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Smartphones Are Toys First, Tools Second from Raptitude
I was a very late adopter of a smart phone and I would be hesitant to give it up. It is helpful. I like being able to check the radar when out and about, look up reviews of products when I’m out shopping, etc.
But our smartphone has no social media, no email, no games, etc. and very few apps. It’s our phone and that’s about it. I have the Pinterest app installed and I use it primarily as a means of boosting my account’s standing with the Pinterest algorithm. Even with that I have to remind myself to use it that way a couple of times a week. We also use it as a research tool when we are out and about as a family and wonder about some fact while we’re having lively conversations in the car. From that standpoint, it’s very educational. But that’s it.
It is possible to enjoy the benefits of a smart phone and not be controlled by it.
Even when I unlock my phone for a decidedly empowering use—looking up a fact, entering something in my calendar—it’s unlikely I won’t also tap on Instagram, and maybe Pocket, Yahoo Sports, or whatever other icons pull the eye in that moment.
It’s this reflexiveness, this hyper-conditioned way I’ve come to use the device, that concerns me most. I’ve spent most of my adult life, including ten years writing on this blog, learning to be more conscious, more present, more intentional, and less reactive, which has all been very empowering.
But my phone, at least the way I currently use it, works against all that. It’s so strangely resistant to conscious, intentional use.
Why is this thing so compelling?
It’s not because of its unprecedented usefulness. It’s because of its unprecedented salience.
Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: Strategies to Succeed in School and Life with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, and Processing Disorders by Dr. Daniel Franklin
I received this book for a review due in mid-June and am only part way into it. Unless something drastically changes as I go through it, I will be recommending this book to every person I come into contact with who has a child with a language-based learning disability such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, processing issues, executive functions problems, etc.
This book is confirming for me everything I learned through twelve years of prayer, studying, and living with my child. The third paragraph of the Introduction confirmed for me why I was right that unschooling would never work with my child no matter how much I might like and desire to use that approach.
My copy is already highlighted, starred, and has notes written in the margins.
I have to give a caveat because I haven’t finished it yet, but BUY THIS BOOK if this is your child, ESPECIALLY if you struggle with how much to expect of your child and how much to help. This is written from the perspective of parenting a child who goes to school, but it is also applicable to homeschoolers.
Did I mention you should BUY THIS BOOK?
Okay, this is a bit of a play on words with the Joy theme, but I like these InkJoy pens so much. And using different colors makes me happy while I work. I have mine in a small jelly jar on my desk and use them all the time.
Sometimes we really do need to enjoy the little things in life.
Can you see the stars? from Rural Revolution
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19 (NIV)
It’s no wonder people do not know God. They cannot recognize or even see one of the clearest displays He has provided for us.
Last month, an article came out indicating only 1 in 50 people can see the stars “as Nature intended” due to light pollution. The article focused on the population in the U.K., a smaller and more crowded place than the U.S.
Sadly, many people simply don’t know what they’re missing in the night sky.
As an example, consider what happened after the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake, which knocked out power in and around Los Angeles. The quake struck during the pre-dawn hours, and people went pouring out into the streets — only to freak at the frightening “giant silvery cloud” overhead.
Calls poured into various emergency centers, with residents being assured they were merely seeing the Milky Way (evidently for the first time).
Proof of a Creator is everywhere if people are willing to see it and acknowledge it.
Even Eyes Contain Bacteria! from Dr. Jay Wile at Proslogion
I have written extensively on mutualistic symbiosis (see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here, for example). Not only does it fascinate me, but it was also the major scientific issue that led me away from atheism. When one sees the amazing mutualistic relationships that exist all over nature, it becomes clear that these organisms were designed to work together.
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