Doing the Dishes

We all have some chore we profoundly dislike. For me, it’s all things related to dishes. I don’t like scrubbing them, and I don’t like emptying the dishwasher either. Oh, I know life is better than the days when, in one of my old magazines, an ad showed a woman with a stack of roughly 1000 dishes, and reported that this is how many she had to wash… read more »

The Friday Round-Up

Yes, it’s still Thursday here, but I figured I’d get a head start.
Over at BNET, I discuss the 4 Words You Should Never Say. Longtime readers know exactly what they are: “I don’t have time.” Whenever you feel yourself tempted to say these four words, try using the phrase “It’s not a priority” and see how you… read more »

Hello from Detroit

Actually in Ann Arbor tonight but I spent today in Detroit interviewing entrepreneurs about the concept of creative destruction post auto industry and what goes into creating new jobs. Fun stuff for the next book. But as usual when I venture outside NYC and rent a car, I find myself shaking my head that we worry about the plastics in baby bottles…then st… read more »

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 »