Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

The 'fat pants' dilemma

Having a baby shortly before the holiday season introduces special challenges. First, there’s travel. Are you going to travel with a newborn or make everyone come see you? Second (and more relevant for this post) it’s a bummer of a time to lose weight. Pecan pie! Christmas cookies!  Cheese platters! Consequently, though I’m back to my usual running… read more »

Being careful with "no"

(cross-posted with Gifted Exchange) I’ve been pondering lately the question of “what have my children taught me?” (Asked by the facilitator of my parents’ group). One lesson I’m working on learning is to be careful with my “nos.” Here’s the thinking: Whining is hell on earth. Listening to children wh… read more »

10,000 words a day

Like any writer, I am always looking for tips for more efficient writing. This is especially true now that I have three small children. The chance that I will get days to do nothing but write in my garret somewhere is nil. I also firmly believe that writer’s block is a pretentious and ridiculous excuse. If you’re making a living writing, you need to… read more »

Income inequality…in my own life

Income inequality, though always with us, is certainly in the media more these days, thanks to the Occupy Wall Street movement and the focus on the 1% vs. the 99%. Social movements tend to need neat dividing lines, though I am not so sure what a household earning $350,000 per year (putting you in like the 97-98%) has in common with someone who is truly destitute.… read more »

Are you writing that holiday letter?

My husband and I have been working on our annual family letter (he wrote the first draft!) I always joke in my speeches that the holiday letter is a pretty wretched genre of literature, but it serves a purpose. It reminds you of what has happened in your life, and when written in a prospective fashion (for next year) it keeps you focused on your big goals. When you k… read more »