Category: Off The Clock – the book

Friday miscellany: The sound of birds

I am trying to blog at least five times a week, but I didn't feel like it yesterday. There were many reasons, although the news was one. A little over five years ago, after Sandy Hook, I wrote this column for USA Today. It is depressing to think that it is a piece of content known in the business as "evergreen." The kids had a half day of school yesterday, and I was supe… read more »

Friday miscellany: 500 words, and writing in general

On December 24, 2016, I went for a run. Over the next week or so, I managed to run every day. So then I thought, hey, why don't I keep going? I've now run at least a mile every day for the last 400-plus days. I know the streak can't continue indefinitely. Life happens, but I feel like it's been a good addition to my life. Exercise is a known mood booster, and so I'm gettin… read more »

Friday miscellany: When (the book), plus winter kid activities

Some ups and downs this week. The 3-year-old is moving into his big boy bed. He had been sleeping in a crib with the back removed (so he could get in and out) for quite a while, but he was interested in moving, and I am interested in anything that makes him willing to go to bed. Potty-training is still a work in progress. Fairly limited progress. Oh well. Anyway, a few… read more »

Off the clock, on a plane

I do not particularly like flying. (Does anyone who's not actually flying the plane?) You’re sitting in a seat for many hours, in dry air, timing visits to a tiny bathroom for the time when the plane isn't bouncing over the airborne equivalent of pot holes. But here is one upside of plane travel: it can be a really, really good time for getting stuff done. Most o… read more »

Off the clock this weekend

The 2-year-old continues to be a handful, and to wake up too early. I also had a rather ugly showdown with the 10-year-old about bedtime on Friday night. However, there were a number of moments of near, or genuine relaxation/fun this weekend. Among them: The impromptu pool party. The boys had a half day Friday to end the school year. My 7-year-old was playing… read more »