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Day 18: Sherry Turkle’s “Goldilocks Effect” and Digital Intimacy…


What is Sherry Turkle's "Goldilocks Effect?"


In her new book, "Alone Together, Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other," cultural analyst and psychologist Sherry Turkle describes the Goldilocks Effect like this: "Not too close. Not too far. Just right." It's also known as the Goldilocks Principle.

(Last year, when I was in the throes of my eating disorder I was driving myself and everyone around me to distraction...
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Day 17: An Affectionate Nod To The Late Nora Ephron…

In front of me I've placed two dog-eared, yellowing paperbacks from my library. I've kept them for years.

Wallflower at the Orgy and Crazy Salad (first editions) both by magnificently multi-talented, versatile, prolific and relentlessly funny Nora Ephron.

Ephron died yesterday of "pneumonia brought on by acute myeloid leukaemia," her son Jacob Bernstein told the New York Times in today's edition.

No one is


But somehow, I always believed
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Day 16: Researching and Reflecting on Sherry Turkle’s Work

I've been in touch with Sherry Turkle, initially to request an interview.

The pre-eminent scholar on technology and


Right now, she's buried under a pile of dissertations, grading or marking, as we say here in this country, and how well I understand the pressure of that task.

It is backbreaking work. She declined my request most graciously, but surprisingly expressed an interest in this blog.

Sherry Turkle is the pre-eminent...
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Day 15, Part One: Life Happens. It Takes Twice As Long Online…


UPDATE: It is now 4:52 on Monday, June 25. It is Day 15 of my Blogathon. I had planned to continue the discussion I began yesterday, when I arrived home, but I just did and I'm exhausted. I took the bus and the subway. Therefore, I hope you'll accept that this is my post for today. Tomorrow, I'll finish writing Is "Texting Destroying Our Humanity, Part Two."

This has not been a...
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Day 14: Texting Away Our Humanity, Part One…

Today, I'm still pretty tired. Feeling "written out." Exhausted.

Overwhelmed by my commitment to blog for 31 days straight. I have another 17 days to go. (Eeeeeek!)

For some reason I cannot manage to get a few posts written and "in the can" so I can rest a bit. And breathe. But this might be that post.

Ideas are still flooding into my head


For example, I had considered posting about the heinous bullying of Karen...
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Day 13: Resisting Burnout

I'm very tired. Blogged out. My blog posts are not up to scratch, in my opinion.

I know because you're not commenting and a blog is a community. Without you, where's our community?

So this little post is simply an update to let you know that I'm not going to spend hours posting today.

Today's a "mental health day"


During my 30-year career writing for a daily newspaper, for radio and for magazines,...
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Day 12: A Footnote About My Dogs and My Sanity…

My Dandie Dinmonts are a rare and endangered breed. Only 200, if that, are born world-wide each year.

That's why I'm so passionate about this breed


Dandies have tiny and fragile litters. Usually only two or three puppies. One of Lucy's litters was a singleton. The only litter Riley has ever sired was four puppies, but one of them died.

Dandies, with their distinctive white topknots, black button...
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Day 11: How My Dogs Keep Me Sane, Part Two…


The most wondrous thing about my dogs is their innate "cuddle-ability."

Riley and Lucy love nothing more than to be held and petted. They beg for it. And who can resist a face like Riley's?

My dogs have "cuddle-ability"...


This is a Dandie Dinmont Terrier trait. They so love to cuddle that at all our Dandie Dinmont Terrier Club of Canada public events we have a special "Cuddling Parlour" where anyone can sit down...
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Day 10: How My Dogs Keep Me Sane, Part One…

A daily blog post on mental health and wellness is a real challenge.

More than I imagined when I blithely began this blogathon on June 11 on a whim after reading about Margarita Tartakovsky's success on her 31-day blogathon.

I want to stay hard and close to my subject, Coming Out Crazy, but there are times when I long to digress.

And if the truth...
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Day Nine: Distraction in Cabbagetown…

Although I do not have any clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder, I live with anxiety all the time. It's my default mode, part of my emotionally sensitive complexion.

Today is one of those days.

Something's going to

Not here. Not to me directly. I'm worried about it and I won't even be here to worry about it.

My anxiety and I will be traveling around downtown on the TTC again in the sweltering...
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