Waxin’ Philosophical

I have a confession to make: I am a hoarder. Of school supplies, that is. It started in the early days of my teaching career, when I scoured back-to-school ads for ridiculous deals, like composition notebooks for 10 cents. I'd click my heels with teacher glee as...

We all know the typical kids birthday party drill: balloons, cake, unbridled enthusiasm (aka "the crazy") and, of course, presents. Lots of them. I'm not sure why present-opening is such an entrenched American tradition. You'd think the forefathers wrote in the Declaration of Independence: "And on each birthday,...

I recently read the book Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson. As the title would lead one to believe, this is an environmentalist book, recommended by my eco-savvy friend Melissa (who, even though she is super eco-conscious, cautioned that Zero Waste is "a bit extreme"...

The word "minimalism" can be scary because it often makes people think of being deprived. While it is true that minimalists live with less than most folks, they don't usually feel deprived because they choose to live only with the things they love. I think it's both good organizing...

To-do lists are a pain. I'm pretty organized, but when I look at my to-do lists, I often feel overwhelmed and inadequate. Literally, my heartbeat ratchets up and I can feel my least favorite emotion - stress - sneaking down my spine. Why is this? Well, probably...