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Technology can distract us from the path to happiness and self-realization, or it can help us get there. This page offers reflections, resources and advice on how to turn the web into an engine of self-discovery, creative expression and mental health. It also offers cautionary tales about some of the struggles and excesses that come along with integrating technology into our personal and professional lives. If you’re trying to figure out how to integrate technology into your life with integrity and purpose, I hope the resources here will help.

7 ways you can learn to love reading ebooks

January 7, 2014
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About a decade ago, somebody gave us our first crock pot, also known as a slow cooker. For months we feasted on the remarkably easy, delicious dishes it could produce: chicken tagines and chilis, beef briskets and vegan stews. Then I made the mistake of discussing our love of slow-cooker food with a fellow crock [...]

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11 things I want to stop learning

July 23, 2013

There are some things I seem destined to learn over and over again, and gosh, I wish I could stop learning them already. For example: Unplug it before you open it. If you don’t want to do it tomorrow, you won’t want to do it in three months, either. Just because Apple makes it doesn’t mean [...]

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End those digital fasts with these 5 April Fool’s Day pranks

March 26, 2013

Well, folks, it’s almost that time again: Easter. Also known as the end of Lent. Or what should be known as national coming out day for all the people who’ve just spent the past 40 days doing some kind of digital fast. They inevitably come back with a desire to enlighten us with their Enormous [...]

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13 New Year’s resolutions for a better life online

December 31, 2012

As you start the new year with the best intentions for your personal, professional and emotional development, don’t forget to put your tech life on the list. Here are 13 resolutions to choose from, depending on your own tech challenges and commitments; you’ll know which one is right from the combination of excitement and anxiety [...]

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Towards a geography of digital memory

March 6, 2012
View from Sutton Place Hotel

I’m in Toronto for a lightning trip, speaking tomorrow at a luncheon hosted by Women in Film & Television. Tonight I’m staying at the Sutton Place Hotel, which puts me at the epicentre of memory for my first 25 years of life. From the east-facing window of my suite I look down the barrel of [...]

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S.E.O. is payback for teenage freaks

February 24, 2012

Today I was catching up with my colleague Haig Armen when he asked me if I knew Steve Andersen. “You mean, Steve Andersen from Salesforce?” I asked. ["You mean, Steve Anderson of Open Media?" my husband asked later.] “No, Steve Anderson of Get Mental Notes,” Haig replied. “See, this is why it’s better to be [...]

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5 commandments for your digital fast this Lent

February 21, 2012

I’m not really a Lent kinda gal. (It may have something to do with me being Jewish.) But for the past few years, I’ve felt increasingly Lent-aware, because of the sheer number of people who now seem to give up Facebook for Lent (but then tweet about it), email for Lent (but then blog about [...]

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Focus on your priorities with O.M.F.T.

February 8, 2012

Last night I was delighted to participate in a panel hosted by Canadian Women in Communications, speaking alongside Rebecca Bollwitt (aka Miss 604) and Gillian Shaw of the Vancouver Sun. CWC President Stephanie MacKendrick did a terrific job of eliciting our respective stories on how we got into social media, and really homed in on [...]

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How much social media is enough?

January 3, 2012

Today’s practice: Focus on quality, not quantity. Today’s tweets are full of references to New Year’s resolutions: “Tweet more”. “Tweet less”. “Blog more”. “Blog less.” “Check Facebook no more than once a day.” “Check Facebook at least once a day.” You get the idea. Like at least one other notable aspect of human intercourse, social [...]

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How to follow your own principles online

December 13, 2011
Angel and Devil of social media metrics

Listen carefully to any twinge of discomfort when you’re online. It’s there to help you learn how to follow your own principles online.

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Learn to listen online by lurking silently on one social network

December 9, 2011
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Today’s practice:  Practice your listening skills by choosing one social network where you’ll pay active attention, but not actually contribute. My friend Jason Mogus likes to say that we teach what we need to learn. I have long taken this as the single best explanation for my career of hectoring people to listen using social media, [...]

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