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ANTIDOTE TO WORRY: CRUNCHY SALAD

I needed an antidote to worry this weekend, when my bike got a flat tire and then my car wouldn’t start. So here is the latest in my Antidote to Worry Series of food photos and such. Here’s how I compose this satisfying crunchy salad: A base of arugula Trader Joe’s …

ANTIDOTE TO WORRY: POPCORN

Popcorn is one of my favorite comfort foods. It fills me up, is healthful, tastes delicious and I pretend that eating this overflowing pot of it, sprinkled with sea salt, won’t make me feel squeezed in the waist by my elastic waist pants. When my oldest daughter Eliza was a toddler, I …

SAVE TIME, WORRY LESS: IT’S TIP DAYiiiii

Yesterday one of my daughters told me, “Dad sounds unhappy with me.” When I asked why, she said because he had left a message on her phone three days earlier and he hadn’t heard back from her. Then she told me, “If you want to reach me, text.” She added, …

CHINA BABY AND MAMA DEER

China Baby Last week the daughter of friends in Beijing wrote to me about her baby:  My baby is more than four months now. She is very healthy and very happy. Recently, I made haircut for her. In China we cut all the hair from birth, in order to grow better. Generally …

MY DEAR DEER UPDATE WITH DEER TIPS

The fawns scamper across my backyard like teenagers off to a pep rally. Despite a few scares–days when I didn’t see the emaciated-looking mom in my yard–Mama deer has been here too. But I’m still concerned about her. After I wrote “Oh Dear, My Deer” about how worried I was for …

ANTIDOTE TO WORRY: HOBOGIES

Hobogies-add oil, vinegar, soy sauce, wrap in foil and grill Welcome to my periodic series: Antidote to Worry (oh dear, is that now a commitment?), in which I highlight food I ate over the weekend. Consider it a “Worry Break,” as in one of my Tip Day tips. Plus, much …

ANTIDOTE TO WORRY

Bathtub buffet Bathtub snack: Ham, aged gouda, fresh multi-grain bread, spinach, arugula, mushrooms and strawberries. And to wash away any lingering woes, red wine from Chile. Before your bath, why not work out at your treadmill desk? Burning calories aren’t the only benefits! For more great ideas for bathtub buffets, try …

WORRYWART AS JEWISH MOTHER TO A STRANGER

Unrelated announcement: My new post “Divorce, Downsizing, Dating & Death.” Share your thoughts. In a previous post 10 Days in New York: Lessons Learned, Worries Amassed, I mentioned seeing a flier that said simply “Sarah Needs a Job .com.” I was so intrigued by this that I went to Sarah’s …

ADDICTED TO WORRY

Unrelated announcement: A MAGICAL USED COOKBOOK SHOP & A DIVINE COOKIE RECIPE I’m addicted to worry. Not long ago, I wrote a Huffington Post post, Worry Less: 10 Lessons From Cognitive Therapy, in which I advised, “Be aware that rumination and obsession are like drugs, in a bad way. They activate …

ADVICE FROM BURGLARS

RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT: SEE MY HOME GOES STRONG ARTICLE, 11 More Great Ways to Deter Break-Ins, Readers Speak Out. It was Christmastime. I was ten years old and playing on the adding machines in my father’s office. I walked down a narrow hallway to show the secretary my string of numbers. …

Kindle & Me <3

Here’s how I came to fall in Kindle love  (though, as you may come to understand, I am sympathetic to impatient readers, so if you want to skip ahead, scroll down to where you see Kindle in bold). In addition to a lifelong wish that my stomach were flat, I’ve …

MESS ON THE KITCHEN TABLE TIP DAY

I’m one of those people who needs to keep everything in sight in sight (not a typo).  I spread papers out on my desk, lest I forget something is there.  Inevitably new layers of fear-of-being-forgotten items appear and cover the old ones, which then get forgotten.  This goes on till …

EVOLUTION OF A TO-DO LIST

When it comes to my to-do list, there’s overwhelming potential for worry. The precursor to my to-do list was the calendar I used in high school.  Mainly I wrote what I wore each day and the names of boys I had dates with. Even in my twenties, albeit with teeny …

WHAT DOES A WORRYWART LOOK LIKE?

Unrelated announcement: “Composting, It’s Easier Than You Think,” my latest post on Home Goes Strong. Some folks seem to think a worrywart ought to look like a Shar-Pei. Not too long ago I commented on an article in Huffington Post.  I do this regularly as it drives traffic to my …