Archive for the ‘Happiness’ Category

My friend Shelly started a blog a few weeks ago, and she already has more regular readers than we do. But ’tis the season to be jolly, so I won’t be jealous. Instead, I’ll introduce you to her writing. Here Shelly shares a holiday tradition that’s become important to her family. *** Reading Our Way more »

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The Generosity Challenge

The work day had not gone quite as planned. I though I’d leave the suburbs in time to pick my daughter up at daycare, grab Sam from the neighbor’s, and have supper started before Cliff walked in the door. But my meetings went long and the traffic on the Eisenhower was particularly hellish. And I, more »

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We had a long week, a few weeks ago. Nothing was wrong, or even bad. Just long. It started with me taking a red eye flight back to Chicago after a work trip in Phoenix. To this state of mind-numb tiredness, we added a weekend with family, runny noses, presidential campaign politics, ongoing potty training, more »

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We’ve been getting less and less sunlight around the Midwest lately.  Our seasons are changing, and our clocks have not fallen back. What does that mean? Well, the snooze button seems more tempting every morning. You know the feeling, right? When you wake to darkness and chill and a full meeting schedule, the day can more »

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I’m a fan of Modern Family, and especially of the character Phil Dunphy. Part sage, part dunce, it’s easy for him to steal the show. In last week’s episode, Phil gives his daughter a book of his accumulated wisdom, in proverb form, as a going away to college present. Some of my favorites: You only more »

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I took this picture of a Valentine’s card last February. (Note, I didn’t buy the card: we aren’t big Valentine’s Day sort of people. Bah hum bug.) I thought of this photo again recently, as Chicago has definitely hit socks-in-bed season. And while my last post may have been a gentle reminder to be thoughtful more »

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A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to visit Santa Catalina School on the Monterey Peninsula. I was supposed to be learning about educating the whole child, about the advantages of single sex education in adolescence, about empowering young women, about the power of community. Instead, I found myself learning about marriage…from a nun. more »

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On Labor Day Cliff and I spent the afternoon getting ready for a small backyard party. At one point we heard a ruckus coming from our front yard, and simultaneously realized we hadn’t seen the kids in a while. We found Sam on the front porch, wearing his sunglasses and playing, loudly, his Paper Jamz more »

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Last week was our family vacation. We had a great time, of course. And of course the 5:50 a.m. alarm this morning was a killer. Saturday, after spending the early part of the day eating deep fried Oreos (which I highly recommend) at the Wisconsin State Fair, my sister-in-law surprised us by making cookie dough more »

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A few years ago Cliff was stuck at an airport gate, waiting to board a delayed flight (again). He sat across from a group of women who were clearly headed to New York for a girls’ getaway. One mom appeared to need the trip the most. Every few moments her phone would ring, presumably her more »

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