Breaking up with Social Media: Part Two

Lately I have found myself in many conversations with different friends from different areas of my life, all on the topic of social media and smartphone addiction. I wrote about this topic earlier in the year after I permanently deleted my Facebook account (which I have not regretted once in the ensuing eight months), but I’m definitely learning that old habits die hard. I may have broken the chains of Facebook, but apps like Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat were still…

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What’s My Line, Again?

The other week I went to a screening of The Dating Project, a new documentary about the current state of dating culture. The documentary seems to have sprung from the mind of Boston College philosophy fellow Kerry Cronin, who for over ten years has given her students an assignment to actually ask someone out on a date, giving them very clear guidelines on how to do so: do it in person, make an actual plan for the date that does…

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Pre-Lenten Thoughts

For Catholics, we are about to begin the season of Lent, the 40-ish days leading up to Easter. This is¬†traditionally a time that the Church encourages the faithful to focus on prayer, spiritual fasting, and charity. Since joining the Catholic Church nearly six years ago, Lent has actually become one of my favorite times of the year. Seriously. In my book, An Adult-ish Toolkit, I talk about the importance of recognizing and embracing different seasons and rhythms in your life,…

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Transitions

I seriously love the beginning of a new year. I love fresh starts, clean slates, and other such metaphors. I love that the holidays are over and that the sunlight is finally starting to lengthen every day once again. 2017 was actually a pretty good year for me: I published a new book, got chickens, made some long overdue road trips to visit with people that I love, read 50ish books total, even went on a couple dates (an unusual…

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