Saturday, August 28, 2010

My Sister is Staying Ahead of the Wave

My sister had a birthday yesterday and this morning, while reading Twitter updates, I found one from her saying "The wave, the wave, the wave. I got the wave for my birthday." I followed her tiny url and found David Wight Glass Art,, and indeed, this glass maker creates glass waves. The size of paper weights or, in Kate's case, almost a foot tall. Lovely. What a perfect gift. Someone was thinking and got it just right.

OMG, the bits and pieces that I pick up about my family on Twitter and Facebook. We sure do pick up information about our loved ones in different ways than we did just several years ago. Just read an article from last Sunday's NYT Week In Review telling us that college freshman don't wear watches any more. They use their phones as timepieces. They seldom use email either, preferring social networks or instant-messaging or cellphone text messages, "to which their friends are more likely to reply quickly,"says the NYT.

Americans in general are talking less even on their cell phones. I know that my daughter Caroline rarely speaks on any phone, yet uses it moment to moment for all kinds of tasks, most of which connect her with other human beings. The NYT op-ed piece goes on to say that 'an unscheduled call from people other than family members,is often regarded as a rude intrusion.

Furthermore, "broad swaths of the blogosphere lie fallow, abandoned...a sign of adaptive behavior. Much of the communication on personal blogs, where people wrote and posted pictures of themselves, their children and their pets, was about 'sociability' and has shifted to networks like Facebook," say John Kelly, lead scientitst at Morningside Analytics,"...but professional blogs, meant for public consumption, and focused on subjects like politics, economics and news, are thriving."

My sister Kate and I have talked with one another a lot more our blogs, what they mean, why we write them and where they're taking us. Ours are both write 'personal blogs' and I suspect it's simply good practice for writing the books in our heads that will be read on Kindle and or some future, evermore innovative screen. My sister and I are writers and documenters and she's a poet too. Kate is attempting with each post to stay 'Ahead of the Wave.' Something other than two blogs will come of all this writing that we do. It may or may not be between two hard bound covers.

My sister Kate and I have talked with one another a lot more our blogs, what they mean, why we write them and where they're taking us. Ours are both 'personal blogs' and I suspect it's simply good practice for writing the books in our heads that will be read someday on Kindle and or on some future, evermore innovative screen. My sister and I are writers and documenters (and she's a poet too). Kate attempts with each post to stay 'Ahead of the Wave.' Something other than two blogs will come of all this writing that we do. It may or may not be between two hard bound covers.

As for this thing about the very young not wearing watches. I suspect that soon our phones will become so miniaturized that they may be on our wrists and we simply speak into them. No more two handed texting. We'll be a bit like Dick Tracy. Who, they'll ask, is Dick Tracy. We will nod knowingly.


1 comment:

Sharon said...

I hope you are serious about writing a book. You and Kate are in a position that many find themselves in: between elderly parents and vital grown children with their own children. There is no handbook since ours is the first generation to be in this position.