Archive for March 2016

Reader question: I am unhappy in my job. What should I do with my life?

Our reader question this week comes from a woman we will call Wanda. She works full-time for a smallish firm, managing HR (among other things). The job is incredibly flexible. She knows how to do it well and efficiently. Indeed, she has managed to work out an arrangement where she works from home two days a week, but she does not work much on those days. She does al… read more »

Should you plan your leisure time, or does that take the fun out of it?

In the common narrative, we are all scheduled to the hilt. Our work lives are dictated by 15-minute slots on Outlook. So should you treat your leisure time the same way, scheduling in that workout and drinks with a friend? No! Say researchers at Washington University. According to a series of studies (written up in Time -- originally in Health -- see link here)… read more »

The impossibility of complete happiness

Much of my recent spring break trip to San Diego was kid-focused. Sea World, the zoo, Legoland, etc. But each of the parents got one day off. In the course of skipping Disneyland, I went for a long run along the Pacific Ocean. For a runner, this was about as far from the treadmill as one can go. The waves crashed against the cliffs. The sun glinted off the water like t… read more »

San Diego with the kids

We spent the past week on vacation in San Diego. We were on a 7:40 A.M. flight from Philadelphia on Monday, which involved getting up very, very early. The flight was very, very long, though I managed to read for about an hour while the baby napped on my lap. I spent some time counting seconds, but eventually we landed, got our car (a mini van for 7!), and went over to… read more »

The flowers are still here!

We got back from a manic spring break trip to San Diego on Saturday night. As mentioned in my last blog post, my magnolia was nearing its peak right before we left. I was worried we would miss it. But we returned to a bouquet of blooms. The peak must have slowly unfurled over the last week, so we still get a few days of glorious pink. Plus a bonus: the plum trees in the ba… read more »