how to have a happy day

15 things that make an ordinary day happy

When I was a kid, my mom would drop us off at school and say, “You are going to have a good day.” She’d say it in an accent completely unlike herself – and today, I still wake up thinking of that mantra. Sometimes the difference between a good day and a bad day is (read more…)

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Backpack simplicity

We have now been traveling for three weeks. In some ways it seems like we left Texas last weekend, but according to my subjective analysis, I’m fairly certain we’ve been on the road for about three months. We’ve got a long road ahead of us, this year, but it’s going to whoosh by fast. Right (read more…)

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Weekend links

Parenting as a Gen X-er :: The Washington Post Ebola is more than a news story to me :: She Loves Magazine The good kind of pain :: A Deeper Story Artist builds a new terracotta army to protest China’s preference for boys :: Huffington Post 23 very real first-world problems people had at Whole (read more…)

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An app for free books

There’s a new app that I’m so excited about. It’s basically new books, for free, delivered to a pickup spot near your home. And when you’re done with it, you drop the book back off, so it doesn’t add to the clutter in your house. I just used it, and I’m happy to report it (read more…)

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The art of lingering

During the next three months, we’re all in this together—thinking about food, planning menus, coming up with guest lists, scheduling ourselves silly, spending too many hours on Pinterest for ideas on how to get the “best recipe” or plan the “perfect holiday party.” For me this year, I want my focus to be simpler, and (read more…)

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