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Notes from Steve

October 15, 2015

My friend in Arizona has become the “rescue cat” lady.  She is always extolling us with stories of cats who lived in garbage compactors (rescued but lost a limb) and a bag of newborn kittens in a convenience store dumpster (they are bottle feeding them) … to tell you the truth it is emotional exhaustion.  I’m seeing stories and films of baby deer and harrowing stories of the disabled kid on the football team … Seriously, I tear up nightly because of Facebook.  I can’t take all this drama – oh, and seriously?  The coming home from war videos with the little kids and soldier parents, I’m a hot mess.

 

When I grew up we didn’t have social media.  We had 3 channels on the TV (4 if you count PBS – which we didn’t).  If we wanted to be emotionally moved, we read Guideposts and we liked it.  I didn’t see handicapped kittens or bottle fed deer nuzzling grandmas.  And there weren’t a lot of war veterans coming home when I grew up in the late 70’s.  My drama was limited.  So I didn’t have the ability to immunize myself against said social media drama.*

 

I’ve told many a soul that my first book will be entitled “Disconnect to Re-engage”.  I think I should take this advice and unplug for awhile to really figure out how to not live with Facebook infused drama.  (pause and sigh)  I was having lunch last week with a friend who told the table that she was incredibly ill the week before and was without her phone for 4 days.  “I didn’t even pick it up!”  A collective gasp was shared around the table and I immediately felt sorry for her.  

 

I think I have a real problem.

 

*it’s kind of like my mom was a first generation Weight Watcher.  What this means is our house had no snacks at all.  So when I discovered Oreos and Doritos – all hope was lost.

 

-Steve Simonin, President & CEO 

 

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