Emergence from the wilderness 

My self-imposed Facebook diet has concluded. I found myself reluctant to return, not because I’m antisocial but because I don’t miss the needless drama. However, my dad had a serious medical issue this past week and I need to use the site to communicate with family members. I did cull the list of people I […]

No Facebook. No Drama.

As Lent draws to a close this week, I’m reflecting on my Facebook-free choice. While I miss follow some of my friends, what I don’t miss is more important: Drama, fake (read: inflammatory) “news” stories, and time wasters like “what is your spirit animal.” Feh. I know now that the only posts I truly care […]

Lent without Face: Status update

It is now four and a half weeks without using Facebook, and I am finding that I don’t miss it. I’m noticing more peace and less drama in my life. My mind id more calm. I’m able to focus on things that really matter to me: family, professional writing, etc. I get my news from […]

A Lent Without x, Part 2

So my Facebook diet continues, and I’m actually enjoying the peace of mind. I now follow the Congressional Record and get the actual feed of what Congress is doing each day. I rather like reading the source document before the news about it. I’ve also found that I think more clearly and am more productive. […]

Finding peace in the tumult

Each day, I encounter people who are uncomfortable with the political situation here. Quite often, it’s a student who is trying to understand the milieu of social media and journalistic posts. Sometimes it’s a stranger I encounter while waiting somewhere. Then there’s my immediate family, two of whom are budding Yao aunt ladies trying to […]

Seeds of Compassion

I have that awful virus that’s making the rounds in my area. Starts as a headache, progresses through cold symptoms, and ends in light-headedness and nausea. Sounds like fun, right? To me, it seems like the seeds of compassion.  I think this world is a never-ending process of softening and rounding our rough edges, of […]