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The Farce of French

My middle two children are studying French. It’s done through a very good DVD course with textbook and workbook. Unfortunately, I am the classroom quizzer and Pasha and Mashenka don’t like it one bit. The first exhibits shut-downs, the second, meltdowns. I learn that they follow their video-instructor’s every hint as to what will be…

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Texts Gone Astray

The other day I sent a text message. That very fact says a lot considering that I really didn’t send any maybe six months ago. Now I’ve expanded from texting two people to ten or twelve. Woo-hoo. However, it can backfire. When texts are sailing back and forth, fast and furious, I can get confused…

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The Road Less Traveled: Staying Home for Spring Break

Exhaustion, snow storms, the economy, or any of a number of other considerations can lead folks to stay home come spring break. I mean, if you can’t get away, you can’t. Often thought to be a vacation time for college students, many professionals and families in the Northeast and Midwest are ready to head somewhere,…

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The Facebook Farce with Freedom of Speech

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerman took a stance of solidarity with the Charlie Hebdo magazine following the terrorist attacks in Paris. While I believe in freedom of speech, you won’t find me wearing any “Je suis Charlie” t-shirt because I don’t like when folks are offensive. Argumentative, yes. Offensive, no. Zuckerman stated that he believes in freedom…

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Security Issues: Of Drones and Deep-Cover Spies

Threats to the U.S. government abound. Some may say that the greatest threats come from those actually running the country, but that’s another topic for another day. Have you heard what happened yesterday? In the early morning hours of Monday, a two-foot-long, quad copter drone (four propellers) crashed on the White House lawn. That caused…

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Learning Twitter

Some people think I should know social media. Why, I have no idea. All the news that’s fit to print I put in this blog, for you, my faithful readers. Do you really want to know that I saw Mrs. Obama at the Target store? Do you need to know that I ate a salad…

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Selfie on a Stick

Who knew? Selfie on a stick. Click stick. Never heard about it. Made Time magazine’s “Top 25 Inventions of 2014”, was on Good Morning, America, the Today Show, in the New York Post, Fashion Week Daily, and more. How did I hear about this amazing invention? Every Asian tourist in Washington, DC, had one in…

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Mother-Son Texts

Only one of our teens has a phone and that is by design. I can’t keep up with one, how would I handle three more? He’s the one who taught me how to text in three alphabets and numerous other languages, as I’m in touch with friends, relatives, and associates worldwide. But most of all,…

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Fave Family Photos

Holidays often bring photos. I love it, I love seeing families gathered together. Even when they all look pained by the thought of it, lol. Growing up, I don’t remember our family taking any group shots, but there are many of us as individuals. We also went to a professional studio where we took solo…

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Technology Tensions

I like the idea of technology, really I do. It just never seems to work out how it’s supposed to. Ever. And being faithful and true really means a lot to me. So if something’s going to crash and burn exactly at the point when I need it, ya know, I’d rather not be involved…….

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