Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

The 2017 summer fun list

For the past few years, I have observed a summer tradition: creating a list, in late spring, of things I want to do before Labor Day. Time passes whether we think about where it is going or not, and I find that thinking about what I want to spend time doing vastly increases the chances that I spend time doing those things. There are also certain activities that make… read more »

Turning 10

A decade ago, my husband and I welcomed our first child into the world. It was approximately 2:15 a.m. It had been a long day. I didn't get to sleep much the next day either, as I was sharing a hospital room (this was in NYC) with a woman who had just delivered her 5th child. She was totally on vacation in the absence of her other four children, talking on her cell phone… read more »

“A good conscience is a continual Christmas”

I spent a lot of this weekend reading Benjamin Franklin. I have been noodling around the idea of creating a reading guide of sorts that would contain half a dozen ready-made "to be read" lists based around a theme. One of those is self-help (well, "your best life" sounds better). I'd remembered reading part of Ben Franklin's autobiography and liking it, and so… read more »

The mid-week rendezvous

After leaving New Orleans on Wednesday, I flew to Washington DC for an event honoring new recipients of a journalism fellowship I won several years ago. It was good to catch up with people. The most fun part for me, though? My husband scheduled some meetings in DC on Thursday, so he came down to meet me Wednesday night. He was a good sport through the dinner, and th… read more »

Off the List of 100 Dreams: New Orleans

I spent the first half of this week in New Orleans, speaking at Inc magazine's GrowCo conference. Longtime readers will recall that visiting New Orleans was on my List of 100 Dreams. I was supposed to go last year for a different conference but then I had a few things fall apart and I needed to stay in PA. So I was glad I got another chance this year. Some highlights:… read more »