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March 11, 2014

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Do you do Facebook?

There are probably some out there that have no clue what Facebook is, how it operates and could care less.

For you nay-sayers, Facebook is a social-media site that is found on-line and occupies nearly 100 percent of your time while on your computer or on a hand-held device called your phone. Well, I may be stretching it a bit, but whenever I’m on it all my friends seem to be there, too.

Actually I’m somewhat “hooked” and find it hard to ignore. There is a wealth of information to usurp on Facebook, most of it from friends — long ago friends, current friends and many new friends.

Why is it so compelling to be “in the know” about who’s under the weather or who took a vacation or about our kids, our grandkids or our BFF’s? I guess it’s about being current on all the latest news. After all, when we’re out and about it is seldom that we don’t see a major portion of the population with a phone stuck to their ear while catching up on “important” information.

I guess the main thrust for me is that I get to renew old acquaintances from long ago while keeping current on new ones (some that I’ve not even met) and stay abreast of what’s happening, or for that matter, what happened long ago — and at my age that’s usually long before most that I talk to. It’s kind of like a history lesson — past, present and sometimes future.

I usually get most responses from Middlebury connections, being that I was born there, graduated there and lived there for 41 years. It is amazing to me how eager people are to relate to certain subjects of the past — a lot of my friends are much better at past history than myself but I usually give my 2 cents worth anyhow. Much is about growing up from childhood and the usual laughable tales.

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