Category: Tips, Tools, Tech

Building Technology Boundaries
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Building Technology Boundaries

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As much as I don’t like to think about it now, my 2-year-old daughter will not always desire to spend every waking minute with her mom. She prefers to engage with me now, but I know that the television, computer, phone and movies will grab her attention as she gets older. So I strive to […]

Sirach for Social Media
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Sirach for Social Media

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At first glance, it may seem odd that social media places a premium on less. The internet makes vast amounts of information and images available instantly, yet Twitter limits “tweets” to 140 characters. Snapchat allows captions on photo and video message “snaps,” but the entire message disappears one to ten seconds after it is displayed. […]

My Rules for Discourse on the Internet
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My Rules for Discourse on the Internet

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I could be having a great day and a nasty exchange on the Internet will always bring me down. Whether I am involved or not, uncivil discourse sucks the joy out of the Internet for me. I suspect it does for most people who are not secret psychopaths. I am especially discouraged when I see […]

Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings
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Social Media Fasts: Making Room for Blessings

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Remember when social media fasting was trending during Lent? My big undertaking for Lent was to fast from Facebook, and though it wasn’t complete, it was my first attempt and pretty strict. It was such a huge change for me that months later, I’m still processing the experience and reaping rewards from the fast. My […]

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online
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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

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We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

The Porn Pandemic Shows Pornography's ‘Devastating Effects'
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The Porn Pandemic Shows Pornography’s ‘Devastating Effects’

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What do half-a-dozen major sex crimes in America have in common? According to a new documentary by Family Watch International (FWI), they often start with pornography. Launched at the first End Exploitation summit last week, which was primarily organized by Morality in Media, “The Porn Pandemic: The Devastating Effects on Children, Family and Society” features […]

How to Turn a Webinar into an Online Retreat
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How to Turn a Webinar into an Online Retreat

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Webinars are an increasingly popular tool for spreading the word about a company or product. But are they the right tool for spreading the Word of God? They certainly can be. The key is to turn a webinar into an online retreat by creating a spiritual atmosphere that reminds people that where two or three […]

I’m Entering a New Phase of Life
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I’m Entering a New Phase of Life

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I’m entering a new phase of my life. You know the new phase. The one I’ve been holding off as best I could for as long as I could. The one that includes gigabytes, apps, meta pixels, and data plans. I ordered a smartphone. No, seriously. I did. I ordered a smart phone. For myself. And […]

Smart-Phone "Appcessory" Lets Moms to Hear Unborn Child’s Heartbeat
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Smart-Phone “Appcessory” Lets Moms to Hear Unborn Child’s Heartbeat

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Pro-lifers have told people without fail that “abortion stops a beating heart,” but perhaps no technology made that clearer than the fetal heartbeat stethoscope, allowing mothers and dads to hear the “whoosh-whoosh” of their unborn child’s pumping circulatory system. That is, until maybe now. For years, the fetal heartbeat stethoscope was a specialized piece of […]

 Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle
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Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle

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A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful with his life and not just push papers in an office. As an office worker […]

Five Tips for Helping Children Carry Their Crosses
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Five Tips for Helping Children Carry Their Crosses

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As Catholic parents we all want to see our children grow in the Faith, overcome their temptations, and ever approach sanctity, but when John and Jane are screaming at each other over who is going to get the stuffed monkey, we might wonder how they are going get there. Rather than telling them to share, […]

3D Printing Lets Blind Parents Hold Model of Their Unborn Child
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3D Printing Lets Blind Parents Hold Model of Their Unborn Child

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A Brazilian company is using 3D prenatal imaging technology and 3D printing to produce physical replicas of a baby growing in the womb, allowing moms- and dads-to-be to hold a model of their unborn child in their hands. Neva Fairchild of the American Foundation for the Blind told Tech Page One that the models would […]

New Years Resolution
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How’s That New Year’s Resolution Working Out?

