Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Gone in the instant of becoming

While doing some reading on the topic of time yesterday, I came across a quote from William James: "Where is it, this present? It has melted in our grasp, fled ere we could touch it, gone in the instant of becoming." It is true that all moments are fleeting. As we think about time, there is forever this tension between trying to be in the moment, and recognizing tha… read more »

Running 13.1 miles in 84 degree heat

June is often quite mild in my part of Pennsylvania. For instance, it is 64 degrees right now, Monday morning. This is a full 20 degrees (Fahrenheit) cooler than it was yesterday at this time. I wish the days had been reversed, in which case I might be congratulating myself on a personal record in the ODDyssey half marathon. As it is, I am congratulating myself on… read more »

Report on Mommy Day #1

My 4-year-old finished school for the year on Tuesday. The boys still have another week to go. All of the three big kids have been promised a "mommy day" this summer, when we do their choice of activity together So that made this week a great opportunity to do my daughter's mommy day. She wanted to go to Hershey (the amusement park). We got in the car around 9 A.M. on… read more »


I bought my old MacBook Pro in the summer of 2010. It served me well for lo these many years, taking the beating that I inflict on my laptops with nary a complaint. On its keys I typed All the Money in the World, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, I Know How She Does It, and The Cortlandt Boys, plus hundreds of articles and blog posts. I know six yea… read more »

The Mom Gig: How do stay-at-home moms spend their time?

I like writing about time management, but I am more fascinated by broader questions about how people spend their time. This winter, Redbook hired me to do a time diary study on how stay-at-home moms spend their days. This project, "The Mom Gig," was released this week. In addition to my findings, Redbook commissioned essays from stay-at-home parents, and se… read more »