Now that I don't work outside the home, the calendar has a different, more casual function. It's more like...well, guidance. Sure, there are some hard and fast appointments, like when the housekeepers come. Or Riley's scent class. Or his grooming or my hair appointment. But by and large, the days . . .
George Clooney and Ben Affleck think they've got paparazzi problems? Today, anyone can see their most unguarded moments publicized on social media, thanks to amateur photogs armed with a cell phone camera and no respect for personal boundaries. Yes, there's a new category--social media . . .
When newscaster Walter Cronkite brought the sound and fury of the Vietnam War into our living rooms it marked the evolution of the news and mass media, confirmation that we had become, in fact, a global village. Since then we've had a ringside seat to events we can never un-see. Events so horrific . . .
Now there's a Facebook or blog post meme for every day of the week. You know, like Throwback Thursday. Gratitude Monday. Caturday. You know. I have to admit. They bore me. I mean, I'm grateful on Mondays for the same thing I'm grateful for every single day of the week. And at my age, I'm a . . .
The fact that there's an entire subculture that's immersed in the mindless minutiae of social media astounds me. Oh, you're wondering what a hipster is? There are a number of definitions in "official" internet sources, and they don't all agree. Here's what the Urban Dictionary says. Hipsters are . . .
There's too little civilized discourse these days, and too much heated rhetoric. Any chance to understand people who hold different beliefs is overwhelmed by insults and comments meant to demean. And social media have become the new vehicle for this kind of derision. Perhaps this began with the . . .
Sometimes it gets to be more than a bit too much. Every single day I open my Facebook page and see at least one and often more than one brand new flattering photo of one or more social media friends posted on their account. Not to mention dozens of ubiquitous (and aptly named) "selfies." And . . .
Well, ok, here's the thing. Some people may not agree and if you don't, I'd like to hear your respectful disagreement. Read on: We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’re all born into a culture and grow up absorbing its values and . . .
Damaged, creative, crazy soul-- I love Sylvia Plath and can't get enough of books by and about her. Her journals? OMG, the words in her journals are lively, active, evocative, descriptive and her concepts come out fully formed. IN HER JOURNALS. My journals have always been full of dully written . . .
A few weeks ago an online friend commented that she'd given up her addiction to social media and had never been happier. I struggle, myself, with the amount of time I can sit and read posts, comment and talk to social media pals while important things in my life go unattended. I asked if she'd . . .