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Thank G-d for Obamacare Because You Never Know

For the past few years, I have written extensively about the Affordable Care Act.  Like here.  And here.  I’ve interviewed Secretary Sebelius about the act.  I’ve served as the press pooler in the Oval Office in a meeting about the act. When I wrote all those posts, I was laughably lucky.  Living a pretty comfortable […]

#MicroblogMondays 5: Armchair Traveler

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Gizmodo had an article about an Occulus-Rift-like contraption created by Marriott that turned virtuality into a 4D experience.  It’s not just seeing images in front of you: you’re inside a teleporter-like device that pipes in […]

What Would You Wish For?

So a guy goes to a few countries and asks people on the street what they would wish for if they were to come across a magic-granting genie.  Once you get past the first 42 seconds of wishes for money, it becomes very moving.  And yes, your heart will get a little mushy and you […]

I Joined Ello Because…

…Actually, I’m not sure why.  Afterward, I came up with a reason: I could finally be present for the nascent stage of a site.  But that hadn’t occurred to me when I logged in the first time. For those who don’t know, Ello is a new social media site.  It’s simple; maybe too simple.  It’s […]

IComLeavWe: October 2014

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point. Blogging is a conversation and comments should be honoured and encouraged. I like to say that comments are the new hug–a […]

513th Friday Blog Roundup

For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to convince the ChickieNob that she wants a simple Halloween costume.  Would she like to be Hermione Granger again?  Would she like to be the Tardis?  That one seems easy to make.  But no, she has her heart set on one character and one character only: Madame […]

New Year

Tonight is Jewish New Year’s Eve.  The last day of 5774.  It feels ridiculously futuristic when you write the date like that.  It feels ridiculously ancient when you consider the world by the Hebrew calendar. Despite my overwhelming Western-minded dependance on clocks (in Judaism, our days aren’t 24 hours.  They’re sundown to sundown.  One day […]

Stolen Baby Photos

This may fall under the most unnerving things I’ve read today: “The practice of ‘baby role-playing.’ Participants generally hijack new parents’ photos and use them on Instagram to enact fantasies about adoption and basic childcare tasks—though sometimes it gets much, much darker.” So it’s a role-playing game.  Except with photos of actual humans who did […]

Harry Potter Book Club

Speaking of wanting to live in a book… The twins are obviously now back at school.  They drifted back to school happily.  I sat at the kitchen table and cried.  I don’t do very well with the start of school. I volunteer a lot at their school, mostly doing tech projects with the various grades.  […]

#MicroblogMondays 4: Wish I Was There

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I am reading Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and I have to read it slowly because it sort of hurts my heart.  I want it to be true.  I want there to really be a magic […]

Writing Could Save Your Life

So I’m obviously a complete and utter liar since I said that I would never remind you about #MicroblogMondays again, but really, if you want to blame someone, blame Loribeth because she is the one who sent me this brilliant article. If you’re not going to click over and read it, it basically says that […]

512th Friday Blog Roundup

I posted about this on Twitter and Facebook because it has been on my mind lately.  Most of the twins’ friends are out of car seats.  My kids are still in boosters and will be for a long time because the recommendation (well, it ranges between recommendation and law depending on where you live) is […]

Why We Blog

Fine, it’s far from realistic: a boy posts a story on his brand-spanking-new blog and suddenly it goes viral and donations pour in from all corners of the Internet to help them pay for their dog’s surgical bills.  He’s able to Google his name and see that 2,876 people have read it.  But really, Jojo […]

How Do You Know Your Patronus?

Last week, JK Rowling revealed the form her Patronus takes —  a pine marten.  Which is so adorable that I’ve stopped coveting the rabbit that lives in our backyard, and now I’m coveting my very own pine marten friend who will chillax with me while I write.  Nerdist also reviewed several characters’ Patronuses, and you […]

#MicroblogMondays 3: Makes Me Happy

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. We watch Doctor Who every Saturday night, and Sunday morning, I go on the blogs and see what other people thought of the episode.  I tend to read other people who love the show as […]

Three Times Forms a Habit

I recently downloaded an app that gives me 17 options for wave sounds.  I can listen to water slapping against stones or waves crashing on the sand.  I prefer one called “waves and froth” partially because it’s the most relaxing, beach-y sound and partially because of the commentary Josh makes about froth. So, I’ve been […]

511th Friday Blog Roundup

I can’t even… Fine, I will. The most offensive quotes from Time magazine’s “Why Not Having Kids Makes Some People Crazy” (beyond the title itself) are thankfully all crowded in the beginning of the article, such as, “So it’s not just whether they had kids that made people depressed or content, it’s how badly they […]

Things Biz Stone Told Me (Part Three)

This is that sandwich effect you always read about.  In the first post about Biz Stone’s book, Things a Little Bird Told Me, I gave you something I really liked that I chewed on a bit.  In the second post, I gave you something that made my eyes widen in disbelief.  And now, in the […]

Things Biz Stone Told Me (Part Two)

If you missed the first post, I didn’t actually speak to Biz Stone.  He whispered these sweet nothing in my ear via his book, Things a Little Bird Told Me. The second thought that I chewed on (that I am now passing to your mouth-y brain to chew on) came on page 123, but the […]

Things Biz Stone Told Me (Part One)

I didn’t actually sit down and have a conversation with Biz Stone, but I read his book Things a Little Bird Told Me.  I’ve been chewing over a bunch of ideas I read in the book, and I want to share three of them with all of you so you can chew on this wad, […]

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