“Nomophobia” 

Neal Pollard That’s not a typo for another popularly-used term.  It’s actually a “thing,” at least according to a 2010 study by the UK Post Office.  It is short for “no-mobile-phone phobia” (Tim Elmore, psychologytoday.com). There’s even a website called nomophobia.com, and they identify “the four fears of Nomophobia”—broken, lost, stolen, or useless smartphones. While … Continue reading “Nomophobia” 

“Please Let My Mom Stop Smoking”

Neal Pollard It was written on the back of a recent attendance card by one who seems to be pretty young--less than ten years old.  I did not recognize the child's name, so I would guess it to be a visitor.  Yet, the plaintive cry pulls at my heartstrings. Ironically, another visitor (a grown man) … Continue reading “Please Let My Mom Stop Smoking”