Monthly Archives: March 2015

Jesus asks, “Are you Asleep”?

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On Holy Thursday, in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus said to His disciple, “…are you asleep?  Could you not keep watch for one hour?  Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.  The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

Today, I ask you:   are you asleep?  Can you not spend one hour a week watching and praying to Jesus to protect you from tests and trials?  Do you find other things to do even though you feel you should spend some time in thanks, praise and prayers in God’s House? 

Or do you go to church and think of other things while you are there or check out who is attending?   Do you listen to the sermon and apply it to your life?   If you have a church that has communion, do you receive it and quickly walk out the door once you have and not spent some time in the communion of soul with Christ that you just received?

Once you form a relationship with Jesus, you will feel differently about praying and praising Him.   Forming a relationship with Him is easy; simply find a quiet place and talk to Him. In your own words and feelings.   Ask Him to lead you, teach you and give you the gift of Himself.   He will answer you – he answers in different ways.   He may answer you in thought, or feelings, or signs and acts.  You will feel it.

Once your spirit is willing, your flesh will no longer be weak.  You will be stronger in any and all tests that may come your way.   Peace will be yours.   He will guide you and hold your hand.   You will never be alone again.  

We celebrate Easter through His death and resurrection to be the light and inspiration in our lives now and forever. 

If you want to know Christ intimately, pray to the Holy Sprit for Wisdom and Understanding and read the Bible – start with the New Testament and Jesus’ Words.   You will receive a Gift that will save your life.   Forever.  

Marie Coppola.  March 2015

No more tech gifts, please.

Yes, we are retired. Yes, we like to be active. But maybe you think we sit around watching Family Feud and reruns of Gunsmoke and I Love Lucy. Well, maybe we do, sometimes. But we’re busy all the time! Maybe you need to be clued in about retiring. Actually, retirement is really keeping busy with all the things that you didn’t have time to do when you were working AND keeping up with life. We work hard!

I’m way too busy learning how to work the new computer you bought us that updates all the updates that all organizations’ websites have updated. Constantly. I ‘work’ all the time creating and remembering new passwords for everything. They tell us, ‘don’t use the same passwords.’ — yeah,right. ‘Create new pin numbers for every password and change your passwords and pin numbers frequently to avoid fraud or theft identity’ What!? Frequently? It took forever to learn and remember these! They say, ‘Don’t write them down’? Are you crazy? I’d never get in anywhere. I can’t remember what I went into the next room for and you want me to remember 16 personal IDs and pin numbers? And then change them? Frequently? That’s a full-time job.

Kids – please go easy on the tech gifts. Like the digital camera that does everything but talk to you to explain how to work it. The how-to booklet is 2 inches thick and I may as well read the foreign language booklets’ that came with it and learn the same thing. The pictures are helpful. There are functions on the camera that will never be used in my lifetime.

And then there’s the new cell phones you gave us. We never use cell phones except on the road if there is an emergency or we’re late. These new cell phones also have 2 inch instruction booklets. I think you can take pictures with them but wait, didn’t you get us that digital camera? The cell phone was pinging bells a lot and I see there are 53 messages in my ‘inbox’ that I have not read. Then I would have to text back and the miniscule keyboard was not made for cataract-corrected eyes or arthritic fingers. The phone has more applications than my vacuum cleaner has attachments.

 And that is another story – another gift – a vacuum cleaner that hangs up and never runs out of power because you constantly charge the batteries. Never put it aside and make a phone call – it needs that charge constantly. It’s like a part-time job with the vacuum cleaner. I liked my old one that always started with a plug. What happened to plugs? They were so easy.

The kids also bought us a scanner, a digital photo copier, a DVD player, a digital CD player, and a great digital home phone that is still not hooked up. In fact, all these things are not yet hooked up. The warranties are already expired and I’m still ‘working’ on the instruction booklets. Reading all these tiny lettered miniscule instruction books through a magnifying glass and trying to use them – is hard work.  Retirees don’t work? And just when you finally learn and adjust, they change EVERYTHING.

