Plugged In Author: Meredith Whitmore

Meredith has had two careers: one as a writer/editor for both Focus on the Family and The Navigators, and one as an English teacher trekking far-flung corners of Europe, Africa and Asia. She now rejoins Focus, but with souvenirs—including new eyes with which to better view American culture.

A Digital Aid to Confession

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Need help knowing what your sins are, or when to confess them? There’s an app for that. Inspired by the pope’s 2010 World Communications Address, which encouraged using new media to serve Catholics and God’s Word, Little iApps has released “Confession: A Roman Catholic App.” News reports say the app is sanctioned by the Catholic […]

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Aflockalypse Now

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Nope, that headline is not my own witty turn of phrase. (I wish.) It’s been floating around the media for the last few weeks—ever since thousands of birds mysteriously died and fell out of the sky over various U.S. states, as well as several other countries including Italy, Sweden, China and Chile. We’ve seen reports […]

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Bieber Fever Redlines

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This just in, ripped from the week’s headlines: “Justin Bieber is more influential than Barack Obama and Dalai Lama.” Yeah, I had to question that statement at first, too. So let me qualify: It’s in terms of social media sway, according to the online media company, Klout. Klout founder Joe Fernandez wanted a way to […]

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The Need (?) For Speed – #1

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Last week I purchased a MacBook that’s roughly 20 trillion times faster than my ancient iBook, whose microchips finally (subtle shout-out to Apple’s toughness) gave up the ghost after six years of daily use and lots of international travel. Yes, I resisted the urge to upgrade, in part because all of my frugal, Depression-era, use-it-till-it’s-gone-or-dead […]

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Viewers Say, “Zombies!” Zombies Say, “Uuuurrrrrrrr …”

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On Halloween night, AMC debuted the long-awaited comic-book-based, zombie-centric series, The Walking Dead. It was a gamble, considering how many horror lovers were probably dressed as zombies and not at their TV sets. But the show still drew 5.3 million fans—making it the best-rated AMC premiere and the highest-rated AMC episode. Ever. (Check out my […]

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Always Live & Wild

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About three weeks ago I felt “homesick” for Africa, where I worked and lived for about a year. There had to be some sort of streaming camera somewhere in South Africa, so I Googled and found africam.com, which sports several  always-on webcams from various parts of South Africa—including a 24/7 live video feed from the […]

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