Top Posts of 2011: Personal

Breaking my personal record for Craziest Apple Store Visit

Breaking my personal record for Craziest Apple Store Visit

Yesterday, 10 minutes into my flight to Toronto, my MacBook Pro's screen died. completely and dramatically. So when I hit the ground in TO, the first thing I did was called the nearest Apple store to see if I could get into the Genius Bar for a short-term fix. All...
9 ways the Internet can cheer your mood when you’re feeling sad

9 ways the Internet can cheer your mood when you’re feeling sad

A rough day: we all have them. Yet no day is so rough that it should shake your faith in the Internet as, if not a universal cure, than a widely applicable balm. Here are 5 ways the Internet can cheer you up when you’re blue: Create something. Upload a picture....
Leaning into online struggles

Leaning into online struggles

The fourth time I got a call from the principal’s office, I knew I had to rethink our school year. One of our kids was having a tough time in class, and I had already made several visits to the teacher, the classroom and the principal’s office. Not only...
6 solutions to the sadness of social media

6 solutions to the sadness of social media

Is social media making us sad? On the UK’s Channel 4 News website, Benjamin Cohen is concerned that social media is changing the nature of friendship, and has adjusted his use of social media in response: I’ve stopped sharing as much, full stop….I’m not...
The 10 best tips on how to write an online dating profile

The 10 best tips on how to write an online dating profile

It was inevitable that one of my single friends would get the hint. I go on and on about my fascination with online dating, and how tragic it is that I missed out by getting married before it was really a thing, and how much I would like to learn more about how it all...
8 ways to beat the urgency trap in online communications

8 ways to beat the urgency trap in online communications

In a thoughtful post about The Pitfalls of social media, Aleksandr Voinov writes Social Media exerts pressure on us to do things immediately and respond to everything immediately. I’m not sure about you, but sometimes I like to think things through and discuss...
Creating a family social media policy

Creating a family social media policy

The ongoing conversation in our home about how to use social media — and in particular, how to do so in a way that is both safe and enjoyable for our kids — has helped us evolve a de facto social media policy governing how we engage with social media as a family. I decided it was time to go from de facto to actual, recorded policy. Use our policy as a jumping-off point for your own.

Listening to the voice that says it’s ok to be online

Listening to the voice that says it’s ok to be online

I saw my first Broadway musical in 1979: a revival of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Constance Towers. 1979 was the end of the decade in which microphones became ubiquitous on Broadway, so I heard a King who captured me not only with his stage presence but...
Internet tunes: Craiglist Hookup – Missed Connections

Internet tunes: Craiglist Hookup – Missed Connections

Kate Allen has a great article in yesterday’s Toronto Star about the phenomenon that is Craigslist’s Missed Connections. It features the true story of a couple who met through MC two years ago…so yes, you can find love that way. Kate interviewed me...