It’s been a while…Here’s why.

Hi friends.

It has been a long while since I posted here.

I hadn’t anticipated taking such a long sabbatical, but after a busy work season this past spring, I needed a break. More than that, I needed some quiet.

The truth is, it’s getting awfully loud around here. And when I say, “around here,” I mean the worldwide web.

It makes me weary.

It’s like a traffic jam in hot weather…horns are honking and drivers are jockeying for position.

I’m weary of the competition and one upsmanship.
I’m weary of the bullying.
I’m tired of the barrage of promotions.
I’m sick of the rat-race that has overtaken the information super-highway.
(It requires too much merging. And anyone who knows me knows that highway merging makes me very, very nervous.)

Make no mistake…I love the internet! The convenience alone makes life so much better…I tried to explain to my kids how I used to do research. You remember…Reference books. Journals. Microfiche. (They stared blankly, as though I was recounting life in another millennium. Which, of course, it was.)

Because of Facebook, I’m in touch with “old friends” more often; those friendships aren’t punctuated only by Christmas cards and reunions. We’re all a little more connected. I love seeing vacation photos and celebrating birthdays, new jobs, graduations, touchdowns and lead roles.

I worry, though, that by being so connected, we’re getting a little disconnected. Our memories and experiences are boxed into pithy hashtags while our touch screens have gotten us decidedly out of touch with each other. Life has become a caricature of itself as we clamor for attention and laughs and time on the virtual soapbox.

My wise grandfather, for whom my son is named, greatly appreciated architecture, science and technology. If he were here, Papa Bill would likely marvel at the speed and efficiency of the internet, and he’d love the richness of the information. But he’d also urge moderation. And, most certainly, he’d invoke one of his favorite quotes from Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true.” A gentleman, my grandfather always maintained his integrity and stood firm in his beliefs, without humiliating or belittling others…without having to have the last word.

Those are good standards for merging into the worldwide web.mitziecar

I’m searching, I think, not for an internet super-highway, but rather, a virtual Route 66. Slower. Kinder. Friendlier.
Quieter.

And I want my vehicle here (my blog!) to be like my minivan…In real life, I drive a dented, 10 year-old minivan, with fraying upholstery, and a CD player that works…sometimes. But it’s comfortable and reliable, and it holds lots of people. It gets us safely from A to B.

I still have research to do, stories to tell and articles to write. As I do, I want to respect the other “drivers,” even though some might pass me by or even bump into me from time to time. I know I’ll make some mistakes, too. I might cut someone off or slow somebody down. If I do, I’ll try to apologize…or at least wave politely.  No one’s perfect…least of all, me. I’ll be prepared, though, and I will choose my route carefully and be sure my mind and heart are headed in the right direction.

It’s pretty unrealistic to think that the whole internet can suddenly become a safer, smoother, more genteel place. But I can certainly make THIS part of the internet better. I hope you’ll come with me…Hop in. Buckle your safety belt. Roll down the windows.

And don’t worry…if the CD player isn’t working…

We’ll sing.

 

 

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Five Facts for Friday {7.27.12 edition}

This weekend brings the Olympic games into our family rooms…for our family, it’s always great fun to watch not only the events, but also the opening ceremonies and the feature stories about the athletes. There is so much richness in uniting cultures for a common purpose!

Hope you are all winding down from this last full week of July…I can’t believe we turn the calendars to August next week! This summer (for us!) is flying by, and school supplies have made their appearance at Target and Office Max…inwardly I’m screaming, “NOT YET!” I want to savor the summer a bit more. How about you?

We still have time for a little more summer fun…starting right now…

FIVE FACTS FOR FRIDAY

1. Apparently, Garnier Fructis has made a shampoo that has caffeine in it. I prefer my hair to be decaffeinated…otherwise, it gets the shakes.
2. Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”
3. Although we have offered to retrofit our 1920’s computer with the Comic Sans font, Annie still prefers to take her new laptop to college. Kids these days.
4. Speaking of kids…it turns out, they really DO grow up too fast.
5. Twenty-two years ago tomorrow, I married Tom. My favorite part of the ceremony (besides the handsome groom!) was the music. What do you like about weddings?

 

Five Facts for Friday {6.29.12 edition}

Hello there, everyone!

Hope you are staying nice and cool wherever you are located. If you are in the Western United States, I pray that you are safe from the wildfires. And, if you live in the south, I hope you’re safe from the floodwaters.

I’m happy to report that while I was in a tizzy last week, my computer is now back up and running.

I am, for the record, investing in all sorts of back up protection…

And now for some good fun! 

1. I just checked the weather report for Hell, Michagan, and compared it to Chagrin Falls….it’s going to be as hot as Hell here in Chagrin today.
2. Three cheers for my new friend, Omar, who not only fixed my computer but retrieved all of my files from a damaged hard drive. I love Omar. I really do.
3. Sometimes the very best thing is to have a good cry.
4. I wonder if the Supreme Court Justices ever get tired of wearing black.
5. My favorite summer job: Pearl Diver at Sea World when I was in college. How about you?

Happy Friday, friends.

~Katie