The Best Time To Travel With Your Kids

from Conde Nast Traveler, May 2015

Starting your kids’ wanderlust early is beneficial for everyone in your family. 

My sons still talk about the family trip we took down the Salmon River in Idaho one summer. The scenery was gorgeous and the rapids were rough—and the guide let my oldest, Zach, negotiate one wild pass alone in a rubber canoe. He was 7 at the time. His little brother Matt, then 5, paddled excitedly along with my husband. Were they too young for that adventure? Absolutely not. Continue reading

3 Reasons Don Draper Should Be Grateful

DON DRAPERfrom Huffington Post
Watching the latest episode of Mad Men, it occurred to me that Don Draper may be our modern-day Aristotle. Like the great philosopher who preceded him by a couple of millennia, he is trying to figure out how to feel fulfilled. And he understands the challenge.

“What is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness,” he said a couple of seasons ago. Continue reading

Forget Flowers: Here’s What We All Want For V-Day

When we first got married, I told my husband I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 15th, when flowers and chocolates went on sale. Maybe you can’t put a price on love, but $39.95 for a dozen stems seemed too high. Why pay jacked up prices when we could have our own romantic day anytime we chose?

My husband immediately got in the spirit, and every year since then, he’s brought me the nicest roses discounts can buy. Love always seems lovelier to me at half-price the next day. Continue reading

TODAY Show–Gratitude

Gratitude gap: 52 percent forget to show thanks

In a recent study, 90 percent of people described themselves as grateful for their family, but only 48 percent said they express it. Janice Kaplan of Good Housekeeping explains why this gratitude gap exists, and how men and women and different generations express gratitude in varying ways. Watch Here