I live far away from most, if not all, of my relatives (immediate or otherwise). This isn’t by choice, however; I’d much rather be physically closer to family – any kind of family at any level. I’m reminded of this feeling when I do have time to come “home.” Of course, my dad loves guilting me into changing my mind and geographical position. The problem is: I’m still exploring myself and the world with Ponzi. We’re ready to settle down, but we’re not quite ready to start a family of our own. Family is important to me, truly – although I may not express that every day, and I certainly can’t see them as often as I could (or should). The Internet makes it easier to stay in touch with friends and loved ones, certainly – but I’m about the only one in the family who eats, sleeps, and breathes online. Certainly, our household is the only one with broadband installed, making it somewhat difficult to spread the family news digitally – with video and whatnot. We all lead separate lives, and we’re all busy with different projects, hobbies, and jobs. I guess I’ve counted on my best friends and family members to keep up with my goings-on through these very writings. Seems that works for some of ’em (including my brother’s new mother-in-law). How do you use the Internet to stay in touch with others?

We returned to Iowa this time for my grandmother’s funeral (more on that after I’ve had time to collect my thoughts). We’ll be back again in a couple of weeks for my mother’s birthday and Easter. Then, we’re off to North Carolina to visit with Ponzi’s family. This has been a very “family friendly” month! It’s easy to hop aboard a plane and jet across the country, but it’s certainly not always practical. I’ve had to rely on Lockergnome, digital photos, and other assorted electronic means to stay in touch with those who are closest to me – but I have to reverse my perspective if I intend for my less-connected relations to remain up-to-date. I publish, but I should do more “pushing.” Just about every one of my relatives and friends has an email address, but I need to get in the habit of blasting out a monthly bulletin to everyone – so the communications wouldn’t be too frequent or too sparse. I wish I could afford to give everyone one of those digital picture frames – or buy broadband for those in my immediate family. Sure would make it easier to do from a distance. My dad will be happy when he reads that family is just as important to me (though I think he would disagree with the way I choose to live). I’ve gotta start using the Internet to share more with those in my personal circle…

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