Category: Happiness

Ups and downs of the running streak

I have long been fascinated by streaks (you can read an article I wrote about the topic here). There are habits, and then there are extreme habits. How do people manage to stick with something daily for years? Or decades? I have now tracked time daily for almost 2 years. So far so good. Then on Christmas Eve, I decided to add a new streak to the mix: running at least a… read more »

What I’m into (March edition)

Time for another miscellany post on life right now. Here are a few things I'm into as of this month. The running streak. It lives. I have run at least a mile a day since December 24. It will not live forever, but so far, so good. The pause between sports. Wrestling is over. Little League has yet to start. Swimming is eternal but we don't have any meets right now. Nords… 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 »

Guest post: Is it necessary?

Laura's note: Today's guest post is about an important question to ask that can help you be more mindful in matters big and small. Enjoy!  by Elisabeth Sharp McKetta One of the wonderful things about mothers is the random things they keep in their house: my mother, who lives in Austin, keeps a dozen clocks all chirping different times, a collection of dog-tra… read more »