The Earrings of Oz

The Earrings of Oz

I’ve figured out why I’m having such a hard time transitioning from social media posts to website posts. It’s so much more complicated!

shelley Burbank

I’ve figured out why I’m having such a hard time transitioning from social media posts to website posts. It’s so much more complicated!

Facebook/Instagram makes it incredibly easy to pick a photo from my iPhone, upload it to the platform, type in some words, and press publish. My website, on the other hand, does not work so seamlessly. Because I’m sure you don’t want to hear all the nitty-gritty details of my technology travails, I’ll just say that this post is an experiment. I’ll also say that I’m thinking of hiring someone to build me a better website. Meanwhile…

What do you think of the Oz earrings? Aren’t they cute? I adore them, not least because my friend Wendy, a fellow writer and Advanced Copies writing group founder, gifted them to me when she heard about my plans to write about Oz.

Friends are so much better than technology! If only we could have one-to-one conversations with each and every person instead of building a platform, collecting people to “follow” and “follow-back” on socials, writing posts and sharing photos and sending them out into the ether where some will get snagged liked plastic bags floating around the ocean and caught in fishing nets.

I WISH I could just sit with you at a cafe, drink coffees or a bubbly, pink Prosecco, and talk about life for awhile. I did just that with my friend Andrea yesterday after we wandered around Balboa Park for awhile in the sunshine. There’s nothing like sitting across from a dear friend and seeing them smile when you say something even mildly amusing, watching their eyes light up when they tell you about their recent happy news, or even offering a sympathetic grimace when you share a disappointment.

Happy May!


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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Shelley Burbank

    By the way, the text underneath the earring? Janet Evanovich’s TEN BIG ONES. One of my current reads. 🙂

  2. Wendy Farrand

    I am so glad that they are inspiring you to accomplish what will be something amazing! There was a time in my life when everyone knew I was a big Oz fan. I was gifted many Oz items and collectables during that period in my life.
    You are an inspiration to us all!

    1. Shelley Burbank

      That is so cool, Wendy! I can see where it would be easy to collect Oz stuff. I’m going to have to restrain myself, lol.

  3. Debbie Broderick

    The few in-person encounters I’ve had have been outdoors and bare-bones, but fun. We’ve done chocolate gateau with cream and coffee for a morning campfire, and a bag-lunch and a walk in a nature reservation. My COVID reticence has made me think more creatively, though it requires more work and planning, but I’m glad to have found a few (though limited) ways to socialize on person.

    Fun earrings, indeed!

    1. Shelley Burbank

      Debbie, yes! These sounds like uplifting and fun experiences with friends. Socializing outside, we can enjoy human company and the company of other life-forms as well, right? (I know you know.) Being outside is healthy. Fresh air, sunshine, moving our bodies around a bit. Having a picnic in a nature preserve sounds heavenly.Thanks for sharing your experience with us. You’ve reminded me of my plans to figure out more outdoor socializing ways and means. An outdoor fireplace and patio, yes. Maybe a hot tub? Was going to redo the kitchen in the Maine house first, but maybe the priority should be on the outside.

  4. Mary Ann

    I was fortunate to take a trip this last weekend with a friend from my writer’s group. I forgot how wonderful it was to stay up late into the night chatting with a friend! Reminded me of college and catching up at the end of the day with my roommate. And you’re right- we don’t chat face to face as much as we used to. Love the Oz earrings!

    1. Shelley Burbank

      How glorious, Mary Ann! Late night chats about life, writing, books, kids, plans, dreams…anything at all are such an important human experience. Think of how people have always gathered around the fire at night to tell stories, sing songs, and, well, commune with each other at this very deep human level. We need it. Thanks for sharing your experience here. I feel boosted.

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