• Teach Yourself a Skill You’ve Always Wanted to Learn (184/365)

    About two years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to play the piano. I didn’t do this for any other reason than personal enrichment. Prior to that, I had never played a musical instrument in my life. I had no knowledge at all of musical theory. I couldn’t even read any sheet …

  • Actively Opposing Personal Change

    Recently, I’ve been exchanging emails with Lisa, a reader who came to me with a story that’s achingly famililar. Rather than quoting twenty paragraphs of text, I’ve chosen to paraphrase her story a bit. Lisa is married to a guy named Jeff. They’re pretty freshly out of college and both have reasonably well-paying jobs. They …

  • Learn a New Card Game (183/365)

    One interesting phenomenon I’ve noticed over the years is that many extended families, when they all congregate, have a card game that many members of the family play together. With my own extended family, for example, four point pitch is the card game of choice. With my wife’s extended family, the card game of choice …

  • Reader Mailbag: Swimming and Hair

    What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Cell phone life expectancy 2. MLM question 3. Discovering new music 4. Asking for money at wedding 5. Cold homemade laundry detergent 6. Prayer 7. Before …

  • Play Games for Free Online (182/365)

    I’ve been an electronic gamer most of my life. I was playing games on my older brother’s Atari when I was four. I mastered Super Mario Brothers when I was nine. I’ve owned at least one video game console from every console generation. Yet, today, I spend more time playing free games than anything else. …

  • Creating New Routines

    My two year old is struggling with potty training. He knows what he’s supposed to do in the bathroom and he’s pretty happy when he does things properly. His challenge is that he doesn’t even think about it when he’s focused on playing or having a book read to him. When he realizes what he’s …