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I see it has been a while since my last post.  I do mean well though.  I think about posting, as there isn’t a day that goes by that there isn’t something to write about.  I mean the presidential election this year is going to be very interesting. Currently, I know who I’m not voting for, but have no idea who I am going to vote for.  I am looking strongly at the Libertarian candidate, as I consider myself an independent.  I vote for the person and the type of job I feel they will do, not what party they are.  The problem is that there really isn’t much difference between the Republicans and the Democrats to a point.  They say different things, but when it comes time to take action, you normally end up with the same thing.   Lies, broken promises, and wondering what has happened to our great country, the USA.  No matter how bad things look over here though, you would be hard pressed to find a country that is better to live in.  We still have freedom of speech, freedom to worship or not worship as we please, decide who to marry and how many children we want, and a whole host of other freedoms.  There are certain countries where if you said one bad word against the president or leader you would be killed or thrown in a locked cell never to be seen again.  If you were in their country illegally you sure wouldn’t be able to protest on the streets talking about what rights you should have.  First off, you probably wouldn’t want anyone to know you are there illegally and the minute they find out you of course will be either deported, jailed, or killed in the streets.   But, that wasn’t where I was going with this post…

You could also talk about the police shootings, racial tensions, all the acts of violence that are happening not only here but around the world, but that isn’t what I want to talk about.  I guess what is really bugging me right now is Facebook and social media.  I guess social media in general just has me baffled.  The other day I was told I was too dumb for words by a person I barely knew.  Don’t even think she was one of my friends, but I blocked her anyway.  All I had done was post a meme about gun control, which she took completely out of context and there you go.

I then had a Pastor who I have known for years up and block me because I didn’t agree with his politics.  First of all, why is a pastor telling me how to vote?  Not suggesting or saying the pros and cons of the situation, but that we have to have Hillary as president, Obama was the best president we have every had and Michelle Obama was a better first lady than even Jackie Kennedy… That last part really upset me.  But, what we got the most crossways over was how he felt like he could post all types of memes about how all white people are racist, we hate Obama because he is black, and other let’s hate all whites sort of items.  If you haven’t guessed it yet, he is a black pastor, of whom I was part of his church for a long time.  I told him first off I don’t hate Obama, I just don’t like his politics and what he has done for America.  I also try very hard to not see color, but after having all this race rhetoric thrown at me, it makes it very hard not to.  I guess when he posted for all to see that my husband had become loony and needed to get back on his meds just because he didn’t agree with the pastor, I finally had to tell him like it was.  Of course, we are both now blocked from his page, which is probably best.

The problem with social media is that for some reason people will say anything they want to you and about you because you are not face to face.  They can hide behind their computer screen, say anything they want, and then when things get too heated they can either block you, erase the posts, or just sign off.  I couldn’t imagine being a young person now, as I remember getting bullied and made fun of in school, but once you got home you could forget about it.  They didn’t have an easy way to communicate with you, and that was that.  Today, you can’t get away from them.  The bullies find you on social media and then harass you.  If you block them they will make a different screen name, get you to become friends, and then turn on you that way.  Someone can take a picture of you in a compromising situation and then blast it to everyone through texts or messenger.  It is just mind blowing.  I have told several people that if it wasn’t for wanting to keep up with my kids and friends, I would just close my Facebook account, but then I would lose out on my ability to communicate with them, and that would mean the bullies would win, and that is not an option.  I have come to the point where I try to post only cute and funny things so I don’t have to worry about the backlash… You know, pick your battles sort of thing.

But all that aside, my main focus right now is to finally start focusing on writing fiction.  I know I have been talking about this for a while, at least 3 years, but this year I turn a speed limit on August 1, you know the speed no one can drive?  55….  So, it is time to either start writing or move on to something else… Is there something in your life you have wanted to do, but just haven’t started or gave up on it?  Maybe it is time you take inventory of what you really want to do in this life before it is too late… As life does seem to go faster the older you get and before you know it you’re at the end…. Till next time….

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At what point did we all stop talking to each other? Since the age of cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, I-Pad, etc. it seems that no one talks face-to-face anymore. I have started looking at the people sitting in restaurants and have noticed how you will have young couples who rarely speak to each other, as they are too busy texting on their cell phones. I sit and wonder if they are texting each other instead of actually speaking.  Everywhere you look there are people of all ages walking/driving/sitting texting on their phones and not talking to the person sitting right next to them. You have people who end relationships through a text message. People literally do not know they have been dumped until they read their significant other’s Facebook page and see that their relationship status has changed to single. How many people can actually say they have hand wrote a letter in the last year? I understand that email is much quicker way to contact someone than snail mail, but sometimes it is nice to receive a letter that someone actually took the time to write to you, instead of a quick email or text they just whipped together. I didn’t even realize how mad my one son was with me until he un-friended me on Facebook and that was months ago with no word since. I really feel that there are many a broken relationship, angry feelings, and people who have been hurt deeply because instead of picking up a phone or going to see the person face-to-face they have misunderstood the intention of an email or text, got their feelings hurt and quit talking to the other person, when the other person did not mean what they thought.

The problem with the written word is you can get some emotion from it, but you cannot always get the true meaning as you are not hearing the inflection in their voice, seeing the look on their face, their body language and all the other subtle hints that let you know what their true meaning is. You cannot see in a text how a person truly feels. Yes, you can type in all caps and let a person know you are mad or you can make little symbols and XOXOs to show love, but that can only go so far. We have a whole generation of kids who have no idea how to interact with other people because they have spent all their waking hours communicating through truncated texts or status updates on Facebook. I really do think it is about time that people take the time to make personal contact instead of relying on the impersonal electronic communication we have all become accustom to. Till next time….

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