I am a smartphone addict and the world is going to hell.

  Nomophobia -- the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. A drastic change happened in my life this past year. I ditched my trusty old flip phone from the dinosaur age -- the one I never texted on and barely used to even make phone calls -- for a damn smartphone. What the hell was I thinking? Now …

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Why Tony Bennett Never Calls My Mom

My 80-year-old mother has a very full, active life. She knits. She reads. She waits for the mail. Oh -- and she constantly complains to me about receiving prerecorded scam phone calls. "He called me again the other day!" she scowls at me over her coffee mug. "Who? Your boyfriend Tony Bennett?" We both laugh. This joke never …

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An Open Letter to My Smartphone

Dear Smartphone, Before I met you, I used to waste time doing foolish things like thinking, staring off into space, and making eye contact with other human beings. Now that you're finally here, your sleek plastic body nestled in the palm of my hand, I realize how empty my world used to be. You've got it all baby. I love everything about you: …

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In Your Eyes I Can See Forever…and Dinner

Sometimes you might see them in a crowded restaurant. An older couple, married for decades, eating their meal in complete silence. Not a single word exchanged. The husband busy chewing his steak and gulping his beer; the wife busy clenching her jaw, sipping her wine and gazing wearily off to the side to meet your eyes with a  …

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