Leaving the smartphone at home

I reached for my phone six times on my 40-minute drive to work. I picked up my jacket thinking it was in a pocket and then quickly put it back down, reminding myself each time that I would have to live without my phone for the day. Instead of listening to my favorite music on …

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‘That was Easy’

Some days we all need an Easy Button. You know what I mean: the Staples' Easy Button that the chain brought to the forefront in their 2005 Super Bowl advertising campaign that made the outlandish look, well, er, easy. We all have those days. Here’s what I mean: --The morning alarm clock comes too soon. …

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Telling time

I splurged last night. I bought myself a new watch. It's a finely tuned quartz chronograph with Swiss components and is water resistant to 100 meters. Some people shop and collect clothes. I collect watches. (I should add that most of my watches are moderately priced ones within my limited budget.) In this day and …

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Summer semester blues

I sprinted ten yards, stopped immediately to a brisk walk for a few paces and then sprinted again for another ten yards. I hadn’t even finished the first week of summer classes and I was already late to my first class. I had an early morning English 101 class, an introductory General Education class, that …

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My idea for the latest new app

I check my smartphone and it seems like the tech giants of the internet come out with new and improved apps every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new game or a photo editing tool or a time management app, they all promise the world. These new apps got me thinking about a few …

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A sticky note conundrum

I come home most nights to find little Post-it Notes scattered across the kitchen table. Some are normal sized 3 X 3 inches, others are even smaller. They’re mixed in with bills, fliers, and school newsletters and permission forms that have come home with my son from school. My anal compulsive nature starts flaring up …

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Fast and furious and going nowhere fast

I know that I've written blogs on this topic before, but I just couldn't resist. ----------------------------- I let off the brake and moved my car a few feet ahead before braking again. A line of red brake lights, two-lanes deep, spread before me in the darkened horizon like a pack of ants crawling in formation. …

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A modern-day horror story: Fighting blood-sucking parasites

They’re both pesky and, if you don’t watch, they can bring you to your knees. The first one: eight-legged ticks carrying serious diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. I live in the Northeast, which means I live in the targeted bullseye when it comes to ticks. In 2017, 95% of confirmed …

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Looking for a good book

I was great in January and February. I fell off the wagon in March and April. I picked myself back up in early May and promptly fell back down. New Year's resolutions? Dieting? Exercising? No, I’m on a quest to read more books. Like most people, I’m attached at my wrist to my cellphone. I'm …

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