Happiness

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 »

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 »

A 25-hour day, and other nice little things

A few midweek musings on little things that make me smile:
I got my hair cut today. I had a $50 gift certificate from the silent auction last spring. I brought it to the register to pay afterwards and the cashier got a puzzled look on her face. Apparently, the card was for $85, even though it said $50. I got a free cut with money left over for next time!
My backyard is a r… read more »

Running on faith

I became a runner ten years ago. I had tried here and there before, but never effectively. Then I watched Paula Radcliffe win the 2004 New York City Marathon. It was a hard fought victory, coming down to a mere 3 seconds after 26.2 miles, and there was something so inspiring about it, and the thousands of other runners crossing the finish line behind her, that I kn… read more »

Leisure time and sunk costs (aka update on my silent auction items)

I wrote last spring that I’d kind of outdone myself at our preschool’s silent auction. I had high hopes that my plethora of gift certificates would force me to schedule in and make time for things I wanted to do. After all, once I’d paid out the cash, it wasn’t just about making time for fun. The frugal part of my brain would kick in and make sure I wasn’t s… read more »