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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
June 20, 2013 12:53 p.m.



I have always enjoyed being in people's business.  It makes conversations with my Mom pretty good when I can banter back and forth with her about all the people in her town that have going-ons that she might care about.  I realized three summers ago though that it didn't make me any more happy to know this stuff, in fact, it caused a lot of irritating feelings to arise and my judgementalism came out full-force.  So, I quit!  I quit Facebook and it was amazing.  I had a summer to enjoy myself away from the computer which was taking up so much of my time.

By the end of the summer I realized that it wasn't Facebook that was my problem, it was my lack of self-control, so I got back on, deleted people I didn't really know (who were my "friends") and started again.  The next summer I did the same thing.  However, going back to it almost felt gross, dirty, wrong.  But I did, because I lack self control.

This summer I got off and miss it a little.  However, I am seriously considering staying off of it.  The people I want in my life have my number and can text me or (as I would prefer) call.  I don't need to be connected all the time.  It is a tad ridiculous.  

As I am about to write this post I saw an article from Forbes online from Tim Maurer.  I highly suggest you read it because it is exactly my thoughts, from him!  www.forbes.com

 

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