Boston, Speed, Competition and Human Performance

The Boston Marathon course is known for its hills: up and down. It’s long been considered one of the most challenging of the big races, not where you’d imagine anyone setting a world record.
All that changed this week with Geoffrey Mutai’s marathon win on Monday. His 2:03:02 time is the fastest marathon ever recorded. It won’t nece… read more »

A Different Sort of Travel

Hearing loss has always struck me as an incredibly difficult disability. I know it will happen to many of us as we age, but it makes in-person interactions complicated. You miss cues, and people think you’re rude (when nothing can be further from the truth!)
All this is fine if you’re in the US with the easy availability of hearing aids (even if the… read more »

Musings On A Not-So-Small House

A few months ago, I posed a question to blog readers: What Does One Put In a 10,000 Square Foot House? Some people pointed me over to Sarah Susanka’s works (The Not So Big House series), which I found fascinating. I interviewed Susanka, and will have some insights from her in The Money Book (the title is in flux again. I’m starting to think it might be… read more »

An Early Round-up: You Have Time To Write That Novel (Or Work a Low-Wage Job?)

I’m posting this week’s round-up on Thursday instead of Friday because tomorrow I will be…closing on a house. Yes, we’ve decided to take the plunge and purchase a home in Gladwyne, PA. My husband has been working in the greater Philly area for quite a while now, and so since I can work anywhere, we wanted to make the commute easier for… read more »

The US Budget — And Ours

As I’m posting this, President Obama is supposed to be addressing the nation (OK, those of us who can watch a speech at 1:35PM on a weekday) about the federal budget. The US government has been spending more than it’s been taking in for years. The question is what to do about it.
Pundits often like to compare the government’s finances to a hou… read more »