The End of Work: On Celebrating Labor Day Well

The End of Work: On Celebrating Labor Day Well

Labor Day has, at some level, always felt a little unnecessary to me. For, unlike Independence Day or Memorial Day, when we wrestle with aspects of our country that might seem out of sight, “labor” is something we do all the time. We do not, in other words, need to be...

10 Suggestions to Ensure You Vacation Well

I’m not known for my rest and relaxation skills. After a fun weekend of hanging out together, a friend said, “Renée, you should have a warning sticker on you that says, ‘Warning: Highly Active Person.'” My idea of a great vacation is more...

Why You Treat ‘Rest’ Like a Four-Letter Word

Do you remember what spring break was like? How about the joy and freedom of the last day of school? Or that moment when you’re getting close to the beach and you roll down the windows so you can feel the ocean breeze and taste the salt air? Recently, the kids...

Our Workaholic Busyness Keeps Us from Sabbath

The heavy snow that recently fell in our area brought surprising gifts: the requirement (and permission) to step away for a few days from routine busyness, to have longer stretches of uninterrupted time to read and to think, and to rest without irrational guilt over...

Simple pleasures

If I had a dream place to get away from time to time, it would look like this: a small mountain cabin, a rustic porch, a cascading stream with a wooded slope beyond and no other houses in view. It’s a place for listening to crickets and birds adding their songs...