Category: Happiness

Friday musings: Planning a balanced life

We are in for our first freeze tonight. The temperature is supposed to drop to 23 by Saturday morning, which means the fall flowers may be gone soon. However, in the meantime, here is a photo of the mums for reader Cate (who, being from the UK, thinks of mums as moms -- a very different sort of concept!) On my calendar for today: many phone calls, and also a spot of tim… read more »

It’s still fall for a few more weeks, but here’s how I did on the Fall Fun List

I really love fall. I love the colors, the crisp weather, the cozy feeling that winter is coming but is not yet here. Unlike summer, though, when the kids' non-school schedules, and vacations, naturally push one to do things to enjoy the season, fall is harder to pause and appreciate. So, this year, I decided to create a Fall Fun List. It is structured much like m… read more »

Lux Aeterna

This was All Souls Sunday, and the chamber choir I recently joined performed Faure's Requiem during the service. It was quite an experience -- quite moving. Words don't do well to describe music, but there were a few chill-causing moments for me. One of my favorite parts is when the sopranos come in all alone singing "lux," held on a C for two measures until the o… read more »

What I’m into, November edition

I love November. Here in southeastern Pennsylvania the month starts with peak fall color. It ends with the coziness of the holiday season. The air is crisp, but it's usually still fine to run outside. The slush all comes later. Here's what’s making me happy this month: 100 Grand bars. I've moved beyond most check-out line candy, in the sense that I prefer hig… read more »


I put on my fall fun list that I wanted to go to Cape May to see the autumn colors on the shore. Cape May is also a great bird watching destination as various species stop by on the way south. I actually had something of a work-related reason to go; my potential time management fable will be set on the autumnal Jersey shore (per the proposal) and so I wanted to see the sc… read more »