Free - 06/18/14

  Nothing's truly FREE in this world, but I am today!!!!!!  I (accidentally-- it really was an accident) left both phones at home today.  My personal phone and my work phone are resting comfortably in the pool bag.   Oops ;)

    Free, free, free.. I'm free!!!!!

  If you read this blog very often, you know my feelings on screen time, technology,  and 24/7 accessibility.  It's all overrated & can be unhealthy.  I'm usually screen free on weekends and any day I'm off work.  Unplugging allows me to plug back in to my family and be completely present.  However, I've never been at work trying to do my job without my phones.  This will be a first, but will be interesting and I'm sure I'll be more productive than ever with just a desktop computer and a desk phone.  Heck, when I started out in this business... we only had typewriters and no cell phones.   

   This video is very telling.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINa46HeWg8
If you haven't seen it, take a look.  It's what we're missing when our eyes, minds, hearts and attention are tied to our phone instead of the natural wonders and humanity around us.

 

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COIN TOSS-MAYOR

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Usually, one flips a coin to determine things like who gets the ball first in a football game or who gets first dibs at the last slice of pie or something. But to settle an election? That's what happened in a small town high in the Peruvian Andes. Two candidates tied at the ballot box -- with each getting 236 votes in the municipal election. Peru's electoral law allows tie races to be decided by a coin toss. So the coin was tossed. And the winner -- Wilber Medina. His rival says he's cool with the results. It isn't known whether heads or tails carried the day -- and the election.

PUMPKINS-PIGS

SOMERSWORTH, N.H. (AP) -- It started as a potential case of pilfered pumpkins. But it turned out to be a windfall for a group of pigs. Foster's Daily Democrat in Somersworth, New Hampshire reports hundreds of pumpkins were reported stolen earlier week. The gourds had been set aside behind a school to be sold this weekend at a craft fair. The investigation didn't get far. Turns out a farmer spotted the pumpkins and asked a school worker if he could take them to feed his pigs. The school employee didn't know the pumpkins were being saved -- and the farmer took them. Police say the only ones that turned out happy in the whole episode -- are the hogs.

FIREWORKS-FUNERAL

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- When the fireworks burst in the air tomorrow night over Springfield, Missouri -- it won't be the Fourth of July -- but the last of James Carver. A Missouri funeral director will be bidding farewell to his dad -- by having his cremated remains mixed with fireworks -- and launched into the sky. Carver's father is the first to try the program by Greenlawn Funeral Homes. His son Jim is the funeral director -- and says the eight-minute fireworks display will be followed by a cookout and memorial celebration.

 
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