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I do most of my communicating online (don’t fit in much with other gals my age in this conservative area). The little bit of face-2-face communicating I do around here is me only speaking if I’m spoken to first and then responding in 3- or 4-word sentences (“Oh, really?”, “Uh huh”, “I guess”, etc.) because the few gals I talk to and have tried to reach out to in friendship (nothing weird, just “hey want to do lunch sometime?”, “want to come to one of the book club mtgs?”) made it pretty clear they weren’t interested yet want me to listen to them talk *at* me when they feel like it. Wish I’d learned earlier that just because someone seems to be talking at you in a friendly manner doesn’t necessarily (heck, usually) mean they want to be your friend.

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When it comes to communication I definitely use different methods for different people. I use Instagram, MailChimp and e-mail for business. For personal use it’s usually text or FaceTime. I also often send snail mail cards to friends because I just love that extra special personal touch.

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I try to send a group text message, picture, etc.,to my four grown children about once a week with information pertinent to all. This usually develops into further conversation and exchange of info that would generally not get passed around. It helps all to stay connected. We all (but one) live within 15 minutes of each other but everyone is too busy to stop and say hello, except for me. Call me sneaky, but it works. Love my family.

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When I moved three years ago, I dropped my landline and am now totally cellular. I use e-mail less and less for regular types of communication — it’s typically professional communication via email, where attachments (invoices, statements, etc.) are necesssary. Otherwise, it’s text message, Facebook, and Messenger. My mother, too, dropped her landline and uses cell phone and e-mail, primarily, though she has set up a FB account.

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