Screen Free Spring Break - 03/12/14

      I know 75% of you have a smartphone.  That's what they told us in a consulting seminar I sat in on today.  I know the majority of you watch TV while also surfing your smartphone.  Did you know there's a name for people like you?  They taught us today that you're called "two screeners."  They even taught us about "four screeners."  Talk about ambidextrous--- these folks can watch tv, text on their smartphone, work on their laptop and surf Facebook on their tablet simultaneously. 
      I know we can't put the genie back in the bottle, but my family WILL for 9 straight days for Spring Break.  We're disconnecting to reconnect... with each other. No smartphones, no TV, no Ipads.  We're going to play with each other instead of our devices.  What a concept.
      In our house, we do this many weekends anyway and our kids are screen free most days during the school week while at home.  We're screen free at the lake during the summer (mostly because there is no wifi or TV.. heaven on Earth.)  
     Last weekend we were screen free and oh the joy that swept over us all.  The kids went outside, built a fort with blankets over the swingset, then made arrows out of sticks for a bow and arrow, they found rocks for the slingshot and kept an eye out for the bad guys.  Oh, the days of old.  They had a look of sheer satisfaction on their faces as they fell asleep having used up a nice dose of kid creativity that afternoon.  It is truly satisfying.
       Screen free is healthy.  Our screens are helpful, vital to our jobs and vital to education in many cases.  However, these screens have their place and sometimes we just need to remember to put them back there.

 

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DODGERS-SCULLY

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The man isn't a pastor -- and the pictures from a nude woman were part of the scam. That's according to authorities in North Carolina. Prosecutors charge Justin Moore posed as a pastor. Attorney General Roy Cooper says the scam would start with a woman sending nude pictures to the victims. According to investigators, Moore would call the mark saying he was the pastor father of the underage woman. Moore would tell them when he confronted her, she threw her phone, shattering a church window. Authorities say Moore would demand money for repairs, then pose as a state police investigator to collect.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- An Albuquerque man is charged with making himself at home -- and in the nude. Authorities in the New Mexico city say Freddy Shelby broke into a couple's home, grabbed a Sprite from the fridge, than caught some "Z's" in the master bedroom. Police say the couple found the man sleeping naked in their bed. Police add Shelby was in such a deep sleep, he only woke up after an officer ripped off the covers. Officers say Shelby told them he thought he was at his girlfriend's house. He's now charged with breaking and entering.

 
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