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…

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!  😀

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…

Step Away from the Device

PART 1 Why is Stuart Crabb, a director in the executive offices of Facebook, suggesting a warning to log off once in awhile?   “In a place where technology is seen as an all-powerful answer, it is increasingly being seen as too powerful, even addictive.  The concern, voiced in conferences and in recent interviews with…

Looking At Monotony

[View the story “Staying With Monotony” on Storify] Staying With Monotony Enveloped by cloudy gray mist giving us no hint of relief. I crave distraction so I can escape this prison of self, this prison I label monotony. Storified by craig daniels· Tue, Feb 26 2013 11:38:51 Like the Sirens of mythology today’s distractions call…

Top 12 Procrastination Benefits

“These procrastination benefits trick your brain into believing that it is a good thing. Learn to spot the hidden rewards and overcome your procrastination. 4. You avoid serious arguments By procrastinating a confrontation with someone about an argument or something you didn’t agree on. You avoid a fight by not doing anything. The ‘procrastination benefits’…

A Twist to Unplugging

John Mertz postulates that unplugging is not disengaging from community, I agree 100%. In fact moving away from our dependance on technology is a great opportunity to engage on a whole new level with those around us, with those near us. Before we became so tied up in virtual communities most of us spent time…

Is Advertising and Entertainment Our Enemy?

I usually don’t pay much attention to blog posts that talk about the psychological programing that we subject ourselves to everyday but, every once in a while I think it’s a good thing to remind ourselves of the huge amount of advertising and social propaganda we are feeding into our minds each day. The question…

Uncovering Creativity by Interrupting Delusion

Sometimes Delusion is closely aligned with our old friend Distraction and, in many cases the result is exactly the same no matter what word we use to define the present state of our mind, if we are somewhere else we’re missing out. Marketers know this, do you? Unpluging is a great first start to Interrupting…

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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