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home : opinions : columns   May 25, 2016

9/10/2013 9:06:00 AM
Column: Face time

Cynthia Rolando
NT Lifestyle Editor

You know how when things first come out, you think how silly, I don’t need that.
Later, you wonder how did I live without it.
That’s what I thought about Facebook. But I latched on as part of my job and now I really enjoy it (of course not all that new suggested post stuff). The things I enjoy are being able to keep up with people I normally wouldn’t.
Who, you ask?
Mainly, family and friends. A good deal of my family does not live near me. My parents grew up in west central Illinois and that is where most of my cousins live. At a recent family gathering in Warsaw, as my other cousins apparently socialize often, I realized I had not had this experience in my life.
Many of us have reconnected on Facebook. It’s nice.
But as my own nieces and nephews have scattered, they will post what they are doing with pictures as well. I keep up with Miranda in Maryland as she ventures off to college and her brother Jordan a fun 12-year old who doesn’t like math. Steve and Shannon live in South Carolina and always post pictures of their two children so we can watch them grow up. And even if some live nearby, we get to hear about the swimming activities of Ashley, Peyton and Ella.
So it might be something for anyone wanting to keep in touch.
And then there are smart phones. I often feel that mine is smarter than I am. When traveling, it will tell you where to go, you can keep track of things you want to do and great places to eat. Don’t know what’s on the menu? Just ask your phone. They even take pictures. I don’t always bring my laptop along, the phone is there and then there’s always the Kindle.
A Kindle wouldn’t not have been on my list to buy; I’m an Apple person and would have gone with an iPad. But Dan’s work gave employees a Kindle Fire to celebrate its 45th anniversary of the Ottawa site. Nice huh? So this often goes in my purse. There are so many things you can do with these devices. Use the Internet, play games and read books (you can do this on your phone, too, but it’s pretty small).
Remember, too, you can borrow books from your library using any kind of eReader. Me? I like the feel of a “real” book. But if I were going on a long trip, an eReader would be the way to go.
I want to revisit smart phones. Texting is never a good idea while driving, as is anything that takes your eyes off the road. Dan recently had a young woman who was driving in his lane coming straight at him. She didn’t even look up as he had to go off the road to avoid her.
Just this morning, I encountered a driver about my age in a tan Buick LeSabre right by the police station. As I was turning left, he drifted in my turn lane while texting and then almost ran into the lift at First and Joliet streets. That would have been a mess.
I am a little ambivalent of the new law about talking on the phone and needing to use hands-free. Some can manage this, others cannot. I usually answer my phone when I’m driving (if it’s close enough), but if it’s something I have to concentrate for, I pull over. There’s very little for which I am willing to die.
I encourage you to embrace technology. Not only is it fun, it helps to keep your mind alert, even if my daughter won’t let me be her friend — at least on Facebook.

Cynthia Rolando can be reached at (815) 220-6934 or

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