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Foursquare and Back-to-School Shopping

I am about to take my kids shopping for school. I am super excited — giddy really — that they are headed back to school. But I’m not happy about the shopping part. I’ve seen estimates that say parents spend…

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Am I a Dork in these Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones? I Don’t Care.

I once considered over-ear headphones dorky. I couldn’t understand people who wore them around the city as if they had just fled jobs as air-traffic controllers and forgotten to take them off. Then, despite my fashion-slave prejudices and because my…

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Printing from a Smart Phone is Easy

It’s one of the rules of modern life that the printer will run out of ink only when the thing you are printing is urgent and you don’t have time to get more ink. This just happened to me. As…

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Netflix for Families

I like Netflix better than most other things for my kids TV watching needs. It lets them watch on the device they have, lets me keep an eye on what they watch, and sometimes — when I see one of…

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It Is Time to Fix Education: Our Kids Are Too Small to Fail

Recently, my husband and daughter (14) enjoyed a raucous dinner conversation where she declared her love for Voltaire and jokingly attempted to work all of her recent vocabulary words — including misogyny, misanthrope, monogamy, and matriculate — into one sentence….

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Busy Day? Put One of These in Your Purse

  When I’m busy, I rely on my smart phone. So it’s always on a super busy day, that it decides to start demanding a charge at around dinner time. But I don’t want to stop and charge it. I…

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Is My Teen Crazy?

I have two teenagers. And sometimes I walk away from conversations with them wondering if one of us insane. My daughter has become known for her proclamation, “I am supposed to act crazy! I’m a teenager.” Is all the crazy…

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Planning a Tech-Free Vacation

My family started taking a tech-free vacation years ago. The first time, I persuaded my family it would be fun to hike to the top of the Smoky Mountains and stay at Le Conte lodge. (That’s a view from the…

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A Month of Free Yoga and a Yoga Giveaway

Need a little “me” time? Trying to squeeze more exercise into a busy life. Me too. I’ve been going to Bikram Yoga lately. It’s crazy. But I’m turning into one of those crazy hot yoga people I once mocked. I wish, though, that I…

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Get a Job You Can Do From Home

My sister recently lost her job. This sort of personal crisis is usually a bad thing. But she hated her job. And try as she might, could not get upset about losing it. She called me, ecstatic. “I should be…

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