Facebook: Deactivated

At midnight, I'm "deactivating" (their term) my Facebook account for Lent. I plan to reactivate it after Easter, but we'll see.

Facebook has definitely been a mixed bag. It is great to keep up with cousins I never see, friends I don't run into so often, old friends from years ago and even my close friends and family. While I initially turned down every invitation to join Facebook, I eventually gave in. Don't recall exactly what tipped the scales, but I've been surprised by how much I enjoy learning and sharing things both deep and shallow with these people. It's good to know when someone's been sick, got a promotion, wrecked their car or has an apartment for rent.

But, as many have complained, Facebook is addictive. I'm not a Constant Updater. Thankfully, nobody's seen fit to curse me with a BlackBerry or iPhone. I definitely spend time on there that could be better spent elsewhere. That minute here, minute there adds up through the day.

So, I'm cutting the tether. Will I be back? Tough to say. In the meantime, though, I look forward to the season of prayer, studying the Word, spending more face time with friends and reviving this nostalgic old thing I call my blog.


Preparedness Series Revisited

A couple years ago, I wrote a number of posts on preparedness. Some are practical, "what to do" posts. Others deal more with the mental aspects of preparedness. I've compiled a list with links below for anyone interested in reading the series without having to hunt through the Archives. Enjoy! And let me know if you have any questions.

Building Tangible Margin: “It Can Happen to Me”

Building Tangible Margin: Thinking Ahead

Building Tangible Margin: Staying Put, Part I

Building Tangible Margin: Staying Put, Part II

Building Tangible Margin: Staying Put, Part III

Preparedness Poll Results

Preparedness Poll Reflections

Building Tangible Margin: “What’s In Your Pocket?”

Who’s Gonna’ Jump Your Car?

Building Tangible Margin: Heading Out

Building Tangible Margin: Outfitting Your Car