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Christina Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

Wilmington, NC

Christina Wood

I have been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. I've written the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and the Deal Seeker column at Yahoo! Tech. I also write about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications. Clients include Greatschools.org, CIO, The Week, Experience Magazine, Discovery, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.

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What Lies Beneath

I stand on the deck of the vision, soaking in the view of the big sur coast when a man wearing dry-suit underwear and ugg boots bumps into me, tossed by a lurch of the boat. “Come here often?”. Diving off the coast of big sur is not something anyone does often. There is nowhere to put in a boat south of point lobos or north of morro bay and those dramatic cliffs make getting into the ocean from shore nearly impossible.
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How to catch a falling son

By Christina Tynan-Wood When he was young, my son Cole was an entertaining writer, voracious reader, and so curious he exhausted us with questions. In second grade, he was tested as gifted. Now, at 15, he's as likely to be the teacher in our relationship as the student.
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The wilderness transformed my son

By Christina Tynan-Wood My son, Cole, was an angry teen. I'm not sure how he got so angry or what he was angry about. But, from my point of view, he went from a sweet, intelligent boy with an unstoppable curiosity to an angry, unproductive young man overnight.
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Kill the motor, dude. Find out what your kids can do on their own

My favorite scene in Finding Nemo is when Marlin (Nemo’s dad) encounters the wise, ancient turtles and their adorable offspring. Crush, age 150 — has lived long enough to know a few things about being a dad. When his son Squirt, playing, gets accidentally shot out of the current they’re riding, Marlin rushes to rescue him.
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Spanking: discipline or abuse?

It's common, it's cultural, it's legal in all states in the nation. But does spanking work? I grew up with two kinds of spanking. My mother, a gentle and affectionate Brit raising four small children without much support, rarely spanked. Well, she often smacked our butts, jokingly, affectionately, with a laugh, sometimes followed by a tickle or hug.
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HOW TO: Be an ally to the cause

We are all angry, furious really, about the injustice, the lies, the intimidation, and the brutality we see unfolding in the news and in our social media feeds daily. In the wake of the George Floyd murders, our collective fury erupted into the streets. My daughter (21) went to a protest and, while trying to be an ally to a black man there who was being threatened by an armed police officer, was thrown against a wall, threatened, and “gassed.”.
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11 Newest Tech Items We're Obsessed With

We love tech. But we don’t fall for the hype the tech companies create for the latest expensive gear. We know what we want. We want what we want. Here is the latest gear that we wish was currently gracing our desk, pocket, wrist, car, cell phone, and self. In my dreams, I work in a Steampunk world where my computer is steam powered and space travel fills my vacation plans.
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The most dangerous part of scuba diving

After a frigid morning scuba diving off the coast of Big Sur, I head back to Morro Bay on an 88-foot boat, preparing to say goodbye to the salty assortment of old-school divers I’ve shared the vessel with for four days. These are some of the best divers I’ve ever met. Several are old enough to have bought their first regulators from Jacques Cousteau in the 1950s.
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The last-minute gift guide every procrastinator needs

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The 10 best headphones to gift this holiday season

Forget the charity goat, the scarf no one will wear, and the gift card for Olive Garden. The one thing everyone on your list wants is a new set of headphones. Even if you got everyone headphones last year, they probably lost them. Do you want your money to go to something that will get used? In this always-plugged-in era, that's headphones.
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Hiring for diversity: 9 ways to retool your process

You’ve read the research. You know your team needs to be diverse to create innovative products, make good decisions, and boost your bottom line. You’ve told the hiring managers, pestered HR, and set quotas. So why does every recruit look exactly like the staff you have? RELATED ARTICLES hottest and coldest outsourcing trends city globe 7 hot IT outsourcing trends — and 7 going cold artificial intelligence / machine learning / binary code / neural network 10 machine learning success stories: An inside look Exiting the computing business 10 signs top talent may soon leave See all Insider You’ve read the research. You know your team needs to be diverse to create innovative products, make good decisions, and boost your bottom line. You’ve told the hiring managers, pestered HR, and set quotas. So why does every recruit look exactly like the staff you have? ADVERTISING Sure, there is a supply problem for skilled IT pros; finding diverse candidates is even harder. “I believe diversity generates creativity and balance,” says Tim Enwall Head of Misty Robotics. “But every person on the planet is looking for these people. As a startup, we can't afford these skyrocketing salaries.” It’s called the diversity pipeline problem. The real problem with that pipeline, though, is that it’s a myth. “I hear the excuse that women and people of color with the right skills don't exist,” says Debbie Madden, CEO of development and product consultancy Stride Consulting. “That is factually incorrect. Women make up over 50 percent of both the U.S. population and college graduates. In fact, there are hirable women in the workplace.” If you want a diverse team, look different. Change both the way you search and the way you appear. “If a company presents as not inclusive or unsafe, women and people of color won’t reach out to you.” Some solutions are simple, obvious even – once they’ve been pointed out to you. Others are complicated. But all are possible. To get you started, we asked experts for their advice for finding that unicorn you don’t believe exists – a diverse tech team. Here's what they said.
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Mastering the art of employee recognition: 9 things you can do right now

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