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Obsessed. That’s what I am. I’m not ashamed to admit it. If you know me in real life you know that I’ve always got a good podcast or audio book recommendation. I listen to them all the time and have for years. Business, self-improvement, current events, faith — the topic is irrelevant. If it is a good story or good conversation, I’m in. I must admit that lately I have been on a true crime podcast bender. Some people watch Game of Thrones, my guilty pleasure is creepy podcasts. And because I am so enthusiastic about them, I assume that…

– 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”…

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…

Judges on the Food Network show "Chopped."

  I spent most Tuesdays a few years ago watching the show MasterChef, where home chefs compete to become a Gordon Ramsey-dubbed “culinary master” for a large chunk of change, and a cookbook deal. The show’s okay — interesting enough to hold my attention most nights, but not dynamic enough to keep me from flipping around during commercials … like one Tuesday in 2011 when the What Not To Wear season premiere aired at the same time. (You know how much we like What Not To Wear around here!) Gordon Ramsey’s all about entertainment, simultaneously making us laugh, cringe, and nod our…

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…