Some days require sundaes

On Tuesday, the fish died. She’d been around for a while, and then while attempting to go to the hardware store this weekend, my husband and kids got the idea to go to Petco and get new fish. Our old fish did not like the interlopers. Or they didn’t like her. Not sure. Either way, the old fish wound up dead. It all feels a bit murderous to me.
My doctor visit in the m… read more »

What happens when summer Fridays end?

While it’s not a universal perk, some industries (including some publishing houses) still have “summer Fridays.” From Memorial Day to Labor Day, offices close on Friday at mid-day. The institution is both a perk (time off!) and a nod to reality. Lots of people take off early, at least mentally, on a lovely summer Friday afternoon anyway.
In theory, if… read more »

Which advice do I take?

Constructive feedback is a great thing. Especially if solicited (and sometimes even paid for), thoughtful critiques of one’s performance can help make any performance better.
Except for this: sometimes feedback is contradictory. When you solicit feedback from multiple people, even multiple experts, you can get advice that is all over the map. Peopl… read more »

What I’m working on: Daily reading rituals, idea files, keeping in touch

It’s Friday again, and here in PA it looks like it will be a beautiful weekend. I’m looking forward to some running, swimming, and hopefully biking, and maybe going out to eat too.
I’m writing on a few topics right now. As always, I love to hear people’s ideas, suggestions of experts, or personal stories. You can post in the comments, or feel free to emai… read more »

Chunks of leisure, or why confetti is still OK

The kids are all taking swim lessons right now. Since we have a backyard pool, it’s more efficient to hire an instructor to come here and teach all three in a row. When we do this during the evening, this 90 minute extravaganza generally takes the form of me putting kid #1 in a swimsuit and sending him/her down while the other two watch TV. After 25 minutes, I star… read more »