What Is Blogging With an "Authentic" Voice?

I was in a meeting last week, sort of a consulting thing. There were five of us around the table. We were talking about blogging and how to reach blog readers, when one of the people in the meeting turned to me and asked: "Why do you think people read YOUR blog?" It was a good question, and it came a bit out of left field, which is why the first two words out of my mouth were probably something like "OH GEEZ." ...more
I try to write authentically (by "try" I mean I do but I don't know if it's translating or not). ...more

Do You Want to Raise Charitable Children?

Here's one thing you can do right now: Clean out their closets. I’ve given this a lot of thought, and although there are many things we can do to raise charitable children (most notably, by demonstrating acts of charity), I think the simple act of cleaning out a closet is one of the easiest ways to show our kids what it means to be charitable. And as an added bonus, we get a cleaner closet out of the deal. It’s a win win!...more

Yurt Camping in a Snowy Spring

Here’s a question: Can it really be called winter camping if it takes place during March Break, and if our shelter of choice is a yurt instead of a tent? I’ve decided that since there was snow on the ground the answer is a big fat YES.I’ve uploaded a slew of photos to Flickr already (you can see them all right here), but I wanted to share one right here that summed up this wonderful new experience for me:...more
That's aweaome! I definitely want to stay in a yurt someday.more

Saving Things, Using Things

I am fascinated by things, and our attachment to our things.Why are some people hoarders? How are some people able to live out of a suitcase, or in carefully curated minimalist surroundings ?...more
At Christmas, I used up some really neat Christmas cards that I had saved for myself (just to ...more

Your Kids + (Your Time + Effort) = Good Kids & Happy People

How much time and effort should we, as parents, spend on exposing our children to stuff? And what kind of stuff?...more
I think you're right. My kids are still pretty young, and we've had our share of catastrophic ...more

Because All the World Is a Stage and You're the Stage Director

You know what I have always found extremely interesting? As parents, we have some say in what kind of kids we raise. It is the ultimate social science experiment! Of course it doesn’t always work out that way. i.e. A professional athlete can drag their kid around to as many practices, sporting events, and triathlons as they want but their kid might still inherently be a bookworm who wants to do nothing but hide in a cocoon. BUT, we can certainly encourage certain character traits, can’t we? I imagine that much this is done by modelling the kind of behavior we want to see in our children....more