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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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CHICO, Calif. (AP) -- Santa's armed -- and that has some people upset in Northern California. A billboard outside of Chico has a picture of Santa Claus holding an assault rife. The billboard also has the slogan, "We build AR's for Santa." It's for the Down Range shooting range and gun store. The range owners tell Action News Now they didn't intend to make the ad offensive. They say plenty of people give guns for Christmas. But one woman tells the TV station she doesn't want her son to see Santa holding a gun.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It's Christians versus Satanists on the Michigan Capitol grounds. The Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple has set up its "Snaketivity Scene" at the Capitol. It features a snake offering a book called "Revolt of the Angels" as a gift. The snake is wrapped around the Satanic cross. State Senator Rick Jones has a competing scene -- a traditional Nativity display with baby Jesus, Joseph and Mary. Under Capitol rules the displays have to be taken down each night.

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