iGen- Book Review

Whether you’re a parent, a teacher, an employer, or just an observer of the human condition, there is a good chance you’re concerned about the youth of today.  They are glued to their phones, they don’t go outside, they can’t/won’t get jobs, they seem incapable of genuine, face-to-face communication.  What are we going to do with them?  Take away their devices?  Kick them out of the house?  Throw up our hands and give up? Continue reading

The Circle- Movie Review

Imagine a monolithic technology company.  A Google/Facebook/Apple hybrid.  And imagine that company decides to globally eliminate all secrets and privacy.  Everyone’s every waking moment is broadcast in real time for the whole world to see.  No matter how intimate.  No matter how sensitive.  Like Big Brother on steroids, only using contemporary or very-near-future technologies that Orwell’s worst nightmares couldn’t have even fathomed.  Sounds horrific, right?  Continue reading

In Praise of Daylight Saving Time

Over the last few years, much has been said against the practice of daylight saving time.  It’s antiquated, it’s unnecessary, it’s confusing, it provides no benefit.  I beg to differ.  In fact, I wish to take things in the opposite direction.  Here’s why. Continue reading

Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person- Book Review

Graham Parke has done it again.  With his finger firmly on the pulse of the technology-addled contemporary dating scene, Park’s Sometimes I’m So Smart I Almost Feel Like a Real Person is a hilariously parodic frolic into the world of the “I know everything, even though I’ve never done anything” world of the failure-to-launch millennial romantic.  Continue reading

2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge- Year in Review

book-stackIt’s 2017!  Where has 2016 gone?  It was a great year for reading, and I met my reading challenge (notice I’m not saying “goal.”  I have a tricky relationship with goals and reading, as I’ve addressed in this specific context before).  Here’s how the year went: Continue reading

The Joys and Sorrow of Fitbit

fitbitA Fitbit falls firmly in the category of items I would never purchase for myself.  It’s trendy, it’s techie, it’s expensive.  But when the craze hit, I was mildly (if remotely) curious.  So when a family member unexpectedly got me one a little over a year ago, I decided to check it out. Continue reading

“Upstream” by Mary Oliver- Book Review

upstreamI can’t read Mary Oliver’s poetry (which I have been doing a lot lately), without considering her process.  Not knowing anything else, I imagined long walks and lots of quiet pondering.  Early mornings.  But also late nights afterwards.  At a desk.  With a warm lamp. Writing, drifting, thinking.  I imagined a dog with her, maybe, on these walks or by the fire. Sometimes. Lots of quiet.  Upstream, a collection of her essays, filled in some, but not all, of the blanks. Continue reading

Million Dollar Book Swap Idea!

book-swapI’ve got a multi-million dollar book swap app idea!  Are you ready?  Here it goes!  Okay, so it’s not original to me.  Goodreads.com actually did it first, and it was great, but then they stopped doing it, and I was sad.  I used it a few times, sent several books, ordered several more, the most it ever cost you was the postage.  You earned credits for every book you sent away at no cost to you.  Earn ten credits, and you don’t even have to pay the postage on the next book you acquire.  That’s right!  Give away ten books you don’t want anymore, and you can get one book you really do want, yours to keep, absolutely free! Continue reading