It was so interesting speaking to the designers of the world’s largest bicycle garage for this month’s issue of PM Network Magazine, a trade publication by the Project Management Institute. While it’s hard to imagine any American city building a multi-store parking garage solely for bicycles, the concept hints at what the future of cities — even ours — may look like. As homeowners increasingly … Continue reading Too many bicycles. Not enough parking.
Alice Waters returned to her home state of New Jersey last week amid an unusual storm. All day, a mix of snow and rain poured down while high winds downed trees and pushed the precipitation until it seemed to be coming at cars and house sideways. The box office at William Paterson University, where she was speaking, had a recorded message assuring ticket holders that … Continue reading What Alice Waters misses on food
I was so thrilled to get into the NYC Half Marathon on my first attempt. It felt like a sign — the city giving me a huge welcome hug as we settle in the Northeast. But training has been a slog. I didn’t think about how cold it would be in these winter months. My only other experience with such a cold winter was in … Continue reading The trials of mothers who marathon
This morning, I bouled pizza dough to make mini pizzas for the kids. They were all dressed and watching Daniel Tiger, who was singing, “Making something is one way to say I love you.” I usually wake up in a haze (I’m not a morning person at all), desperate for more sleep and trudging along to get the kids ready. I prod them from one … Continue reading Wake and bake
We left Seattle nearly six months ago, and the shock has still not worn off. We live in a quaint Jersey town (which I, in my ignorance, didn’t even know was a thing). It was settled nearly a century before the country gained independence. There are Victorian mansions with ghosts, colonials with Roaring Twenties finishings that have withstood the test of time — which, in … Continue reading Salmon fishing in New Jersey
I still remember the first time I entered a library. It was an elementary school field trip, not long after my family had moved to California from Pakistan. My mom chaperoned (as she did every trip — helicoptering was her way of ensuring her children were safe in this new world), and when we got to the library, the librarian explained that we could each … Continue reading My love affair with libraries
One of my biggest struggles as a parent is feeding my kids. But if you were to observe our family, that wouldn’t be immediately obvious. The kids are healthy eaters. They tell me when they are hungry. They don’t snack much, they eat at mealtimes, and they are gaining weight appropriately. Yet feeding them is a great source of stress for me, perhaps because of … Continue reading The trials of feeding toddlers (kale & mushroom quiche)