What I’m….Bemused By: Zoom

My life has become a seemingly never-ending series of Zoom conferences. Large meetings, small meetings, webinars, even cello lessons (!!) …. they are nearly all happening on Zoom now. It’s by turns maddening, funny, irritating, effective, helpful and sometimes even really emotional.

Without your video on, it’s a lot like a conference call. You can be bored, yawn, roll your eyes, even eat a snack if you’re on mute.

Sometimes, people forget their cameras are on and do all of the above on video, which is especially hilarious.

But I’ve found that doing Zoom with everyone’s camera is surprisingly emotional and meaningful. Mostly I’m meeting with people who I genuinely care about and miss seeing in person. The opportunity to see people’s emotions, crazy hair, hear the dog barking in the background, seeing the random kiddo run into the frame – these things are strangely moving and bring a lot of the human connection back into my life.

On Mother’s Day, I got my sister and all our kids on Zoom along with my mom for a Mother’s Dad afternoon in the garden. We walked around our yards showing each other the landscaping and the new flowers, we talked about our days and homeschool and the pets. We cried a little seeing each other’s faces from so far away (my parents live in Hawaii).

So, Zoom. Consider me bemused.

What I’m Reading: I just finished a great novel, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. If you’re looking for a thought-provoking and captivating book to read, this is a good pick. A lot about mothers and daughters, what constitutes a good parent, what makes a family, and what integrity and character really are. Great “escape” COVID read.

Web Tip: With all of the massive changes that SEO has gone through in the past couple years, the best thing that you can do is update your content. Doing this allows you to fix any broken links or images that might need an update.

Quote I’m Pondering:
“may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.”
― E.E. Cummings