“The middle of the road is a poor place to walk.
It is a poor place to drive.
It is a poor place to live.”
I love this technological age we live in.
Last week, using a little device I held in my hand, I spoke to my daughter in Portland, Oregon, to my daughter in Tacoma, Washington, to my daughter in Denver, Colorado, to my daughter in Austin, Texas, and to my daughter and son in Missoula, Montana. I think that’s incredible!
But that’s not all. Using Face Time and Skype, I’ve been able to have live video chats with my family in all of those places and even live video chats with my brother in New Zealand. That’s beyond incredible. It’s almost miraculous.
Throw in texts, tweets, emails and Facebook and I have to admit I love the communication tools we have today.
But yesterday I was at the store and I bumped into two people I had not seen in a long time — Aana and Carol. I had kept up with what was happening in their lives through Facebook and other online resources but seeing them in person was very special. To hug them, to talk to them face to face, to just be near them for a few minutes was a delight as I caught up with what has been happening in their lives.
The communication tools available to us are wonderful.
But speaking to someone face to face is so much better.
Enjoy the social media and the electronic tools at your finger tips. But I would encourage you to give special attention to the face to face interactions available to you.
It may be people you see everyday — in your family, at work, at school. It may be old friends you “happen” to bump into. It may be potential new friends who were strangers before you met them.
Enjoy the social media interactions you have but TREASURE the face to face contacts with the people in your life today.
This song takes me back a few years. Okay, a few decades.
Written by Shel Silverstein and performed by The Irish Rovers.
I have to admit it’s a little thing.
But sometimes the little things are nice.
The local public library just added my novel, The Outer Rims, to their collection.
Amazon has just started a “Kindle Unlimited” feature in their store.
For one price ($9.99 per month) you have access to over half a million books. Read as many as you want!
It’s kind of a Netflix for books.
While this is not a new business model, Amazon is certainly the biggest dog in the marketplace to try this approach. I think the key to their success will be the quality of the books they offer.
As a writer I’m interested in how this approach will work out and if it will become a standard way to distribute books.