wednesday's USA Today under the headline "Answer to lagging scores? Bedtime math problems.") We all know we should read to our kids. But even if bedtime stories are routine in your house, when's the last time you gave your kids a bedtime math problem? Probably never. And that's one reason American students might struggle in a… read more »

When it comes to happiness, “memorable” can trump “fun”

(Laura's note: this is a guest post of mine that ran on I Should Log Off, the blog of Danny and Jillian Tobias. Alert readers will recognize them from ATM as the couple that spent two years traveling the world). Here’s something I find fun: a massage. Here’s something I don’t find fun: spending the first night of a vacation in a half-flooded roadside motel… read more »

Do good fathers go mountain biking?

Carrie left a comment on the "False choices" post last week noting that she had just such a false choice going on in her family. Her husband had given up mountain biking because he didn't think you could go on long bike rides and be a good husband and father.  We could substitute a multitude of words for "biking" (train for a marathon, start a business, join an orc… read more »

ATM Book Club Week 4 (Chapter 3)

I'm hosting an informal book club on this blog devoted to All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending. Each week we discuss one chapter. You can join at any time; there are links to previous weeks at the bottom of this post. Chapter 3 is called "Rethink Retirement." Being able to afford a secure retirement is the goal toute… read more »