Laughter

When was the last time you laughed like this? Head back, smile wide open, eyes pinched with happiness, not caring who saw you—scratch that—WANTING people to see you and see your joy.

Return on Investment

Why is it so hard to invest in ourselves? Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? The preservation instinct of the self employed? Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable? For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied over whether … More Return on Investment

Taxing Poetic

What I was prepared for was preparing my taxes. A pile of paperwork sat close at hand. An empty spreadsheet awaited the figures of another year gone by. What I wasn’t prepared for was an existential crisis. It’s no coincidence that Shirley, my incredible grandma-in-law, died nearly a year ago. It was a year after I started … More Taxing Poetic

How to Live to 100

Did you see the New York Times article about “the island where people forget to die“? The Greek island of Ikaria is home to one of the largest population of centurions. Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that its elderly remain remarkably sharp and active. One notable chap, Stamatis Moraitis, was diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 60, … More How to Live to 100