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“Only a small percentage of people qualify as addicted,” says Dr. David Greenfield, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Connecticut and founder of the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. “But many people overuse their smartphones.”

Article published in Time Magazine on February 24th, 2016


working from home

In a work-from-home environment, failing to plan is planning to fail. You need to be very clear about what you plan to get out of each day and keep yourself accountable to this task list.

Stephanie Shirley in 6 Valuable Lessons I Learned from Working from Home, 2015

Open farewell

In the disappearing light of Friday night, six minutes before 10pm, Tom Watson struck his final putt in The Open Championship.

photo: Getty Images
photo: Getty Images

reporting for BBC News on July 17th, 2015

painful truth

“If it takes a dog to remind people to not be senselessly fearful in the face of a disease—not to just smother everything that’s frightening—Excalibur will have a real legacy. But that’s only true if the perspective he opens is broad: we can’t just deal with Ebola by looking at dog pictures while trying to close airports and banish images of Africa. There’s another set of scenes, the ones that we have been looking away from for months, in West Africa, where children orphaned by Ebola are fending for themselves. In Sierra Leone, gravediggers have gone on strike; it’s dangerous work, and they say that they haven’t been paid.”

Amy Davidson in ‘An Ebola death in Dallas and a dog in Spain‘ published in The New Yorker.

applaud a hero

So for just a moment let’s take a break from covering villains and join in celebrating a doctor who has saved the lives of vast numbers of women…

―Nicholas Kristoff in ‘At 90, This Doctor Is Still Calling‘ February 2014


Restoring sites means more than architectural repairs. It’s about values, identities, belonging…


…grief, like love…

“And grief, like love, is resistant to reason.”

―Mark Slouka in ‘Nobody’s son‘ at The New Yorker


As we merrily roll along, radically altering the planet, we are, as the leaked I.P.C.C. report makes clear, increasingly in danger of committing ourselves to outcomes that will simply overwhelm societies’ ability to adapt.

Elizabeth Kolbert, full article in The New Yorker

granma & cat

photo: Miyoko Ihara

For years the photographer Miyoko Ihara has recorded the beautifully close relationship between her grandmother and her cat. Now a wonderful book  Misao the Big Mama and Fukumaru the Cat.

article and more photos at BuzzFed animals

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