Another US Teacher Slain: Social Media in Times of Grief

Another US Teacher Slain: Social Media in Times of Grief

I received a text very early this morning from my 17-year old daughter.  It read, “Mom, school is closed today; please call.  This is really messed up.” Upon calling my daughter, I learned that Danvers High School was closed today due to a homicide investigation.  Details were sketchy at this early hour.  Yet as the…

iUnplug Blog Series

This is Your Brain Unplugged©   Once Upon a Time Growing up as a teenager in the early 80’s, if you would have suggested to me that I needed to “unplug”, I would have gone around the house, taking all of the power cords out of the outlets.  If you are younger than 35 years…

Cyber Monday

Yesterday was Cyber Monday – a term I had only learned about last year.  I don’t know what that says about me, but according to Wikipedia, “the term made its debut on November 28, 2005 in a Shop.org press release entitled ‘Cyber Monday Quickly Becoming One of the Biggest Online Shopping Days of the Year”….

Halloween Facts and Folklore

Halloween Facts and Folklore We all know about Trick or Treating, ghost stories, ghouls and goblins, toilet papering the neighbor’s tree and Jack-O’-Lantern’s, but I have some interesting and fun Halloween facts and folklore you may not know. Halloween started out as a Gaelic harvest festival or festival of the dead back in pre-Christian times,…

Mindfulness Is Mind Control Without The Control

Many people I talk with view the practice of mindfulness as a passive action, they imagine paying attention as just looking out from their eyes at what’s happening in front of them, and that’s it. But far from being passive mindfulness is an active set of actions that require work and dedication if you are…

For Your Island Escape — the 10 Best in the World

There is something about being on an island. Smaller landmasses completely surrounded by water — for me — create the image of escaping to some remote paradise where the sky is blue and the ocean turquoise. Abundant natural settings where you can be as alone as you care to. A place where you can discover,…

Another US Teacher Slain: Social Media in Times of Grief

Another US Teacher Slain: Social Media in Times of Grief

I received a text very early this morning from my 17-year old daughter.  It read, “Mom, school is closed today; please call.  This is really messed up.” Upon calling my daughter, I learned that Danvers High School was closed today due to a homicide investigation.  Details were sketchy at this early hour.  Yet as the…

Mindfulness – Fad or Revolution?

“What is mindfulness, anyway? One definition from the 2005 book Mindfulness and Psychotherapy describes mindfulness as “(1) awareness, (2) of present experience, (3) with acceptance.” “While mindfulness will not solve all of our problems, it is a powerful tool with great potential to help us all transform our relationship with our problems when it is…

iUnplug Blog Series

This is Your Brain Unplugged©   Once Upon a Time Growing up as a teenager in the early 80’s, if you would have suggested to me that I needed to “unplug”, I would have gone around the house, taking all of the power cords out of the outlets.  If you are younger than 35 years…

This is Your Brain Unplugged

This is Your Brain Unplugged©  Blog Series   Check out our new Blog Series beginning September 24, 2013!  We look forward to hearing your stories about the off-line activities you do to make your brain happy!  😀

Unplugged with Love Bugs

If you live in the southeastern United States, Louisiana or Texas, you are probably most familiar with Love Bugs.  And whether you believe that the existence of these insects resulted from a genetics experiment gone wrong or that their arrival here is simply due to migration, one thing is clear: they have a reputation for…

Elusive Opening

Before our gaze can capture a moment it’s gone, gone as if it never existed never vibrated with possibility never danced in front of our eyes with glowing opportunity. I reached frantically attempting to hold it but quickly the moment dissolved before me leaving but warm sadness pooled before my human self. Elusive Opening knowing…

Taking A Walk

Sometimes while on a long walk my attention will click on and I realize I haven’t seen any of the objects or scenery I’ve passed by, I haven’t felt the sun nor connected with the sweet smell of nature. The buildings and tress have whirred by as if I was spinning on a carnival ride…

Floor To Ceiling Social Media Rolls On

  Some like to fill their living spaces from floor to ceiling with treasures, me I like to see how little I can keep in a room and still have it function. Martin Mull has a great comedy routine about needing more space for more stuff and, it could easily be applied to our relationship…

Vanishing Connections Weekend

It’s much easier to disconnect yourself from technology on weekends than during the week. Friends and events are much more abundant when the weekend rolls around, it’s as if something has vanished and our stress levels have fallen ever so slightly. The picture below of a baseboard without sockets caught my eye and I wanted…

How Often Do You Unplug

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