Writing about Time Management, Life, Careers & Family

Chasing the peak (and taking a break)

We have this lovely magnolia in the front yard. It blooms in riotous pink in early spring. The flowers last about a week, two if we are lucky. The house seems to have been designed to take in this cotton candy scene from various windows, so you really want to pay attention. Of course, spring is often a busy time of travel, including spring break. So it is always the q… read more »

A novel for March madness

Every year around this time, people who are not normally basketball crazy find themselves paying attention to games. I remember when I was in elementary school, and living in Raleigh, N.C., some children brought handheld radios to school on the days of the ACC tournament (more a source of local bragging rights than the NCAA with N.C. State, UNC, and Duke righ… read more »

This is going to be awesome

I no longer get nervous in any physical sense before speeches. I sleep fine. I know how most audiences will react to things. Still, I felt a bit of trepidation before my talk at SXSW on What Successful People Do Before Breakfast. First, it was new material. Second, I was worried that no one would show up. SXSW is huge, and there is a ton of stuff going on at any given t… read more »

The camp spreadsheet

Every year around this time, I come to the question of what we are doing this summer. It is a complicated question, as it involves figuring out vacation weeks and camps for three children (the fourth is still too young for most of them). Last year the kids were off for much of August, and while there were definitely some fun times, there was also a ridiculous amoun… read more »

Running in Austin

The heat is unassuming at first. You step out onto streets full of festival-goers in shorts and name tags and wend toward the river. You are wary, and yet the sun is setting. There is a slight breeze. If the thermometer says 90, this does not seem so bad. It is only as you start to run that the full weight of the heat envelopes you. The air is thick. You jog along a dirt p… read more »