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As a contributor to Oprah.com, I offered insights and advice on how to make technology a meaningful part of our everyday lives. From web-enhanced relationships to deeper on- and offline friendships, you’ll find stories and tips about how to make social media, computers and cell phones a positive resource in your life. This page archives my blog posts for Oprah.com, plus additional reflections on some of those posts. You can also read the original posts (and leave comments) on the Oprah web site.

Now on Oprah.com: Life passages online, plus an empty nest bonus

My latest blog post for Oprah.com, How to find support online, talks about ways to get support during life passages. Whether you’re celebrating milestones like the birth of a baby, a marriage or a birthday, or confronting challenges like death or illness,...
For Oprah.com: Should you get an iPad for kids?

For Oprah.com: Should you get an iPad for kids?

This post originally appeared on Oprah.com. At 5 a.m. on April 3, I became the fifth person—and the first woman—in line outside the Apple store in Bellevue, Washington. By the time Apple store employees started handing out coffee and cookies, we front-of-the-liners...
My latest for Oprah.com: Is an iPad Right for Your Family?

My latest for Oprah.com: Is an iPad Right for Your Family?

“I got an iPad!” my daughter announces to a friend. “No honey, I got an iPad,” I remind her. The argument over who the iPad belongs to is just one of the many wrinkles in our new life as The iPad Family. Self-serve movie watching, GodFinger...

On Oprah.com: What to do on Twitter when you’re getting started

This blog post originally appeared on Oprah.com. Twitter is a social network that lets you post short messages to share with just your friends or the world. A Twitter message—a “tweet”—is the equivalent of a Facebook status update. But you only have 140...
On Oprah.com: How to find online inspiration and set goals online

On Oprah.com: How to find online inspiration and set goals online

This post originally appeared on Oprah.com. The Internet has a terrible way of distracting a girl: You sit down to search job postings, and you end up in a chat room with some guy in Thailand who wants to know how you refinished your floors. When I posted my long-term...
6 ways to prioritize your friends online (for Oprah.com)

6 ways to prioritize your friends online (for Oprah.com)

This post was originally written for Oprah.com. “But I don’t want to join Twitter,” my friend Leda says, fighting off my entreaties to start tweeting so we can stay in touch throughout the day. “I already feel like I spend too much time online....
On Oprah.com: 6 ways to be a better parent online

On Oprah.com: 6 ways to be a better parent online

This post originally appeared on Oprah.com. A few months ago, we had one of those stomach flus familiar to parents of young children everywhere. My son threw up all over his bed, and I wasn’t feeling so hot myself. A wiser woman would do her best to forget this...
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