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Colleen Scariano also contributed to this article. January is the month of new year’s resolutions. It’s a month that sees new gym memberships surge and bad habits wane (hopefully)! What’s really interesting, however, is how ‘resolved’ folks are come next month. Will your life remain changed next month? Will you still be a new person? […]

Her: A Cautionary Tale
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Her: A Cautionary Tale

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Spike Jonze’s film Her, currently out in theaters and an Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, is a cautionary tale of the future that awaits us if we continue to hail technology as our savior. Set in the not too distant Los Angeles, Tom Twombly (masterfully portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) is reeling from a failed […]

Tech Kids
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Tech Kids

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If we want our children to become saints, they will need to hear the call of God — a vocation to holiness that applies to all of us. But how will they be able to hear that call if their lives are full of noise? In our digital age, young people have more noise and […]

Patron of Compulsive Shopping Disorders
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Patron of Compulsive Shopping Disorders

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As a cradle Catholic, I’ve had the privilege of learning about and praying for the intercession of many saints for all my life.   Lose my keys again?  Calling on Saint Anthony.  Test coming up?  St. Joseph of Cupertino to the rescue. Pregnancy issues?  Alternate between St. Gerard Magella and St. Raymond Nonatus. Husband unemployed?  […]

Millennials' Siren Song
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Millennials’ Siren Song

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Occupy Wall Street activist and “independent journalist” Jesse Myerson recently made waves when he penned a piece for Rolling Stone in which he laid out five major policy priorities that Millennials should be fighting for, including such novel concepts as “guaranteed work for everybody,” and “take back the land.” Perhaps the best indicator of the sheer lunacy […]

The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing
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The Book Whisperer: The Art of Spiritual Writing

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At Ave Maria Press, I enjoy working closely with authors to help them “develop their craft.” Rewriting and platform-building are two of the most challenging tasks for any writer, so I am always looking for helpful resources. Vinita’s new book, The Art of Spiritual Writing, is one I highly recommend for those new to the spiritual […]

The Last Best New Year’s Resolution
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The Last Best New Year’s Resolution

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I suggest making one last resolution for the New Year: stop making them.  Within the first month, most people have broken their resolutions anyways.  Ask any health club manager about the January spike that levels out by February.  You don’t need the first day of January to improve your life; you need God.  Life is […]

Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas
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Three Ways to Cut Consumerism Out of Christmas

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God’s love came to us in circumstances of radical poverty. The Creator of the universe was born in a stable, poor and homeless. How then has the preparation for the celebration of this miracle come to include Black Friday brawls and countless tips to reduce holiday induced stress? We blame stores for advertising Christmas in […]

Working Mom’s Survival Kit
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Working Mom’s Survival Kit

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Today is my first “normal” day back at work (from my home office) since Chris came home. Now, under ideal circumstances (everyone but me — including the dog — out of the house for an eight-hour stretch, the house clean and crock pot simmering), I enjoy working from home. However, since “ideal circumstances” seldom present themselves […]

Plan, Be Realistic, and Take the Shot
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Plan, Be Realistic, and Take the Shot

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I’ve been traveling. A lot. Heaps, you might say, for those Down Under. I’ve learned three important life lessons in my travels this past three months during all the travel on which I’ve embarked for Little Flower Strategies. There’s been, in fact, more than three lessons, to be sure. Out of respect for your time, I’m […]

The Trainwreck: Obamacare System Down
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The Trainwreck: HealthCare.gov Meets The Mythical Man-Month

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Why do software projects go awry?

Twitter: Are You “Missing the Point”, or Not?
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Twitter: Are You “Missing the Point”, or Not?

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Amanda Mortus from WorthyOfAgape.com wrote a post about twitter practices called, “Missing the Point.” In the post, she highlighted her frustration with certain practices and strategies used by some folks on social media; in this specific case, Twitter. She asked me for my input into the post, so I will gladly give it! (Note: Amanda and I […]

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