Celebrating Dependence Day

Celebrating Dependence Day

Happy 3rd of July! Does that make it Pre-Independence Day? I wonder what the members of the Continental Congress were doing on July 3, 1776. They certainly weren’t picking up a jumbo pack of sparklers at the local fireworks stand, putting the final touches on a parade float, or marinating steaks for a BBQ. They ...
“Food: Not Just for Eating Anymore”

“Food: Not Just for Eating Anymore”

American Idol wrapped its 15th and final season last month. Sigh. Even though I could still get a little fix of AI glory days watching infamously critical judge Simon make a comeback on America’s Got Talent, it’s not the same. During his British holiday hiatus he became a father and parenthood has made him all ...
Live More by Owning Less, and Scaring the People You Love

Live More by Owning Less, and Scaring the People You Love

Several years ago, I read an article about legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite moving from the four-story Manhattan townhouse he’d lived in for decades to a one-level flat after foot surgery limited his mobility. He discussed the process of sorting through a lifetime of possessions–including a piece of the Berlin Wall–and deciding what to keep ...
More Drivers than Vehicles, and other First World Problems

More Drivers than Vehicles, and other First World Problems

A new conundrum has arisen in my household. With another kid becoming a licensed driver, we now have five drivers and only four cars. I know, I know, “First World problem.” I have big plans to hashtag it and make a meme of it on the internet. I actually have mixed feelings about that popular ...
Grow Old Along With Me, The Best is Yet to Be––Not!

Grow Old Along With Me, The Best is Yet to Be––Not!

The past few weeks have felt kind of, well, old. There’s been a lot of issues come up lately with aging parents and grandparents. One set of parents is moving out of the house they’ve lived in for 38 years to downsize. Helping them sort through nearly four decades of life fodder isn’t nearly as ...