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stories by Paula Mooney

Video games, seizures, and why I burned my son’s ‘Call of Duty’ shirt

It was 5:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning when I heard the sound that caused both my husband and I to lurch out of bed and make a beeline for our 13-year-old son’s bedroom. Turning on his lamp to bring light to the room at dawn, I began the routine of quoting aloud Bible verses that came to mind and practicing commanding whatever was causing his body to seize to come out of him in Jesus’ name – just like Christ did in Mark 9 after his disciples failed to do so for another boy having a seizure.

Games that help you lose weight

Now that it’s summertime, everyone wants to look good in their sundresses and shorts and do so ASAP. (Never mind that the kind of fitness freaks I follow on Instagram post memes that say stuff like “Summer bodies are made in the gym in the winter” or “No days off” and such.) I realize that not everybody loves to hit treadmills and elliptical machines at health clubs, nor is grunting and sweating away in boot camps lifting 25-pound kettle bell weights their thing. However, weight loss experts say that strength training is a key component to rapidly dropping pounds.

‘Make it Rain’ app: The secret to its $50K per day success

I first heard about the notorious app called “Make it Rain: The Love of Money” by Space Inch, LLC, while blithely scrolling through my email and seeing a headline from Business Insider about the app making $50,000 per day in ad revenue and in-app purchases. Several days later, I’d see it in action, in the hands of a 5th-grade student as I chaperoned a school trip to Cincinnati.

iPad Mini with Flappy Bird sells for $8K on eBay amid listing takedowns

Yesterday I was berating my kids for not previously downloading the oh-so-popular Flappy Bird app that has been a big source of controversy lately. I only learned about the app being removed from the app store from a group of carpool kids that I drive to and from school – and my ears perked up when one of them told me that some Flappy Birds “try-hards” were buying used devices with the app still loaded on them for around $1,000 on eBay.