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“Now Is Now. It Can Never Be a Long Time Ago.”

When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, “What are days of auld lang syne, Pa?” “They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said. “Go to sleep, now.” But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She …


Story: Guess–Who Never Confuses Identical Twins?

This week’s video story:    I’m talking about One and the Same: My Life as an Identical Twin and What I’ve Learned about Everyone’s Struggle to Be Singular by my friend Abigail Pogrebin. I’ve always been fascinated (and a little envious) about the relationship between identical twins. If you want to learn more about the book, check out the book trailer …


Story: My Sister Wasn’t Sorry To See Me Go, But She Was Glad I Came.

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: My sister wasn’t sorry to see me go–but she was glad I came.   Can’t see the video? Click here. What does this story …


A Trip to the Pediatrician’s Office Reminded Me of This Important Truth.

This week, I took both my daughters to the pediatrician for their annual check-ups. I was a little late, but the need to turn in camp health forms got me to schedule the appointments, finally. As I walked out of the second appointment this morning, I found myself thinking, “Good! That’s another thing to cross off my to-do list.” But …


Consider the Three Levels of Fun: Challenging, Accommodating, and Relaxing Fun.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day, or List Day, or Quiz Day. Here’s a mystery. We spend a huge amount of time with TV. Watching TV is probably the world’s most popular pastime and is the greatest use of time, after sleeping and work. In the United States, people spend more than four hours a day watching TV. Watching great television …