Tag: Social Media

My Problem with Grammarly

When I want to hear to my favorite tunes, I web jet to YouTube on the computer, or open Spotify or Amazon Music when going “mobile” (I don’t pay for music often because I’m a product of the Napster Revolution). Several times during a listening session, without fail, I’m interrupted by these increasingly annoying Grammarly ads. If you haven’t... Read more »

Awkward Stance: First Day of School Pictures are Awful

No more. Please no more. I can’t endure obsessive displays of “Pinterest Creativity” anymore. Flowers in your daughter’s hair. Holding up the chalkboard with the date and grade. A t-shirt with Class of 2031 (or some distant year). Forced thumbs up and smile. Posing in front of  school signs, their uninterested siblings, hungover bus drivers,... Read more »

The Awkward Art of Self-Promoting

Self-Promoting. Could there be a more selfish, vile, and annoying act on the internet? Well, I’m sure I could think of some other internet activities to which those adjective apply, but as a recent practitioner of unbridled self-promotion, I know the feelings all too well at the present moment. On August 10, 2018, I independently... Read more »
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Awkward on Memorial Day - A Reflection

Another year, another Memorial Day in the United States of America. Every year the holiday approaches with only a few reminders to my daily life – the weather is a bit warmer, and there’s a three-day weekend. Huzzah! But I wake up on Memorial Day Monday to a tsunami of American flag pictures, service men... Read more »

The Lost Art of Reading

On a plane ride from Portland, OR to Chicago yesterday afternoon, I had conducted myself in a manner I haven’t in ages, if ever. At PDX (that’s fancy airliner code for Portland’s international airport), I purchased a book – Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman of Parks & Recreation fame... Read more »

Awkward reality of fallen movie "stars"

Add Philip Seymour Hoffman to list of celebrities who have died from drug-related incidents. Add to the list of incredible talents perished too soon. Most importantly – Add him to the list of people you should never revere just because they play pretend on a big screen. I loved Hoffman’s work. I thought he brought a... Read more »
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