The Balanced Guy: On A Rite of Passage

As the father of three boys and a four-years-and-running Cub Scout Den Leader, I’d like to think I have a pretty good handle on what makes boys tick. I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, what they like: Legos, toy guns (or anything that can be used as a toy gun, like a stick),…

Who Moved My Cheese?

Ah, change. I’ve never been a fan of it myself. Just ask any person who knows me: My hair stands on end at even the slightest hint of my cheese being moved. To wit, I’ve made my bed every morning before doing anything else since I could tuck in the blankets. I use the same…

The Balanced Guy: On Fun

After a lot of thinking and mulling and some stream-of-consciousness writing (which I will spare you from reading) to get to an idea for this week’s post, I stumbled, as if by magic, on a great idea for spending time with your kids and getting them out of doors (and with a weekend that is…

It’s National Yoga Month—Free Yoga For All

To me, the end of summer and the promise of fall is akin to having a clean slate from which to work from, like a new year, if you will (blame it on all those marking periods and semesters living by the school calendar). And more often than not at this time of year, I…

Your New Best Friend Awaits

If you can believe it, I did not grow up with dogs. (For the record, it was my dear old dad who couldn’t handle the hair and slobber, despite the fact that every dog he came in contact with immediately cleaved itself to his side … and pant leg.) I know, I know, it’s hard…

9.2.10: Be Our P.S. Guest: Have Some Pie

As you know, we have a bevy of all-knowing, fabulous friends who we call on to bring their unique P.O.V. on a variety of local topics to our blogosphere. Today’s post is compliments of Sarah Vander Schaaff: mother of two and the word-slinger behind Lunch Box Mom, a weekly blog dedicated to the vast and…

“The Sedaris” Is Upon Us

I fondly remember the first time I experienced the works of humorist-writer-comedian-NPR contributor David Sedaris: I was on the Harrisburg Clocker (for all of you P-Junction commuters, you know what I’m talking about: that Amtrak train we used to be allowed to ride … but that’s another rant for another blog) bound for a magazine…

The Balanced Guy: On a Day of Unwiring

As I mentioned last week, an underlying theme has been emerging in my blog posts lately: the notion of doing instead of buying. For example, going for a bike ride instead of purchasing the newest gadget. I’m also beginning to notice in my readings and such, that more attention is being paid to the long-term effects…

A Little Summer Music…

Long time, no blog, I know. I think I caught a bit of that “summer fever” going around. My husband still charmingly refers to it as “Senioritis,” and I have to agree with him because the symptoms are, regardless of our respective ages and the time of year, exactly the same: The attention span of…

The Balanced Guy: On Happiness

The editors of this fine blog recently went back to categorize the entries (including ones from yours truly) to make it easier for readers to browse back and re-read the bits and pieces of pithy knowledge previously proffered. In an effort to assist, I counted my contributions (25, not including this one) and took a…