Category: Free Time

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 »

Napa nostalgia and secrets of people with all the time in the world

I am writing this from the Napa valley in California, where I came to do a time management workshop. One of the great parts of my job is that I get to travel to various lovely places where people do corporate retreats, but then since it's not my actual corporate retreat, I am "off" once I'm done. I seldom stay long, but it's like a lot of mini-vacations bedecking m… read more »