Ideas

Three Apps That Expand Your Mind

by Cathy on September 28, 2011 · 4 comments

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One of the joys of owning an I-phone is the endless opportunity to learn new things. Here are my three favorite apps, along with their corresponding web sites, that provide a continual source of stimulating ideas. (Click on the embedded link below for each to listen to a sample show.)

1. TED Mobile, and the corresponding TEDTalks video web site. TED, a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, began as a conference bringing together people from Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then, its scope has expanded to include two annual conferences, TED conversations, and the annual TED prize awarded to a great innovator.

Check out this interesting TEDTalk video by Ken Robinson, an imaginative (and funny) educator who discusses creativity and modern education.

2. NPR Addict, where you can tap into all the great NPR shows such as All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and (my favorite) Fresh Air.

3. Stitcher, which allows you to listen to most podcasts through a live stream, rather than going through the trouble of downloading the show. My favorite podcasts include This American Life (which profiles everyday and famous people who are interesting), NPR’s Most Emailed Stories Podcast, and the Startup Success Podcast (which features clever start ups and the entrepreneurs who launched them).

Don’t let the conversation end there. Tell me your favorite apps or web sites that you turn to regularly to broaden your mind.

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The last few days, Kansas City was starting to look like Seattle with overcast skies and a barrage of rain. Then today, the sun came out and I stepped away from my computer! I have been thinking lately about how much we can experience life second hand if we pass too many hours online.

My life is becoming more defined by my online time since the direction of my freelance work with CHS Communications is about social media and creating online marketing for clients. That paradox seems a bit hilarious to me since the theme of this blog is about engaging with life through exploration, travel and connecting with unique people.

Tending to my potted herb garden gives me an excuse to sit on the front porch for a bit

So I stepped outside for just a bit to sniff the spring air, listen to the airplane overhead and tend to my potted herbs on the front porch. I may not have the time to tend a huge herb garden, as I did at my old house, but I can watch over a few pots of these flavorful lovelies.

Is the sun shining where you live or are the stars twinkling in the night sky? Walk away from your computer for just a bit. Pour a glass of wine and savor it on the deck while you look up at the stars or go for a stroll around your neighborhood. (Put down the wine glass first before you go for the neighborhood stroll! Or maybe a strolling wine tasting would be a great way to connect with your neighbors!) There … all better!

Social media strategist Gwen Bell shares how she balances her online time with the rest of her life in this Experience Life magazine interview:

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