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By Molly Logan Anderson
I’m Molly Logan Anderson, author of Grab the Good and seasoned freelance writer. As a happy mom and wife, sometimes I feel like the luckiest woman alive. But, like pretty much everyone I know, I often get pushed the brink of insanity thanks to the ...
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I’m Molly Logan Anderson, author of Grab the Good and seasoned freelance writer. As a happy mom and wife, sometimes I feel like the luckiest woman alive. But, like pretty much everyone I know, I often get pushed the brink of insanity thanks to the reality of every day life. Being blessed with so much while also dealing with the inevitable challenges we all face has resulted in an ultimate goal: to grab the good. Finding the good in every day; in the tiny moments of life that sometimes go unnoticed, keeps us grounded and loving what we have. It’s my hope to help you grab the good, too, through personal insights, heartwarming moments and lots of laughter. The experts will even stop by and weigh in from time to time. While Grab the Good (formerly Butterflies and Mud Pies) is my most cherished personal work and shares lots of snippets from our everyday, you’ll also find my national column running weekly through the GateHouse News Service. I write for a myriad of other publications, as well as many commercial clients, delivering research-based journalism, video columns and all types of commercial copywriting. Simply put, I love to write and to talk about topics for which I, or my clients, have a passion. Beyond writing, I’m a foodie , an avid gardener, voracious reader, TV and movie enthusiast, sporadic fitness buff, coffee house music lover and a social media and marketing junkie (with big aspirations on all fronts!) More than anything, it’s my daily goal to grab the good in every day and be better, in every way, than I was yesterday. So tune in for good news on everything from good recipes to good family and good style. If it’s good, I think we should grab it. And I’ll be writing about it here.
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Sometimes I wonder if I'll truly lose my kids to technology.  At any given time, you'll find them tapping away in some sort of off-road race, dragon-slaying, virtual cake baking, listening to tunes or pseudo-texting their friends.  This is most apparent during car rides; and when it's going on, it's hard to be heard at all.  I sometimes say, "All eyes look into mine in the rear view mirror!" before I speak.

I'm sure I had my own version of attention-kidnapping technology that swept my mind away from the real world at times, although the first I remember was a Sony Walkman I received at 14.  I also recall our Gigantor personal computer which was pretty much an MS-DOS prompt with a black screen and flashing cursor.  Oh, and there was the VHS player.  ("What's that?" Riley and Finn ask, although Logan still remembers.)  And my first cell phone came after marriage; a couple of years later, I think!

But that's not the world we live in anymore.  As I drove home from some errands yesterday (don't ask me how many times I've been to the Apple store to get assistance with my painfully slow phone - that's another post entirely), I was in dismay over the lack of conversation and the only vision I could catch of all three kids in the mirror:  the tops of their heads.  On the flip side, I loved that no one was complaining about my Sirius XM The Coffee House radio.  (No offense Pit Bull, but a girl can only take so much!)

At a long stoplight, I quickly glanced at Facebook on my phone.  "Look at Abby smiling you guys!" I yelled to the zombies in the back seat about a recent photo posted by my sister-in-law.  And they responded instantly, with sweet grins and chuckles as they passed the phone around, so obviously in love with their new cousin.  See, they're still there, technology or not, I thought.  Kids need to veg-out with technology a bit, but want something new and exciting to hear about as much as we do.  It's our hard job to keep it all in balance.



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