January 29, 2013. I'm reading an interesting book that I picked up at the local library called "The Art of Conversation." It is causing me to rethink the whole idea of blogging and social networking again- not to mention the impact of the media in general. As I've mentioned before, I unplugged and eventually threw away our family television set. I've never regretted that decision. Life is too short to waste away precious hours entertaining myself with mindless banter. Now this book is causing me to take a critical look at other media and how it has impacted genuine communication and relationships. I know my tendency is to start out too extreme on these things, and I've deleted my blog a couple times in the past and shut down my Facebook account more than once. I don't want to throw my computer out the window. I simply can't function in life without it- this is a sad fact. If I had it my way, the rest of my life would be spent reading good books, listening to good music, talking to good friends, teaching kids, making good art, taking long walks, and most importantly, developing my relationships with God and the amazing people he has put in my life. To keep things in perspective, I believe the internet has done some good things. I just now want less of it. It's a tool. But like cell phones, the tool can so easily take the place of real communication and steal what we have so little of- time with one another.