October Kitchen B2C February 2018

Be Social Media Savvy and Stay Connected

kidney stone, feel free to cut ties. That might entail unfollowing (you remain friends but no longer see their posts in your feed), unfriending, or blocking a person entirely. There’s no reason to keep in touch with someone whose very profile picture makes you angry. Check a Source Before Sharing Just because something is online, that doesn’t make it true. It’s just as easy for someone to post a lie about a celebrity or politician as it is for Judy to post about her dog. If you read a news story that gets a rise out of you, double check the facts before you hit share. Googling the article’s claims and main points will bring up similar articles — if those claims are true. This will help you determine if it’s breaking news or a big hoax. Just 10 years ago, snail mail and expensive long-distance calls were the only way to keep in touch with the people we couldn’t see every day. Thanks to social media, we can stay connected to our loved ones around the world. Now that’s something that deserves a like.

It’s time to break the bad news to your grandkids: Social media isn’t just for them. A study from the Pew Research Center found that 47 percent of baby boomers are using social media. Facebook in particular proves to be an excellent resource for adults moving through the later stages of life. This social media platform helps keep you in touch with friends, family members who live far away and workplace acquaintances who you don’t see during retirement. Social media can help you gather the people you want to keep in contact with in one centralized location. Here are a few things to remember for keeping your digital friendships enjoyable. Social Media Isn’t a Diary No one wants to see a feed clogged with posts from the same person. Your friends might like reading about exciting vacations or days with the grandkids, but they don’t need updates about your wait in line at the grocery store. Sharing TMI (too much information) will put you on the fast track to losing friends. It’s Okay to Hit Unfriend Likewise, if you find yourself sick of Judy’s moment-by-moment updates of her dog’s


There’s nothing like a love story to warm your heart. This Valentine’s Day, share the warmth with these true stories of love and hope. Love in the First Degree In December 2017, Irish journalist Sarah-Jane Murphy tweeted about the most heartwarming reason to be excused from jury duty ever: true love. According to Murphy, during the jury selection process, a gentleman told the judge he could not serve because he would be away for the weekend. When the judge told the man jury didn’t sit on weekends, the man said, “I’m away until Monday. I’m 54, a bachelor and it’s my first time in love.” Murphy and the man were both surprised when the judge replied, “Then you go, and you go with my blessing!” A Four-Letter Word Not all love stories are about romantic love. Spencer Sleyon, a 22-year-old aspiring rapper from Harlem and 81-year-old Rosalind “Roz” Guttman, a senior resident at a retirement community in Florida, met when the crossword app Words With Friends randomly paired the two as opponents.

Over the course of more than 320 games, they exchanged compliments, challenges and general conversation, forming a close friendship. At the encouragement of his pastor, Sleyon bought a plane ticket to visit Guttman down in Florida. Despite their skill with words, when the two friends met for the first time, both Sleyon and Guttman were speechless. Hope After War Boris and Anna Kozlov were married in 1946. Three days later, Boris was called away to serve in Russia’s Red Army. In his absence, Anna and her Sixty years passed and they never knew if the other was dead or alive. Eventually, Anna decided to visit the house she’d lived in with Boris. On that same day, Boris returned to the village to place flowers on his parents’ graves. When the couple spotted one another across the street, they recognize each other right away. But then, you never forget the true love of your life. We can all be a little cynical at times, but when you hear stories like these, it’s hard not to believe in crazy ideas like true love, soul mates and happily ever after. family would be declared enemies of Stalin’s cruel regime and exiled to Siberia. When Boris returned, his home was empty.

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