I had gathered approximately 225 “friends” onto my FACEBOOK account. Old friends, new friends, relatives, acquaintances, and ex-students. It could have been three times as much, but I tried to keep the list culled down. This provided a forum to keep in touch with accomplishments, family events, travel, professional events etc. Instead I would open FACEBOOK and cringe and even get angry. Not a great way to start the day with my wake-up coffee begging for a little serenity.
It was tough to disable FACEBOOK. This became a surprisingly difficult decision, but absolutely the right one for me. I started playing around with INSTAGRAM and gravitated immediately to the idea of a focus on images. The images I see every day come from artists around the world, museums, galleries, residencies, ex-students, and friends, and interesting travel locations. All cheery wake-up, INSTAGRAM has become my main source for posting personal gallery/museum shows or major events. I have even made some interesting new international acquaintances. I check in a couple times a day and am always intrigued by new posts and info. Not a whole lot of negativity. Works for me.