There are different philosophies of giving and getting gifts. One is that this is somewhat of a transactional process. You definitely want to give the person something he/she wants, so the best approach is to agree on a general budget, get the person’s approval for the gift, then purchase it.
I know this is rational. But I tend to go more for the “it’s the… read more »
In the past few years, I’ve read a number of trend stories devoted to stay-at-home dads. While not a huge trend (very few fathers exit the workforce to care for their children), people find this concept fascinating. The worst articles make a big deal about men in aprons, as if stay-at-home moms spend their days in aprons. Fortunately, the New York Times stor… read more »
I’ve had a good week. I usually do during my “birthday weeks” because I’m good about planning in fun stuff in both my work and personal life. I’m also good about not planning stuff I don’t want to do. There’s a lesson there.
Maybe I should do this more often.
It turns out you can fit a lot of cool things into 168 hours. Starting the Friday after Thanks… read more »
Last spring, a number of you generously offered to read a draft of my novel. Your feedback helped tremendously. I’ve done a lot of revising over the last few months, and I would love to get more feedback on what is working and what is not. If you’re interested in being a beta-reader, please let me know: lvanderkam at yahoo dot com.
Here’s a ver… read more »
Over at Grumpy Rumblings, NicoleandMaggie posed the question of what readers would do if their incomes doubled. This is, obviously, a nice question to be able to ask. The one who’s the econ prof recently faced this question because her husband got a new job. They’re pre-paying the mortgage, beefing up contributions to retirement accounts, taking on de… read more »