Slideshow: Big Egg Hunt in New York City

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Boston Strong slideshow

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Cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.

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Cellphones vs. landlines


10 years ago, 92.7% of U.S. households had a working landline phone. That number has dropped to 58.1% of U.S. households. Meanwhile, the percentage of cellphone-only households has risen from 5% to 39.4%, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Do you still have a landline at home?


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Privacy in a wired world

The other night I was at the grocery store and used my reward card to get the discounts. Suddenly coupons started spitting out. I have to admit that it creeps me out a little that so much of my personal information is being collected with every swipe, click and login.

I’m not the only one concerned about privacy in a wired world. According to the Pew Research Center, half of Americans are concerned about the wealth of personal data on the Internet. Pew says that 86 percent of Internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.
Do you share my concern? What strategies do you use to protect your online identity? –Buffy

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Use Dipity to build interactive timelines

Create and share digital timelines using Dipity. You can customize the timelines and they’re embeddable.

Below is a timeline of the publication dates of my books.

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Social media from Central York Mini Thon

Here’s some photos from Central York High School’s Mini Thon, which took place over the weekend.

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Flipboard: Create a magazine to share

View my Flipboard Magazine.

I’ve used Flipboard in the past to curate news I care about. If you aren’t familiar with Flipboard, it’s basically an RSS reader that presents content in a beautiful digital magazine format.

But there is also a public functionality of this tool, allowing you to create magazines to share.

Just go to and create a magazine. I created one titled Remember When…

You add articles to your magazine by clicking on +icon next to any article in the Flipboard app (which you can also use to create a new magazine) or by using browser bookmarklet (this is what I used).

You can then share your magazine via email, Twitter, Facebook, Google+. You can also get the embed code for a magazine widget that you can copy and paste onto your website or blog.

Here is the one I’ve created, which includes articles on historical events and people’s memories about them.

View my Flipboard Magazine.

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Facebook post: What’s your ringtone?

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Facebook post: Sounding off about gum

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