iPad, Kindle and cell phone cases

Whether you're an iPad fan, Kindle Fire fanatic or Motorola maniac, wireless gadgets have become viewed as essential. And protecting those gadgets with something more than the shipping box is also important. So what are the most durable yet appealing cases? My recommendations include:...more

Scratch Wireless Cell Phones Win for Best Value: Free is Good

It's the time of year when parents stress about back-to-school expenses. Soon-to-be first-year college students begin bargaining for extras, while junior and senior high school students plead for their first cell phone. If you're trying to find a cell phone solution that will please everyone in the family, it's time to meet the newest and best contender: Scratch Wireless....more
The problem with scratch wireless is the cell phone.  The Motorola Photon Q is old, outdated and ...more

Daily Public Transit: The Good, Bad and Ugly

I am climbing on my soapbox again to talk about my daily commute.Back in my prior life, when we lived two blocks away from the train station, life was sunny. A nice morning train, a brisk walk to work;in short, no worries.Then our house sold and we moved two miles further from the train.There lies the rub: the bus....more

Cell Phone Luddite: An Occasional TracFone User Explains Why She Doesn't Want a Smart Phone

Nearly everyone in the civilized world aged 12 and above has a high-tech smart phone these days. (Government programs give away better phones than I have to low-income people.) But I’m not a convert yet, and I’ll tell you why: 1. I’m very frugal. My TracFone costs $99 a year and 3,200+ minutes have carried over from last year. 2....more

Calling Friends

It seems everyone has a cell phone these days.Even some elementary school kids have them.If a kid today wants to see a friend they call or text from their phoneand make a play date.But back in the days of my youthfulness it was different....more
melanie jean juneau  Sorry I haven't said hello before now.  I am just getting used to BlogHer. ...more

My Top Six - Pet Peeves

What are some of the things that annoy you? I'm so annoyed, that unlike most people who have a top five, I could only narrow mine down to six....more

How a burn phone changed my life.

After my recent personal economic downturn I did an essentials-only budget. The most obvious trim was one I’d been planning (and failing) to do for months: getting rid of the monthly cellular bill in favor of a burn phone.Due to my job I couldn’t drop the cell without having a replacement in hand. But researching the best options was just one more chore on a to-do list as long as my leg.The layoff got me off my dime, as it were, and within a few days I’d canceled the cell service and bought a pay-as-you-go....more

20 Rules for Our New Teen and Her New Cell Phone

Yesterday we gave our 13-year-old birthday girl her own cell phone. It was unexpectedly one of the scariest things I've ever done as a parent. Not only did my imagination fill with news stories of heinous things young people have done with cell phones, but I realized how many ways cell phone usage - and texting in particular - can be potentially problematic. We trust our daughter implicitly, but it's a whole new world she's entering, and we don't want her entering it blindly....more


I didn’t post yesterday because of Verizon and their new plan. Evidently I have used up 75% of my available data that I can use until 8/20. Then try to call them and decipher what you can do to make the plan more friendly for Jim and I to use? HAH…The shame is we have been with Verizon for a long time and I am giving serious thought that it might be time to change. ...more

Cell Phones for Kids: What's lost vs what's gained

At the start of summer I told my 10-year-old son I was going to get him a cell phone.He's still waiting for it....more