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How to deal with the news right now

scary news

I’ve been trying to write this blog post for a while, and each time I pause to reflect on the horrors of the recent news, another wave crashes and I need more time to come up for air. I don’t remember a time in my life where the world felt so frightening, and where I felt so helpless. I’m devastated by the race relations travesty I’m watching unfold. I’m outraged at what I see, but don’t know what my place is in the…

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I’m in some magazines…

Magazines: Redbook & Good Housekeeping

Being in a magazines is kind of like having a baby. You wait and wait and wait and then one day you walk by a newsstand and BAM, there’s the issue you contributed to all those months ago. Okay, so it’s not like having a baby at all. But it sure is fun to see your name in print, and I’m especially honored this summer to be in a stack of publications I love so much, and read all the time.…

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Disconnect Living

Freedom

Jasper Johns Flags Freedom

I’m thinking about freedom on Independence Day: Freedom from the responsibilities of parenthood, and freedom from technology. It’s complicated. Last Thursday, I said goodbye to my kids for seven weeks. I’ll see them at the mid-point for Visitor’s Day, but aside from that they’re off to summer camp, free of parental supervision for nearly two months. As I write this, my husband and I are in Mexico for a weekend getaway, to reconnect with each other after a hectic year, free…

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Tech Speak: Internet of Things (or, IoT)

internet of things

You probably thought the ginormous Internet couldn’t get any bigger. And you figured the proliferation of connected devices in your life had reached critical mass? Well, stand back, because we’re just getting started. Coined in 1999 by British Entrepreneur Kevin Ashton, the term “Internet of Things,” often abbreviated IoT, refers to the trend toward everyday objects—your coffeemaker, your porch light, your purse—being empowered with wi-fi transmitters. Think of it as if they have tiny “brains” of their own, so they…

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Things I’m Loving

Things I'm Loving

Bon weekend, everyone! Hope your weekend is relaxing— I’m light on plans and that’s just how I want it. If you need me, I’ll be in my backyard, doing some leisure reading… and snacking. Leaving you with a few things that have been piling up in my “that’s very cool” folder. Hope you enjoy! Charger Bag by Parker Thatch X Goop You could park all your chargers in a plastic bag when you travel, but they’ll be less incentivized to jump back in for the…

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Living a Phygital Life

High Tech Teen Room

Lately, I’ve noticed that technology is being blamed for many of society’s ailments. We’re disenfranchised from one another, and it’s those darn smartphones! While it’s true that, at times, we all find ourselves out of balance, you can no sooner blame your smartphone for your hours lost to Pinterest any more than we can blame a cupcake for finding its way home from the bakery and into your stomach. Tempting as they both are, we have to regain some control…

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