Haugh About That?: Life as a minimalist

Walking into my apartment, exhausted after a long day of negotiations on my recent listing in Los Altos, I stopped and looked around at the tiny space I called home. Just a year ago, I sold my beautiful five-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot home – filled with memories and pictures of my four kids on every wall – and downsized to what felt like a 780-square-foot closet. My first thought was, “I should be crying over this change.” Instead, I smiled.


A Piece of My Mind: What does 'vibrancy' mean?

“I’m in favor of a vibrant downtown.”

Column: Catholic jilt

I’m Catholic. And I don’t know what to do.

Well, I do know what to do, I just can’t believe that I have to abandon what has been the cornerstone of my faith for the past half-century.

No Shoes, Please: Four agreements

The 1997 best-seller “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz outlined a deceptively simple path to a life well-lived:

• Be impeccable with your word.

A Piece of My Mind: Smog, The sequel

When I was growing up in Los Altos, smog was the norm. Many a morning as I walked to school, the air was so full of dirt that the foothills were invisible – I might as well have been living on a prairie.

Haugh About That?: A work of heart

At the sound of a text at 4 a.m., I jumped out of bed ready to run out the door. I’d only gotten five hours of sleep, but this was one event I refused to be late for.

No Shoes, Please: Doggie daycare

I am ashamed that every week, twice a week, for roughly five hours, I put Eloise in doggie day care. It’s like I’m back to parenting a toddler enrolled in preschool, and I’m using those precious hours while the child is out of my hair to run errands or clean the house. However, in my case, the toddler is actually a 1-year-old dog who gets regularly walked twice a day and shouldn’t need much more than a fresh bowl of water and a place to nap in order for me to go about an average day without spending any extra money on servicing her needs.

But Eloise is different, and this is another source of deepening shame – that I consider her precious and exceptional. However, there is something about her. When I announce, “I’m taking the dog to day care,” I can just feel the relief and gratitude embedded in cheery goodbyes, like, “Have a good time, Eloise!” When I drop her off, I mouth those same words, only sometimes I feel like what I’m actually saying is something more along the lines of, “Good riddance!”


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