Why are we busy?

I have long been intrigued by the fact that I (like almost everyone else I know) habitually answer the question, ‘How are you doing?’ with almost robotic predictability: ‘Oh, you know, swamped — so busy these days!’ What do I hope that you, the listener, know about me when I describe myself in this way? …

What geese think about the real estate market

“A March morning,” writes Aldo Leopold, “is only as drab as he who walks in it without a glance skyward, ear cocked for geese.” Before reading these words, I had initially drafted the beginning of this letter with some thoughts (well, complaints) about the way that the Spring Equinox here at latitude 42° north can …