Facebook Forces Mobile Users to Download Messenger App to Access Facebook Messages

Facebook announced today that you'll need to download a second app in order to access Facebook messages from your smartphone. This is both for your benefit -- faster app speed for their main app since it won't be weighed down by messages -- but moreso Facebook's benefit: why use any other messaging app when you need to download Facebook's regardless if you want to access that Facebook feature? It's like colonizing your phone, one app at a time. ...more
I will not be downloading the messenger app. Any private messages that come in while I'm out ... more

Goodbye #Hashtags, Goodbye @Replies, Hello Unhelpful New Twitter?

Twitter let on today that it might do away with hashtags and @replies on the site, and no, this isn't an early April Fools joke. ...more
Without the @ replys and hashtags, Twitter can not be social. It would lose all relevance. more

The Man Who Sexually Abused Me Is Dying

My childhood perpetrator is dying. He’s in his late 80s and has lived a long life of middle-class ease without being charged for his crimes against me and, very likely, other children — since there are several of us who won’t go near him. ...more
I, too, have that backdrop to my life. You are a strong survivor. Thank you for sharing your ... more

So This Is Marriage: 11 Years, a Family, and Many Beer Mugs Later

“Could you?” He starts, handing me the ridiculously large Mason jar he keeps at his bedside, an ode and a tease to my latest kitchenware obsession. I reach for it with my right hand without looking up from my laptop. He fits it between my splayed fingers and I go fill it up. “Spoiled,” I say over my shoulder. “You know it,” he answers in the crinkly-eyed way that I love. ...more
This is beautiful. I am in my eleventh year of marriage, and I relate very much to the changes ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
I Think I Can Publish A Blog Post ... more

Five Universal Benefits and One Irrational Belief about Privacy

It might just be me. I might be irrational about privacy.A friend suggested as much when we were discussing his upcoming wedding. His bride was moving into his undersized one bedroom/one bath condo. Horrified, I asked, “Aren’t you worried?”“Not really.” He said. “Space is tight but it’s only for a year. She gets the walk-in closet, of course.”“Oh my God, you have to share closets, too?”“What is wrong with that” he said, “and what is wrong with you?”...more
When I first got married, my in-laws started making drop in visits....at 8AM! I was horrified. ... more

NaBloPoMo: Add All Your November 2013 Posts Here!

Here's where you share the link to every NaBloPoMo post you're writing on your blog daily this month -- and share your words with the world! ...more
I have decided that I can no longer stomach perfect, fluffy Hallmark ... more

It's All Sweet Until You Hit Level 350 on Candy Crush

You didn't think I was going to write every day in November without at least one post about Candy Crush, did you? It would probably be impossible. Especially when I have been stuck on a level for what feels like forever, and I have to talk about it with someone who will really care. Or someone whose eyes I can't see rolling as the words Candy Crush leave my lips. ...more
Girl Caffeinated Awww. Don't cry! It just makes it harder to see the candies ;-) more

It's All Sweet Until You Hit Level 350 on Candy Crush

You didn't think I was going to write every day in November without at least one post about Candy Crush, did you? It would probably be impossible. Especially when I have been stuck on a level for what feels like forever, and I have to talk about it with someone who will really care. Or someone whose eyes I can't see rolling as the words Candy Crush leave my lips. ...more
ewokmama I know! Every time I see your smiling face looking up at me from the Candy Crush board, ... more

It's All Sweet Until You Hit Level 350 on Candy Crush

You didn't think I was going to write every day in November without at least one post about Candy Crush, did you? It would probably be impossible. Especially when I have been stuck on a level for what feels like forever, and I have to talk about it with someone who will really care. Or someone whose eyes I can't see rolling as the words Candy Crush leave my lips. ...more
keenlykristin amanda75 65 was a hard level! Everyone in my family had a tough time getting past ... more