Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Hitting a triple

I posted my summer fun list last week. This weekend was mostly a good one -- in part because I completed two items, and made major progress on a third. On Friday night I took my husband out for a birthday dinner at one of our favorite haunts, Cerise (the chef was recently on a show with Bobby Flay!). It's a BYOB establishment, so we decided to bring one of the good bott… read more »

Smart Mom Rich Mom (book review)

In our culture, we have a lot of sayings about money. For instance, "more money, more problems." The idea is that money just invites more woe into one's life, which may be a comforting thing to believe on some level. However, I'm not sure it's true. While more income invites some problems (you are unlikely to be audited if you don't have a lot of taxable income!),… read more »

7 ways to keep kid activities from taking over your life (or at least your weekends)

One unsung upside of having four children is that almost no one tells me "Just you wait!" anymore. Back when I "only" had two, and they were young, and I was first writing about time management, I got a fair amount of just-you-wait mail pointing out that I had not yet experienced the madness of kid activities. Once that started I would see that life really was craz… read more »

The summer fun list

June is the Friday night of summer. As with weekends, at the start they seem endless. Deep in, though, they feel fleeting. I want to make sure that my summers, like my weekends, feel full and good, and not like they have passed me by. We do plan vacations, which are great, but the smaller things that make summer feel like summer are harder to remember. So, every yea… read more »

Reunions and cousins

We had a full Memorial Day weekend. For me, the weekend started on Thursday when I drove to Princeton for my 15th reunion. Princeton's Reunions culture is unique to the university and it is, um, special. You can go back for your 2nd or 37th reunion and there will be people there from your class. The "majors" (every 5 years) routinely draw close to 50 percent of the… read more »