Archive for June 2016

Peaks and troughs and the upside of space

I've done a lot of public speaking over the years, but this is the first year I've been more disciplined about marketing myself and scheduling a certain number of speeches per month. In doing so, however, I have realized that "per month" is the wrong way to look at the rhythm of this line of work. The conference and event season is incredibly cyclical. March thro… read more »

The working stay-at-home mom

In the usual narrative about women's life choices, you are "working" or "staying at home." These are discrete identities. They are sometimes cast as ideologically opposed, if people feel like drumming up the mommy wars (and its clicks and comments). While the broad trend over two generations has been an increase in women in the workforce, there have been oc… read more »

How we really live now

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the American Time Use Survey last Friday. This annual survey has thousands of Americans talk through how they spent the previous day, rolling over the entire year. This ingenious methodology cuts down on a few problems that plague other time surveys. BLS researchers don't ask about any specific category of time… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #3

I wrapped up my third (and final) Mommy Day on Sunday. This summer, my plan was to spend one day one-on-one with each of my older three children, doing whatever they wanted to do. My 9-year-old had waited patiently through the 6- and 4-year-olds' trips to Hershey. In theory we planned to do something in July during a week when he didn't have camp, but after the 6-y… read more »

The politics of nostalgia

I have spent more time reading in the past week or so than I have in a while. As I once wrote for Fast Company, making time to read is about supply and demand. You need time available for reading (the supply side) and demand to use those hours for reading. That's a function of having stuff you want to read. If you have stuff you want to read, you turn time that could be sp… read more »