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  • I've spent the past two weeks or so avoiding social media. Barely a glance at Cowbird or Facebook. Cowbird, of course, maintained a dignified silence. Facebook shrilly began sending me emails telling me how many messages I had missed in a crude attempt to pull me back. If anything, it turned me off even more.

    But the pull of Cowbird, much more subtle and much more rewarding, is reasserting itself.

    I had found myself on something of a treadmill. Feeling compelled to read and acknowledge an increasingly heavy load of messages and stories to the point that it really wasn't much fun anymore. No reflection, of course, on the content of those messages and stories. Simply a need on my part to pull back.

    I've been spending my time photographing and building new computers for the house. The impending demise of Windows XP gave me an excuse to upgrade and reconfigure the many machines, now a potpourri of Windows7, Windows 8 and Ubuntu Linux running computers. More powerful graphics for the game players, more memory and CPU power for the image processors among us. More secure machines for the internet and home business users among us.

    Fun. I love tinkering and building and this is a perfect outlet for those pleasures.

    I'll slowly start reengaging with my online preoccupations. But this break has taught me to remember that they are just one part of a fully lived life.
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