Christmas, Real Simple, and modified domesticity

Long-time readers of this blog know I have a love-hate relationship with Real Simple. The magazine is beautifully laid out, I’ve subscribed for years, and the essays (few as there are) are usually awesome.
On the other hand, there are some jarring moments. Every issue has a feature about doing housework more efficiently; for instance, January ̵… read more »

Doing it anyway (or how I came to sing back-up for a heavy metal band)

I spent the past few days in St. Louis, appearing on Great Day St. Louis (let me know what you think of this TV outfit vs. the others), and speaking at Webster University and Pudd’nHead Books. While I was there, Holland (of the wonderful blog Life Simplified For You) shuttled me around. This made for a long day, and she had plans the next day to do a volunteer… read more »

The scourge of workweek inflation

I just launched a new career column over at BNET (CBS’s online business portal) today. The column is called “168 Hours” and will appear on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Today’s post is called “Stop Lying About How Much You Work,” and deals with our tendency to talk about 80-hour weeks, as if we were actually working 80 hours… read more »

At Pudd'nHead Books in St. Louis tonight

Join me tonight at Pudd’nHead Books in St. Louis for a book reading and signing. It all starts at 7pm. We’ll be be talking about time and sipping a little wine. The address is 37 South Old Orchard Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63119-3202.… read more »

Planning for peak experiences, part 2

Yesterday’s post on rethinking retirement is sparking some discussion over at Facebook, which is good. Why is retirement seen as a universal goal? Is the idea of not working for pay for decades feasible? Or desirable?
We’ll continue talking about that over the next few months. In the meantime, I wanted to revisit the post about planning for pea… read more »