Home Ownership: Yes or No?

As long time readers of this blog know, my family has been renting an apartment in NYC for the past 2.5 years. My husband bought a 1-bedroom shortly before we got married, and we sold it, as it turned out, at the exact bottom of the real estate market. Partly because the real estate market was in flux, and partly because we weren’t sure where we wanted to live… read more »

The Sleep Myth

How do we construct our cultural narratives?
One way, it seems, is that we look at data points in our own lives, then cast about for friends’ and families’ stories, to see if they match. Then, once we have a loose hypothesis, we look for some authoritative voice to back it up. This can be a statistic, a study, a figure like the surgeon general, etc.
Th… read more »

BNET roundup: Spousonomics

Over at BNET this week, I have two posts, one on avoiding all-or-nothing thinking, and the other is a Q&A with Paula Szuchman, one of the authors of Spousonomics. Her book argues that much of marriage can best be understood as a question of how to allocate resources: time, attention, affection, money, and so forth. Many of us don’t get our incentive… read more »

4 Questions to Ask About Your Schedule

I see from Google Analytics that we have a few new folks visiting us this week. If you’re new here, I write a lot about how we spend our time. One of the first things I ask people who claim to be “starved for time” to do is keep a time log. If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you know that nutritionists tell you to keep track of what you’… read more »

A Tale of Two Requiems

If anyone reading this lives in New York City, I’m singing in a performance of the Brahms Requiem at Symphony Space on Friday night. Please come hear me sing!
I first learned the Requiem my senior year of college. Indeed, it was exactly 10 years ago that we started rehearsing it. I devoted a lot of time to learning the often chromatic fugues, listening to t… read more »