The happiness quotient

Monday, February 9, 2015

Happiness has been a recurring thought lately. Perhaps triggered by Groundhog’s Day, it’s a theme I return to often. There’s a ying and a yang quality to happiness….

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Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping

Monday, November 10, 2014

One of the single most important, and pleasurable, characteristics of a marriage – of any relationship, really – is the ying and the yang of mutual support. The…

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Why your brain thinks multi-tasking is dumb

Monday, November 3, 2014

Every day we are bombarded with information. Whether it’s TV, email, instant messages, Facebook, YouTube, newspapers, magazines, or work-related data, the onslaught is constant. Adding insult to injury,…

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Learning to let go

Monday, October 27, 2014

Letting go should be one of those basic life skills we are taught at a young age. Instead, we have a tendency to hold on. To things. To…

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Nerval is the new normal

Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Nerval” is a word my mother made up. It meant nervous worrying. Or, as I interpreted it, worrying squared. I tend to go through periods where I fret…

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Singing the pressure cleaning blues

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today’s post is nothing more than an update. No tips on how to live the slow life. No research. No references to pundits or scholars or those in…

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How every meal becomes a happy meal

Monday, October 13, 2014

[Editor’s note: This is another reprise in an occasional “best of” series from the archives.] Can you remember a time you got together with a small group of…

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The Lazy Pelican redux

Monday, October 6, 2014

Late last week we signed a listing agreement to sell our house. Ever since we have been wrapping our heads, and our hearts, around the coming hopefully not…

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Perhaps we should question some basic assumptions

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The French are different. Roger Cohen, a New York Times columnist, tells the story of wanting to sell a French village house he’s owned for almost 20 years….

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Eventually you realize that plans are pointless

Monday, September 29, 2014

The older I get the more I become convinced that plans are pointless. As soon as you put pen to paper and outline a plan, something unexpected happens….

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