Category: Free Time

Nostalgia and forward motion

This weekend featured an interesting mix of memories and signs the kids are growing up. It started on Friday, when I drove to Princeton University for a meeting (I serve on the board of an undergraduate journalism organization). Parking my car felt strange; I never drove while I was a student there. But once I walked out from the garage it was such a nice night it… read more »

Getting the circus metaphor right

Just because something has been around for a long time does not mean it will last forever. The Ringling Brothers circus has been going for something like 130 years. This year is its last. Modern audiences want different kinds of entertainment and shows involving live animals will always have high capital requirements (to say nothing of the ethics). All that… read more »

Travels with my big boy

Longtime readers will recall that my eldest really wanted a cat for Christmas. He did not get a cat. In lieu, he received a promise of two overnight trips with me. We're signed up to spend the night at the zoo later this spring, and he redeemed the 2-night trip to NYC over President's Day weekend. It worked out well; he had a half day Thursday and Friday off, so we got… read more »

What I’m into (belated February edition)

So we are 10 days into February, but I never did write this month's "what I'm into" post, so here we go. I just finally started using Instagram. I am lvanderkam if you want to join me over there. In other social media news, I did a FB Live chat yesterday (I am Facebook.com/lauravanderkamauthor over there). I am reading The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George. I h… read more »

The Little Book of Hygge, toddlers, and relaxation

The Danish concept of "hygge" is having a moment. Much like the Norwegian "koselig," it is an elevated vision of coziness, which is key to enjoying winter in a place where it's basically dark 20 hours a day right now. People light candles. They drink warm drinks. They curl up under blankets with good books. All this is celebrated in The Little Book of Hygge, ne… read more »