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Facebook – a necessary evil?

The Weekly Writing challenge- Mind the gap is about facebook: boon or scourge?  Here are my thoughts.

Facebook is a new-fangled invention which I resisted for years.

Initially I avoided signing up for it and kept the addresses of my teenage children’s pages on my favourites.  So I followed their travels and knew that they were still in the land of the living even when they did not email or phone me.

It was a fairly satisfactory arrangement for a number of years.

Then I became a grandparent and  I was issued with an ultimatum.

“If you don’t join facebook, you won’t be able to see our photos.”

So, somewhat reluctantly, I joined.

I set my privacy settings right at the private end of the spectrum and ended up with a very small number of friends, who were either friends of my children or parents of their friends.  Much later I asked a few of my own friends to be facebook friends too.  I am still trying to connect with others, but having trouble identifying them when other people have similar names.

When I started blogging, I found that many writers had pages for their blogs.  I already knew musicians had pages for their music.  I had even liked a few.  Would a facebook page help my blogs?  I decided to set one up to find out.  So far it has not taken off.  Next week I hope a post of mine about the advantages of facebook will appear as a guest blog, following on from the A to Z Challenge for April.

I still don’t trust facebook.  There are warnings most days from computer security experts about its dangers.  Partly for this reason my facebook profile is only 30% complete and I do not use publicise on WordPress, preferring to select occasional posts as links and upload them manually.

Y is for…

Yes!

Youngsters yell, “Yellow!” on sports day.

Yesterday youths yodelled.

Yeast is necessary in a bakery and a brewery.

You may have a yen for yoghurt or yearn for it.

Yugoslavia is now many younger countries.

Y yields to ie in plurals.

When I was young I made up a name for the Sugar Puffs bear.  It was “Yarryvoo”.  The judges did not choose it for the bear, but I was a runner up and received a prize.

Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space.

A yeti usually yomps.

A yard may be tens of yards wide.

Yams and yuccas yield fruit.

Yo-yos are toys.

Yachtsmen yaw and yawn.

Jerusalem is often pronounced as if it began with Y.  Many important events in the Bible took place there.

YAHWEH or Jehovah is one of the names of God.

Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?”  Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.”  Matthew 16:15-16

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U is for…

Umpteen unknown uncles understand understatement.

An umpire rules an upstart’s serve out.

Under unchanging undulating mountains uncounted multitudes unite.

Uniform usurps other outfits.

Ukuleles, lutes and guitars would be useless without gut (nylon or metal) strings.

Euphoria, Europe and the euro ought not to undermine the urge to uurite. (Double U!)

Do ulterior unplanned universal undertakings usually usher in upswings?

Urticaria is uncomfortable.

Urdu is understood by huge numbers.

Urchins and mussels are underwater at high tide.

Unwell undergraduates underachieve at university.

Utopia is unreal.

In the year that King Uzziah died Isaiah had a vision.  Isaiah 6