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Castle’s Kids Blog Week | February Vacation Hockey Tournament

Over February vacation I had a hockey tournament in Pembroke, Massachusetts. It was a lot of fun. The first game I had was on Wednesday the 22nd. The team that I played (Weymouth) scored first. But then we came back and scored ten unanswered goals, one of which was mine (I also had two assists). Then the next day we had two games: one was at 10:00 and another at 2:00.

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Castle’s Kids Blog Week | SOPA: Stopping Online Piracy or Stopping Online Freedom?

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA for short, is a law created as a means to stop copyright infringement and other acts of piracy on the internet. The U.S. government has been trying to pass this law for a few months now, but they have recently postponed the decision of whether or not to pass the law due to many acts of disapproval, including a petition run by Google. It also turns out that this might have been a scheme that has been set up since years before. I’ve never been affected by this, and I probably never will be. But right now, I’m not speaking for myself, I’m speaking for the people that will be affected by this greatly, and for the few that have already been affected by this ridiculous act.

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Castle’s Kids Blog Week: Lila’s Take on Getting Ready for School

When I get up in the morning I have two and a half hours to get ready for school. I like having so much time in the morning because I don’t have to worry that I won’t be ready for school when the bus comes. I wake up at 6:15am and then get ready for half an hour. I finish getting ready at about 6:45am and then I watch TV until 8:20am and wait for my bus to come. My bus comes at about 8:30am. That is why I like having so much time in the morning so I don’t have to rush and I get to watch TV.

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Social Tuesday: If a bird sings on the Internet…

You’re probably familiar with the thought experiment “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” The experiment deals with the problem of whether existence requires perception, whether reality is conditioned by sensation.  The Scientific American’s prosaic solution to the problem reads, “Sound is vibration, transmitted to our senses through the mechanism of the ear, and recognized as sound only at our nerve centers. The falling of the tree or any other disturbance will produce vibration of the air. If there be no ears to hear, there will be no sound.”

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One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, Lance Armstrong announced his retirement (again), the Grammys were nominated for 5 Emmy awards and I made my first authentic Greek salad. How do I know this? I recently discovered Timehop, a new social media site that allows users to walk down memory lane.

Timehop is a brilliant se

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Kate’s Take: Boosting Team Effectiveness through Multi-Generational Strategies

Our family and life experiences are integral parts of our development. The skills and values we learn help shape how our leadership styles develop. A successful leader will be able to recognize individual differences and manage to that diversity within a team.  In today’s society, where labels have been used to describe different age groups in the workforce (i.e. Baby Boomers, GenXers, Millenials), it is essential that good leaders understand the differences – not the stereotypes – and manage to them effectively.

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Spring training saves spirits of New England sports fans

Like many fellow New England sports fans, I am still suffering from the Patriots Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, especially because it brought back horrific memories from 2008. As I begin to look through sports media outlets again, I see things are looking up for us New England fans.

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Is this seat taken?

A colleague of mine recently informed me about the launch of KLM AirlinesMeet and Seat program. The airline allows passengers to share their social media profile (LinkedIn or Facebook) to see and select who they would like to sit by. My first response: “Are you kidding?!?”

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It’s complicated: Facebook and our relationships

Oh Valentine’s Day…definitely one of my least favorite holidays, right up there with New Year’s Eve. It could be because I found it confusing in high school, distressing in college, and irritating as an adult.  Instead of focusing this post on the countless shameless marketing ploys or the over-priced prix fix menus, I thought Valentine’s Day would be a great time to take a look at how Facebook has impacted our romantic relationships.   

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My Furry Valentine

For Valentine’s Day, the humane organization ASPCA has created an extra-sweet social media campaign. Via Facebook and the organization’s website, everyone can share free virtual Valentine’s Day cards displaying adorable pups and cats asking the question of the day: Will you be mine?

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