Facebook was supposed to be fun, a word here that means, posting funny memes and keeping up with your peeps. Peeps: people you actually know, or at least pen pals with common interests.
Unfortunately, I've let it become a major time waster, sometimes a stressful one. My newsfeed has become all about politics, and I've contributed to it. It's not my intention to be thin-skinned, and I certainly don't think anyone is trying to upset me, but I find that some of the links shared by people I barely know from high school are--upsetting me. So, I've unfollowed and made up a restricted list, because I'm sure I've upset them, too.
It's become a belated resolution for 2017: spend less time on Facebook. Look to see what specific friends are up to, then get off.
An example of newsfeed mania: President Trump Declares 20 January 2017 "National Day of Patriotic Devotion." Yes, it's hilarious because it sounds just like him, but according to Snopes, this is just fancy verbiage, and President Obama also had a special name for his inauguration date.
The Women's March in Washington was a meaningful experience, and people everywhere were very nice and friendly. I enjoyed the speakers I was able to hear. Most of them I caught later. Gloria Steinem was, as usual--well, The Bomb. Michael Moore was excellent, and there were a couple young celebrities who were charmingly earnest. The only one who annoyed me was Madonna. We all know who she is, but it's not cool to mention bombing The White House, even in jest. Also, I'm not offended by The F Word, but I thought the idea was to out-class Trump. Still, her heart is in the right place.
SO. It's back to reading my mountain of books--and yes, calling my representatives, because I can do that. It's our civic duty. Even those who voted for Barack Obama sent him petitions about drone strikes and Chelsea Manning. I want to participate in our democracy, not obsess over it. It cannot be my new hobby.
And now for something completely different:
It made me laugh, so here it is.