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A Cowboy’s Faith: Modernization in communication, conversation

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Technology demands are cause for stomping the floor, pounding the desk, maybe even screaming.”

No end to it seemingly from every direction and no clue what much of the modern-rigmarole is all about.

Telephones have become outdated, according to logic of many, family included. Email works for some, yet already “old hat,” too. “Just text me” is becoming common reference to making personal contacts.

Very grudgingly, effort has been made to learn that “messaging” system. It seemed to work with son, grandson, a couple others.

Then corruption approached vulgarity when 15 “texts” of unknown numbers, were on the cell phone.

No idea who they were from or what they were about, no findable-messages.

Worry prevented anything else from being accomplished so just gave up and started calling each of the 10 digits.

After figuring out who some were, with guidance from knowledgeable coworker, names were punched into cell phone for future.

Worse thing about dilemma was an important meeting the night before was missed. But, younger board members got the “text” and attended.

From now on, every “text” received is going to be called unless “message” is clearly stated.

After hearing “it’s on Facebook” many times, also finally gave into that one of several “social media” invitations, too. It was fun at first signing up hundreds of “friends.”

Then, like the previously cited message-system, Facebook created more confusion. Daily, there’ve been Facebook commentaries come up on the email, specifically birthdays and certain groups’ news.

Yet, obviously all of the information was not being received, or found. Finally, after an email informed: “You have 78 Facebook notifications,” more assistance was sought.

That may have been a mistake. There are all kinds of complicated options, more mixed up than ever.

Ready available information source and ease of keeping in touch with others are attributes.

Run of the mill “washed hands” conversation and continuing personal dramas better off without.

Still admire those who get along just fine without any “modernisms.” Again remember that Uncle Elmer upon retirement wouldn’t even have a telephone.

Couldn’t understand it then, but many today really could do without all of these “essential” communication devices, too.

Reminds of Proverbs 15:23: “Congenial conversation, the right word at the right time, what a beautiful pleasure.” And, Second Timothy 3:7: “They are forever inquiring and getting information.”

030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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