In the category of “It’s a Feature, Not a Bug”, the Boston Globe reveals today that homes with children aren’t filled with shouting between children and parents in different parts of the home anymore.

“Mothers and fathers eager to avoid in-person blowback are texting chore and homework reminders to teens who are a mere staircase away,” the Globe says. “Husbands and wives fearful of broaching sensitive issues are texting each other from the same kitchen.”

Ah, paradise!

No more slamming the door screaming, “I hate you and I wish I’d never been born.”

Texting can make a home run more smoothly.

In Cambridge, therapist Kyle Carney said this type of family texting plan can remove the emotion from otherwise charged interactions, over, say, college-admissions prep, or wardrobe choices.

“In a face-to-face conversation things might break down,” she said.

Carney likened texting to another comfortable platform for parent-child communication: the front seat of the car, at night, with both staring ahead into darkness.

But with Uber and other services driving teens around, and kids holed up in their rooms on their devices, the opportunities for relaxed conversation are dwindling, she said.

Deborah Offner, a Newton psychologist who specializes in adolescents, said texting can be helpful for parents: “You can edit.”

But as Offner knows from texting with her own adolescent, there’s also risk. “A couple of times I thought my daughter was being sarcastic, but she wasn’t,” Offner said. “And when I didn’t use an emoticon, she took my message to be harsher than I meant it.”

Where is the line between acceptable and absurd? The societal norms are moving goal posts.

Many people consider texting so seamless that it doesn’t feel like an interruption — not even during a Patriots game, as Braintree hostess Sharyn Fireman has learned.

When she verbally offers a guest a beer while the Pats are running a play, she said, “The hand goes up — no talking!

But when she texts the offer, from her seat on her big couch — to a guest on the very same couch — she gets a text response right back.

“They trade freedom and independence for the comfort of their phones and bedrooms,” one naysayer said.

“Nonsense,” countered another who’s obviously raised kids before. “One can argue that we give our kids more independence, because we know we can always get in touch with them [and] they can get in touch with us.”

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

Tomorrow, Target Field is going to host a football game and there are plenty of people who want to see St. John’s play St. Thomas in one of Division III’s oldest rivalries. The place will be sold out. It was a slam dunk move for the Twins to host the game in the Church of the Thinking Person’s Game.

Back in the day, football was often played in baseball stadiums. The New England Patriots of my youth played in Fenway Park.

So it wasn’t unusual after the football game, to still the see the football lines when watching a baseball game.

And that might account for the reaction the Twins have gotten to posting the various images of converting a beautiful baseball stadium into a gridiron.

Football is a bully. It’s already taken over as the national pastime, it’s made itself synonymous with America itself, and football lines on a baseball field is saying “your season’s over, it’s our time.” This is desecration of a sacred ground.

September, and — if the Twins don’t blow their lead for a wild card spot — October constitute the last beachhead for baseball’s existence in the national consciousness.

Nobody gets upset when a country music star plays at Target Field, but country music hasn’t stolen baseball’s popularity.

Enjoy the game, football fans. Clean up after yourselves and take those lines with you when you leave.

We do not get many opportunities to pause and reflect on the abilities of the human mind, but today is providing the chance to consider the possibilities of genius, particularly when you consider the relatively short time since humans mastered flight.

NASA launched OSIRIS-REx a year ago, sending it on its way to the asteroid Bennu, where it will take samples and return them to earth.

It doesn’t have enough fuel to get there, which is OK because in the time since its launch, the earth has swung in its orbit to meet the spacecraft again.

It will pass within 11,000 miles of us just before noon today, and use the earth’s gravitational pull to slingshot itself toward the asteroid. It — or rather someone’s human mind — accomplished this by factoring in the six degree difference between the earth’s orbit around the sun and the asteroid’s.

If all goes well, the slingshot will match the spacecraft’s speed and trajectory to the asteroid’s.

It’ll look like this:

The spacecraft’s Twitter account is urging people to “wave” to it today, which is a pretty appropriate way to get people to stop and consider just how smart our species can be when we put out minds to it.

In today’s process, giving the spacecraft some momentum takes some away from the earth’s, the New York Times says. Not to worry. We’ve got plenty and fall will still arrive as scheduled later this afternoon.

How will the spacecraft bring its samples back to earth? Gravity takes care of that, too.

Gravity is cool.

All credit goes to whomever inspires us in math, science, and physics.