What do you mean this computer doesn’t have Microsoft Word? How is it different from Works? Oh, just read this 100 page booklet. If you want it in English, you have to go to this website and order it. Just put in your credit card info and it’s advisable to change your password and pin afterwards. Oh, okay.

What’s Vista? They took XP away and gave me Vista? I liked XP. It took me a long time to learn XP. Why can’t I keep it? Oh, my email isn’t compatible with XP? – I lost my old emails? and I lost some software packages? – I have to upgrade? How do I do that? Oh, OK, just put the instruction book over there with the other ones.

The kids bought us a GPS. Don’t ask me why – we go to the same places all the time. But we might become senile on Route 501 someday and at least it will talk us home. The ‘box’ even gets a little testy and says ‘recalculating’ when we take what we know is a shorter route and it keeps ‘recalculating’ . Her voice is very bossy – nasal and sassy. I’m waiting for her to put us on hold and give us music or worse, disconnect us and leave us stranded.

The dictionaries need to come up with a new definition for ‘retirement’. It’s changed from sitting in rocking chairs on the front porch in seclusion and withdrawal. The retirement people we see are in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and still active in church, community, and social events. Check out the exercise places – lots of white hair. Retirement has everything!

My new proposed definition for retirement: A time to relax, replay, retouch, restart, revamp, retrieve, repose, replenish, reclaim and rejoice. And recycle — tech gifts.
© Marie Coppola  March 2015

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

 

Picture?   What picture?  If you are referring to photographs, I wonder if you’ve received any pictures of babies, nieces, nephews or grandkids lately.  Or did you get an email with attachments that you leave on your computer or cell phone?   When you have a lunch date or attend a party, do people show you pictures in their wallets or flash their cell phone to slide over the pictures?  Or do you hear things like this – especially from the grandparents who may not be resident ‘digital natives’ from the Z Generation?

  • This is my grandsom when he was 10 – his parents haven’t sent any recent photos.
  • Her wedding album was online – no, we didn’t get any photos.  And I was in the wedding.
  • There’s lots of pictures of the kids on Facebook.   But we don’t do Facebook.
  • We bought a bunch of photo albums on sale but we don’t have any pictures.
  • No, I didn’t see her cell phone pictures – we don’t have that feature on our cell phone.
  • I never learned how to download or open pictures or send them on the cell phone.
  • Once I learn how to do it, it will become obsolete and will have to learn all over again.

In 2012, USA Today sponsored an online contest for readers to choose the name of the next generation after the Millenniums and it was suggested that some might call them Generation Z” rather “off-putting” and a name that is “still in-the-running.   Some alternate names were proposed including: iGeneration, Gen Tech, Gen Wii, Net Gen, Digital Natives, Gen Next, Post Gen, and Plurals. 

Wikipedia also offers:  “Most of the traits that will define this generation have yet to emerge. However, many are highly connected, having had lifelong use of communication and media technology like the World Wide Web, instant messaging, text messaging MP3 players, mobile phones and tablets,  earned them the nickname “digital native.”.    Pew Research tells us the percentage of cell phone owners who use their devices to access the Internet has more than doubled since 2009, and ‘82% of  cell phone users take pictures with their cell phones over cameras’.  (And that was 7 years ago)!   Since then, we now have Instagram and Cloud Storage.

Our family has many photos from the early 1900s through the late 1900s.  They are wonderful memories and eventually passed down to the kids.  Some of them are on our walls and mantels, giving us ever-changing look-a-likes of the people or scenes within them.   Sometimes they look like different family members over time, they remind us of the time and place they were taken.   Sometimes we notice things we missed the first time we saw them.

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Photographs are priceless.   Some people put them in safes or vaults for protection against fires – that’s how much they are valued.  Sadly, they are decreasing quickly.  How do we protect photographs on CDs or DVDs which eventually may become obsolete like much technology ends up or access them from a broken computer or disabled cell phone?

Today’s digital natives are into selfies and photobombing.     Not my photo album kind of memories.

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Marie Coppola Revised October 2016