Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

BORN TOO LATE
Monday, March 4, 2019 by DIANNE BARKER

 

PLEASE WELCOME

DIANNE BARKER

TO

HAVING THE PRIME OF MY LIFE

 

Born a generation too late. Yep. If the Lord had put me here a few years earlier, I wouldn’t be dealing with technology challenges.

Once I attended a writing conference. The faculty included an acclaimed author (first name James), who was a magazine editor and acquisitions editor for a respected publishing house. He added our small group of writers to his email list.

Soon after, I sent an email to my adult son, James, congratulating him on an accomplishment and expressing my unfailing love. A couple days later, a thought jumped out of nowhere.

James…surely I didn’t click the wrong name in my address book.

Surely I did! I couldn’t imagine what James-the-author thought of the intimate note intended for James-my-son! He responded graciously to my apology. I haven’t seen him since.

Technology may be the death of me. I know only enough to be dangerous. Our “smart TV” is a mystery to me. When something goes awry, hubby figures out what to do. If anything happens to him, I’ll have to just listen to the radio.

Life grows more complicated the longer I live.

Being a baby-boomer (and proud of it), I grew up in an age when time passed at a slower pace—or seemed to. Back in the day, we didn’t even lock our doors!

I walked to the neighborhood store without fear of being kidnapped and played in the yard with friends till after dark while our parents sat in lawn chairs and talked under the starlit sky…sweet memories of “good ole days” before laptops and cell phones replaced personal relationships.

My father was fifty-eight when I was born. After the death of his first wife, he married a woman twenty years younger, who gave him a second family. I was their last child. My dad, born in 1888, remembered seeing an automobile for the first time. He heard it before he saw this contraption coming over the hill—without horses pulling it! What would he think of self-driving cars?

During his 102 years, he witnessed the first moon landing and other amazing events and inventions since his first job delivering mail on horseback with his feet frozen in the stirrups in winter.

Change is inevitable and technology is a good thing.

But I still enjoy sitting in the swing under a starlit sky on a lazy, quiet night. Wait! Forgot about the blood moon! Grabbing my cell phone for a photo.

ABOUT DIANE BARKER

Dianne Barker is a conference speaker, radio host, and author of eleven books including the bestselling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life.

A graduate of East Tennessee State University and former writer for a Tennessee newspaper, she hosts a weekly program on the Christian station WHCB Radio www.whcbradio.com.

Dianne serves as secretary and blog coordinator/contributor for Christian Authors Network.

She’s a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and a graduate of Christian Leaders, Authors and Speakers Seminars (CLASS). Visit www.diannebarker.com.

ABOUT I DON’T CHASE THE GARBAGE TRUCK DOWN THE STREET IN MY BATHROBE ANYMORE!

I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! throws a rope to the desperate drowning in disorganization. It gives practical strategies to organize space, time, and family chaos; creative tips to de-clutter; ways to wrestle the thieves Slothfulness and Procrastination and manage finances; tips for personal renovation—purging interior garbage (inferiority, low esteem), and submitting fully to Christ, gateway to balance and abundant living. The author explains organization is essential for productive living, and absolute surrender to Christ is the key to balance, order, and the maximum life. https://www.amazon.com/Chase-Garbage-Street-Bathrobe-Anymore-ebook/dp/B0793P658T

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