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Books? Don’t Miss THE Classic!

14 Nov

A friend likes to send me (Dawn) text messages humor. A recent one was:  “Scientists R trying 2 figure out how long a person can live w/o a brain. Please tell them UR age.” (Hey!)

And here’s another:  “I’ve used up all my sick days. Do U think I can call N dead?”

I love texting. I use it all the time with my friends and family … especially my granddaughter, Megan. She’s always texting me funny things … like a picture of a crocodile for her school “Egypt project.” [She’s an animal lover, and she made up an Egyptian city called “Crocodopilis.”]  That led to a silly conversation: “See ya later, Alligator”… “After while, Crocodile.” Then I called her “GeckoGirl” and she responded with “Gramdragon.” Weird conversation, but fun.

Pam Farrel and I wrote about texting with a positive outlook in our book, LOL with God.

Yet according to a Nielsen survey, reported in Newsweek, “Americans between the ages of 13 and 17 send and receive an average of 3,339 texts per month. Teenage girls send and receive more than 4,000.” (1) Wow! That’s texting on overload! And I’ve noticed that texting is starting younger and younger!

There is nothing wrong with texting as long as we discipline our time with it ~ the same as with Facebook, Twitter, and all social media technologies.  But aside from the time management issue, one of the related problems to texting is narrowed perspective, and that should concern teachers and parents. Many people simply aren’t reading anything of “substance” anymore.

Niall Ferguson, author of the article “Texting Makes Us Stupid,” examined this problem when he wrote, “The good news is that today’s teenagers are avid readers and prolific writers. The bad news is that what they are reading and writing are text messages.” (2)

There’s an element of truth there, but I believe it’s not the text messaging, per se, that makes us “stupid.” It’s the failure to seek out and read meaningful works of literature … or even a good newspaper! And it’s the failure of parents to insist on and plan creatively for positive interaction with good literature.

Some months ago, Pam asked on Facebook what books (from the classics) women remembered reading in high school and college.

It was fun looking at those old titles, and remembering what it felt like to discover the works of famous classic authors. I thought it might be interesting to look at some lists of “must read” books from days gone by. Here are just a FEW of the classics Continue reading

Seniors Text, 2!

28 Jan

The origins of this Senior Texting Code (STC) * is unknown (if anyone has the original author, please let me know).

Many seniors are texting and tweeting these days, and now they can be more Woman Struggling With Cell Phonetech-savvy! I (Dawn) have eliminated some for space ~ a few weren’t so nice ~ but these are hilarious.

(Note: I am not making fun of seniors since I am on the threshold of becoming one myself; but after talking with a number of seniors, I am convinced that this is simple reality!)

  • ATD:  At The Doctor’s
  • BTW:  Bring The Wheelchair
  • BYOT:  Bring Your Own Teeth
  • CBM:  Covered By Medicare
  • CUATSC:  See You At The Senior Center
  • DWI:  Driving While Incontinent
  • FWIW:  Forgot Where I Was
  • GGPBL:  Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low
  • GHA:  Got Heartburn Again
  • IMHO:  Is My Hearing-Aid On?
  • LMDO:  Laughing My Dentures Out
  • LWO:  Lawrence Welk’s On
  • OMMR:  On My Massage Recliner
  • ROFL… CGU:  Rolling On The Floor Laughing… And Can’t Get Up
  • WAITT:  Who Am I Talking To?
  • WWNO:  Walker Wheels Need Oil

Washington Post staff writer Kim Hart reported that seniors are really taping into texting, not so much because they want to, but because they need to ~ younger friends and relatives send them text messages, and they need to know how to respond. In the article, about 50 senior citizens went to Montgomery Mall in Behtesda, Maryland, to decode the mysteries of the cellphone and texting in a session provided by AT&T.

Hart reported (2008) that, according to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project,  about 50 percent of seniors over age 65 own a cellphone, compared to nearly 90 percent of people ages 18-29). The number of senior cell phone users is no doubt higher today.  Mike Bennett, AT&T’s executive director of consumer and government affairs, said, “Seniors make up the fastest-growing market for companies like AT&T. And they control about half of the disposable income in the country.”

Seniors, no matter the era, always struggle to keep up. I remember my grandpa talking about “those frustrating, new-fangled” contraptions Continue reading

Texting – A Cool Tool

8 Sep

Comedian Rhonda Rhea said on Facebook:  “I heard the average teen sends 3,000 texts a month. I always knew my kids were above average.”

Girl_Texting-Reclining

Pam and I are avowed “texters.” We send text messages to our husbands when we all travel in ministry in the U.S. and around the world. We appreciate the “instant” quality of text messaging; it’s one way we keep in touch with those we love. The abbreviations and shortcuts of text messaging are fun, once a person learns the language.

Phone texting is a cool tool, but it cannot compare to receiving  “text” messages from God ~ His communication to us through His Word ~ and our messages to Him in prayer. Communicating with God involves time, thought, and study.

God wants to communicate with us, Continue reading

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