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Jul! Christmas at Aquavit

I met my husband in a bar in NYC in February of 2003. I was there meeting a friend who’d just started dating a guy who worked at a large consulting company. This company had a New Jersey office, and many of the younger (or at least single) NJ office people lived in New York and got together for bar nights. My friend texted me to come join her at the bar. While ordering… read more »

Do it anyway

For years, I sang in a choir called the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. It was all 20- and 30-somethings. Youthful voices blend together well, and it was a pleasure making music with such a crisp, clear sound. We commissioned lots of new music from young composers too. I left the choir when we moved to Pennsylvania, but I’m still the president of the board of trus… read more »

My own personal Turkey Trot

The Thanksgiving holiday started a wee bit early in my house. The 5- and 3-year-old were off of school Wednesday, and our nanny was driving to visit extended family several states away. My husband was on his way back from Europe and experiencing various travel and weather delays. So I was manning the fort solo.
I got the 7-year-old on the bus and then tried to con… read more »

I crossed the NaNoWriMo finish line

In late April, 2010, I ran my first (and perhaps only) marathon. It was something I had wanted to do since becoming a runner about 5.5 years prior. You read enough running magazines and blogs and everyone talks about doing a marathon. So I figured I should do one too. I was also anticipating the launch of 168 Hours at that point, and thought it would be fun to talk ab… read more »

Repost: 5 reasons I’m not simplifying Christmas

(Laura’s note: This post ran in November, 2012, and remains an audience favorite. Please see the note, below, for another related piece, “Think You’re Too Busy for the Holidays? You’re Not.”)
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It’s that time of year again — time for a round of blog posts, ebooks and… read more »