Do it anyway

For years, I sang in a choir called the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. It was all 20- and 30-somethings. Youthful voices blend together well, and it was a pleasure making music with such a crisp, clear sound. We commissioned lots of new music from young composers too. I left the choir when we moved to Pennsylvania, but I’m still the president of the board of trus… read more »

36 years, 33 weeks

I have a few essay-style posts on more meaty topics planned for later, but this week has not been good for writing them. Too much other stuff due and going on in general.
So today I’ll close out the week with a few thoughts.
Today is my birthday! It’s been a full year, and a good year. I treated myself to some solo holiday shopping this morning, and I’m getting… read more »

The joy of field trips

In Their Own Sweet Time, I have a list of 10 ways parents can enjoy kid time more. One of them is to chaperone kid excursions. As a few Mosaic Project participants pointed out to me, regular during-the-day school volunteering is tough for working parents. Some did it, but for many people, an every-Tuesday-at-10-am commitment isn’t going to fly. Chaperonin… read more »

Working after the kids go to bed? Be sure to do this one important thing.

My take-away from my Fast Company essay on working after the kids going to bed being shared 25,000 times: There are a lot of us out there catching up on things at 10 p.m. Such a “split shift” — some work during the day, evenings off with the family, then some work at night — is often the key to getting it all done. You log the hours, but you see your fam… read more »

Unconventional Thanksgiving leftovers

We celebrated Thanksgiving with just the 5 of us. I’d been shopping at Costco, though, so we had a lot of food, including a 15 lb turkey. That might have been fine if all of us had been around to eat the leftovers. But on Friday my husband took the older two kids out to Arizona for a family wedding. My 3-year-old was not much help on anything except rolls. So after a f… read more »