How to Manage when your Long-Term Plans are Vague

Most of the life advice I’ve read tends to focus on the “knowing where you’re going.” As the good ol’ Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going,you’ll end up someplace else.” Great. Makes sense. But knowing where you’re going isn’t always so obvious. Does this mean that those of us who […]


Our Favorite Planner Company Just Upped the Customization Game

As self-professed planner nerds, we were pretty excited to learn yesterday that our beloved Plum Paper planner company has just released a new cover customization tool. Plum Paper, which sells notebooks, address books, and planners with nine(!) different interior layouts, now allows you to customize the cover layout, font, and colors. Can’t make up your […]


Five Things to do in October

Read: The Girl on the Train Unless you’re the type that prefers to see the movie first, you officially have 7 days to read the book ahead of time. Hop to it! Learn: Basic Life Support Do you know how deep CPR compressions should be? Do you know how to use an AED? Do you […]


The Renaissance Series: How focus can lead to variety

The Renaissance Series features stories and advice on how to lead a productive and organized life when all you want to do is everything. Focus is the enemy. Or, at least, that’s what it seems like when you feel compelled to pursue every new interest and idea that pops into your head. But experience and […]


When it’s Summer and you Feel Like Meh

Common opinion would have us believe that if there’s ever a time for happiness, it’s during the summer. Sun all day, beaches, cocktails on the patio….How can it all fail to bring a smile to your face? While we accept the winter blues, if it’s summer and you feel kind of like s***, it’s hard […]


Four Books to Get Your Sweaty Hands on Before the Summer Ends

Summer is winding to a close and it is hot, hot, hot. If you’re melting away in a woefully under-airconditioned home, and you only have the strength to keep your eyes open and turn pages, we’ve got just the thing for you. But you’ll need to get these books quick. Once the weather cools, you’ll […]


Dealing with Domestic Disasters: Six Items to Have on Hand

A few weeks ago, I had what you might call a plumbing disaster. I’ll spare you the details, but it involved a toilet and a LOT of water. While the experience was anything but fun, it reminded me of the importance of having a few items on hand for when domestic disasters strike. Perhaps my […]

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Book Talk: Market Street by Anita Hughes

Chick lit, beach books, whatever you want to call it, this stuff is my (zero-feelings-of-guilt) pleasure. Market Street by Anita Hughes embodies everything I love and everything I find wildly problematic about this genre. Cassie Fenton is a thirty-something wife to a Berkeley ethics professor 10+ years her senior, and heiress to the Fenton’s luxury […]


How to Read Like a Graduate Student

The vast majority of PhD students in the humanities experience a (rather horrible) process known as comprehensive exams. This often involves the creation of several lists of fifty to one hundred books centered around a given topic, which the student must then proceed to “read” (however you choose to interpret that), and then be tested […]