• The Life of Jason

    September 12, 2015

    Every night at bedtime, my kids ask me to tell them a Jason story. Jason is a boy whose life is filled with adventure. And unlike most made-up stories that parents tell, Jason’s world is filled with the kind of detail and situations, just the right level of real life to make the stories relatable.... Read More

  • Don’t Tell People You’re Busy

    August 26, 2015

    Why do we constantly feel the need to tell people we’re busy?

  • How to Win Arguments Online

    August 17, 2015

    How do you win an argument online?

  • Too Busy to Help

    August 10, 2015

    I woke up yesterday thinking about the parable of the Good Samaritan. If you don’t know it, it’s a story that Jesus tells in Luke 10 and it goes little something like this: a man is traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. It’s a 17 mile trip through, and it was especially treacherous because it was... Read More

  • Was the Planned Parenthood hack a PR stunt?

    July 30, 2015

    I came across an article earlier today that said the Planned Parenthood hack looked an awful lot like a PR stunt, and pointed to some screenshots and code as evidence.  I was curious, so I dug around to see if I could find anything that indicated it was a PR stunt.  See, I have no love for... Read More

  • Spit the Pits

    July 19, 2015

    Have you ever had someone tell you something that was true, but you write it off because of who it’s coming from or how they’re telling you?

  • Magical Play Spaces

    July 7, 2015

    The stories we choose to tell and choose to believe are just as powerful now as when we were children.

  • Worst Week Ever

    July 3, 2015

    My last few posts have been pretty cerebral, so I decided to make this one a bit lighter. And by lighter I mean full of pain and suffering and laughter at the expense of my former self. I’m going to tell you a story about one of the worst weeks I’ve ever had. The time?... Read More

  • On Being Patient

    May 7, 2015

    I think it’s important to be patient with people.

  • On The Move

    March 19, 2015

    Last year, when we announced that were were moving from Pennsylvania to Upstate New York, we weren't exactly sure where we were going.

  • On Being A Landmark In Someone Else’s Life Journey

    February 24, 2015

    People change, but people often have a hard time dealing with other people’s change. Is it possible to sustain vibrant relationships through the process?

  • Gingerbread Houses

    December 13, 2014

    One of our favorite traditions of the Christmas season is making gingerbread houses with the children.  Thankfully, they’re at the age where their creativity is starting to take shape and it isn’t just Mom and Dad building the houses. Though we did have to help them frame the house. Thankfully, this year’s frosting held better than... Read More

  • Circles 2014 Conference

    September 30, 2014

    This was my first year attending the Circles Conference, put on by my friend Ismael Burciaga, so I wanted to record my first impressions for anyone looking to attend next year (hint: I highly recommend). Let me begin by saying the conference was very well-organized. There was a lot of polish and attention paid even... Read More

  • Crush Those Images

    September 9, 2014

    We have lots of different images that make Simply Recipes—more than 40, in fact.  The logo, stylistic elements, UI icons, third-party badges, and social media icons, along with double-sized retina versions of many of them.  And I haven’t even mentioned the images for our separate mobile template. Aside: When we launched our recent redesign, we moved away from... Read More

  • How We Got Our Rich Snippets Back

    September 5, 2014

    Several months ago the photos for our recipes disappeared from Google’s search result pages: Not great, since most people search visually, more so when they’re hungry. Now, I don’t like talking much about anything to do with SEO, since the landscape changes so often and I’m left feeling like Google’s little guinea pig.  However, I did want... Read More