“Facebook is evil.” I was having lunch with a colleague not long ago and was somewhat shocked when she made that judgemental statement.
I know are many good reasons NOT to spend time on Facebook but……………. I like spending time on Facebook for many good reasons too.
Last week I spent an evening helping my seventy-nine year old aunt upload photos to her Facebook page. She was excited to share images from the three trips she made this past year with her friends and family. I had a nice evening visiting with her and she made me a great supper. Thank you Facebook.
Last week my niece Hannah who lives in Ontario sent me a message via Facebook. She was desperate for some new books to read. Did I have any recommendations? I sent Hannah a list of books I had enjoyed in the last year or so and she told me she was going to start at the top of the list and read her way down. I look forward to talking to her about the books she’s reading and compare notes. Thank you Facebook.
Lake Winnipeg-photo by Al Loeppky
My cousin Al has a house on Lake Winnipeg and he is always posting these absolutely gorgeous photos of the lake and surrounding area on Facebook. They make me appreciate the created world. Thank you Facebook.
The head of my school programs department at the Winnipeg Art Gallery has started a Facebook page where all the guides share ideas and information about our tours with each other. It is very helpful! Thank you Facebook.
My cousin Dirk and his partner just moved back to Taiwan and his Facebook posts are keeping me up to date on his life there. I miss my cousins and it is nice to see glimpses of their life in Asia.
My aunt Vi is celebrating her 95th birthday at the beginning of December. I am flying to Saskatoon to host a party for her. I used Facebook messenger to announce the party to all my cousins and invite them to attend. Thank you Facebook.
At a farewell lunch some of our students hosted for us before we left Hong Kong.
We lived and worked in Hong Kong for six years and via Facebook I am able to keep up with the activities, careers and families of my Hong Kong highschool students and colleagues. I learn about marriages, births and new jobs. Then when we travel to places where our former colleagues and students live and get together with them I have lots of topics for conversation because I have been following their lives on Facebook. Thank you Facebook.
This week I used Facebook to give my niece Stephanie some help with buying a Christmas gift for her daughter.
I used Facebook to publicize a book club I am leading at the art gallery.
I used Facebook to bid on some items being auctioned as a fundraiser for the Manitoba Writers Guild
I used Facebook to provide links to the blog posts I wrote.
I used Facebook to brag a little about an award won by my son’s music group.
Thank you Facebook.
I know there is talk that Facebook was partially responsible for electing Donald Trump President of the United States and I may never forgive them for that, but I do like Facebook. I can’t help it.
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