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– by Felicia Gibbons, contributor Social media giveth and taketh away in so many glorious ways. For every clever joke or genuinely interesting insight into someone’s life, there are many more posts that clutter, annoy and even infuriate our brains. So why can’t we make a better online community, free of manipulation, insecurity and passive-aggressive warfare, not to mention terrible grammar? Well, we can start by not being among the following 10 people: 1. The Vaguebooker You are an easy target, to be sure, but that’s only because you won’t go away. When you post “Today was the worst” or…

So this week a thing happened in my "hometown social media world" ... a tweet between @FCPSMaryland and a student, about the weather.

  So this week a thing happened in my “hometown social media world” that got a lot of people me fired up. It started with the threat of inclement weather and a student tweeting to the school district’s Twitter account asking for schools to be closed the next day. Not a big thing … except … the student spelled “tomorrow” as “tammarow” in his tweet. In a brilliant move, the school district’s Twitter account wrote back: “But then how would you learn how to spell ‘tomorrow?’ :)”     And suddenly the internet exploded with two things: 1) virtual high-fives (and…

10 Things To Know About Neighborhood Groups On Facebook

  If there’s something you need to know, want to know, or probably have absolutely no business knowing, chances are you can find out about it on Facebook. You can swap stories, clothing, furniture, and secrets on the platform. Among friends, among relatives, and even … among neighbors. Closed Facebook Groups — exclusively designed to connect neighbors to each other — are set up to connect real neighbors in real neighborhoods around the nation. But like, online. And there are so many awesome things about these virtual Groups! They’re managed by people who live in the ‘hood currently, and who…

5 Political Myths That Keep People From Getting Involved

  There are a lot of myths surrounding advocacy, politics, and the political process in general. To get started, I’m going to focus this post on five. Before we get to the magical five, though, I need to ‘splain something. I thought a lot about what to write for my first contribution to this gorgeous sexy blog. I have a lot of ideas and am really excited about the opportunity to share tips and tricks for fitting advocacy into your already busy life. Over time, I’m going to share my secrets and more importantly, my screw-ups … because the world…

Eat Local: Rainbow carrots grown organically in Maryland.

  In the United States we’re becoming increasingly aware of how important our food sources are, beyond just choosing organic options from the produce isle at the grocery store. In fact, what I’ve learned over the past few years is that while organic stuff is good, you can eat just as healthfully by understanding where your food comes from, and also how it’s grown—even if it doesn’t hold the coveted USDA organic label. Eating Local So, in case you didn’t know, it’s expensive to be Certified Organic by the USDA. Small-scale farmers often don’t have the ability to pay for the…