Reaching out anyway – part 2

To read part 1 click here.

After I sent that DM in Instagram to a former classmate, I walked away from my phone.

The memory I had of an event in grade 11 art class had triggered something in me to want to reach out to this man, a boy I once knew for many years in school and who is now a famous musician, singer and guitarist.

I was really curious: did he remember that class as vividly as I did?

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Handy mobile app features: twitter, instragram and tumblr

Some social media apps on mobile have some really handy features I like. I got used to these features, which is why when I join new apps and notice they don’t have the same flexibility or capability as the others, I am propelled to call this out on my blog. 😛

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Monday answers to your questions – part III

It’s Monday again and I have more answers to your questions you asked me in this post as well as the follow-up reminder post.

Two weeks ago I answered the questions by IM Fletcher and Deb who asked me related questions about my flight attendant days. Click here to see their inquiries and my responses.

Last week I answered questions about my Swiss background initiated by BereavedSingleDad, Cupcakecache and Joni of Home Place Web. To see those questions and answers, click here.

Remaining questions will be addressed on future Mondays so don’t despair if you haven’t seen yourself mentioned yet. There were 16 people in total who asked me things, and I did take my time to respond accurately and honestly, which you can imagine does take some time.

So here is the next group of questions:

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GenXers, digital technology and the authenticity of blogging friendships

I am interrupting my vacation memories reporting to bring you some other thoughts percolating through my head. 🙂

There are people in my life who consider internet friends not real.

Most ‘real’ people in my life consider all things social media ‘fake’. Essentially, they consider a person I ‘met’ through a blog or social media as ‘not a real friend’ and thereby ‘fake’.

As if meeting in physical life is a prerequisite to authentic friendship.

I am not one of those people.

Are you?

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Trust

This is a tricky word, trust. Don’t you think?

Trust is defined as a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. (Wiki)

Trust is something you earn, I think. Not something you give away freely, although that does happen, often. People will trust, sometimes blindly, until that trust is broken.

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Hibernation is impractical, and phone alerts are loud

It appears my plans to hibernate until April are not practical.

There’s the dog living here and another one needs walking and the family wants to go to the Auto show and a kid has a practice tonight and a game in Niagara Falls tomorrow and, and, and…

Ok fine, I’ll get up and make coffee.

This morning I was irritated by an alert that came in on my phone. Here’s what happens in Canada:

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We blog to share, but how much do we edit?

You know us bloggers are a special breed, right? Here we are, sharing our lives with each other, forming communities, liking and commenting on diverse topics and thereby broadening our perspectives regularly.

We are writers, all of us. But whether we admit it or not, we are also editors.

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News, social media and the drama of the day

I used to consume the news every morning over coffee. I’d supplement the broadcast on TV by googling the stories that interested me on my phone, and then I’d get on with my day.

I still do this occasionally, but I tend to stick with a morning show that tells me pertinent information affecting me directly (weather, snow day school closures, transit delays, that sort of thing) rather than the more analytical, opinionated stories that require too much mental power to digest during the first coffee of the day. So a local TV breakfast show rather than a national overview.

Know what I mean?

There’s plenty of time to seek out the national and international news during another part of the day. If at all.

Sometimes however, I may just scan some headlines to get a quick fix; a sort of ‘satisfy my curiosity about x and y without too much detail’. In those circumstances, I tend to ask myself questions but then hesitate to delve deeper to find out more. You know, like this:

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