When you're on vacation, unplug

In September, Washington columnist Doyle McManus wrote about how a demon iPad stole his summer vacation. "Instead of browsing dog-eared summer-house mystery novels and bodice rippers, this year we browsed the Internet," he lamented. "Instead of long evenings of Scrabble or Monopoly or poker, we checked our Twitter feeds and updated our Facebook pages." Lessons learned: "It's important not to let the convenience of the Internet get in the way of simpler beauties. That's not the Internet's fault. It's ours, for failing to curb the urge to browse." RELATED: Ted Rall's five best cartoons of 2013 2013 endings: Columnist Patt Morrison on what she won't miss Paul Walker and six other inspirational people who died too soon
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