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  1. Avatar Kolohe
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    Going to try my recent usual routine, no alcohol, no sweets.

    Also going to fast from Twitter, but Ramadan rules – just stay off it during the day (and sunrise to sunset is good enough this time a year for ‘during the day’)Report

  2. Avatar InMD
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    Facebook is officially uninstalled. I despise it and yet hesitated for a moment before making the tap, which was a sure sign I made the right choice. May it burn in hell.Report

    • Avatar Damon in reply to InMD
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      Indeed.Report

    • Avatar Ozzzy! in reply to InMD
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      It was a positive thing for me, mentally, certainly. If you do not use one, spending a little time putting together an RSS reader (like feedly) which can provide a central hub for blogs and such without the constant call and response chatter of social media is a decent middle ground. I kind of think if it a newspaper where the editors are various people / blogs that I subscribe to.Report

      • Avatar InMD in reply to Ozzzy!
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        I’m pretty good about keeping up with the blogs and news I follow. It’s more that FB (and all social media) makes it much harder for me to love my fellow man, including (especially?) those friends and family for whom it should be easiest.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to InMD
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          Yeah, I have recently gotten back into facebook and the best parts are the friends who are just posting clips of this or that monthly challenge they’re doing. (Hey, 50 pushups a day! He went from 10 5 times to 50 at once! Yeah, buddy!)

          The worst parts are the “I do not believe X and I cannot understand how someone else could possibly believe X!” posts that are about Xes that are, like, exceptionally common.

          We’re not talking about a niche X.

          We’re in “I don’t understand how someone could enjoy 70’s country music” territory.

          Maybe my tastes are just too rarified these days…Report

          • Avatar InMD in reply to Jaybird
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            This is my issue. It’s not even just the politics. It’s the insufferable righteousness and self-absorbed-ness around the most petty stuff imaginable. When it’s causing me to be angry at a friend I’ve known for decades and who I am otherwise genuinely sad I didn’t get to see over the holidays due to covid it is a serious problem. My life is poorer because of it and no amount of hilarious memes can make up the lost ground.Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to InMD
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          I deleted FB a few years ago too… same reasons, really.

          For the friends/family updates, Instagram (still Facebook property) works better… pictures no words.

          Hey… there’s so-and-so’s new baby… how cute… Wow, Aunt M is in Burma? huh.

          As long as you don’t use it for trends or culture… don’t follow any ‘influencers’ then it turns out the things we hate are the words… we hate the words of our fellow man.Report

  3. Avatar Damon
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    Not being religious or culturally religious, I don’t give up stuff for Lent. Hell, I didn’t even know it was happening.

    However, I’ve been to two restaurants in about a year-not including delivery and take out. I’ve given up hanging out with friends at a bar, and no in person gaming. Otherwise, all’s the same. ?Been going to the gym doing jujitsu for 8+ months, not been into the office in over a year….Ought to get my purple belt by EOY.Report

  4. fillyjonk fillyjonk
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    I dunno. I feel like March 13 2020 until now was one long Lent for me – I gave up restaurant meals, I gave up nearly all in-person shopping other than for groceries, I gave up traveling, I gave up seeing most of my friends (and the few I did see, it was from a distance with both of us in a mask).

    I feel like….God, I need this year not to add another thing to give up. Or to take on. Teaching with the added online component (for people who are medically-fragile, or have medically-fragile housemates or childcare issues) has not quite doubled my cognitive load.

    I could give up sweets and I would probably benefit healthwise from that. But I also do badly with a blanket “give it all up” thing (even with the “Sundays don’t count in Lent” rule that a friend told me about a few years ago). Same with “all unnecessary shopping” (have done that a few years and then donated the money I didn’t spend to an anti-poverty charity). Last year I was going to do “no online shopping” but LOL that didn’t work out so well when we all got sent home to stay.

    Also my birthday falls a week after this Saturday and, being 2 weeks out from my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, I actually feel like it might be safe to go out (still masked and distanced) to the JoAnn’s and the bookstore. And maybe pick up a slice of cake from a bakery while I’m out? So I dunno. Maybe this year I take a pass, considering how hard I found 2020?

    I suppose I could ban myself from watching or reading news, but….Report

  5. Avatar Marchmaine
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    I take your point about feeling a little bit ‘stretched too thin’ … I’ll continue a practice I learned from some religious brothers living in community… rather than giving something up – which you still contemplate in it’s glorious goodness – consider a small irritant as more of a constant reminder. For the heroic that might be a hair shirt… for the likes of me it’s making my coffee all wrong… every day… each cup.

    On the positive side, will engage in what my protestant friends might call some light idolatry by praying Lauds from the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary… historically known as just “The Little Office”. It’s a much more simple version of the Divine Office. The FSSP version uses the Douay-Rheims translations of the Psalms … so it feels completely new compared to the old Office (which they’ve updated as of a year or two ago… and that’s worse… ’cause the Psalms/Canticles you memorized are just enough different to make everyone say something different, ruining the smooth chant/word).

    My eldest daughter, now living on her own, has for the past couple of years returned to her ancestral roots by doing the strict Greek Orthodox fast… which in it’s fullness makes Vegans look like libertines.Report

  6. Avatar Pinky
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    I was happy to find out that my local parish is doing Stations of the Cross on Fridays. It’s a very low-contact devotion, sparsely-attended with everyone sitting in pews. So that’ll be part of my Lent. But I’m in the same boat as everyone else: I’ve been giving up so many frivolities that the few I have left are psychological necessities. I have so little variety in my diet that any new restrictions might affect my intake of nutrients. That’s when you reach the point of giving up something and consciously taking up something else nearly identical to replace it, and that hardly feels like a sacrifice. I think my main Lenten activity is going to be some hardcore spiritual reading.Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Pinky
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      Stations are a good practice… spiritual reading has always been tough for me… besides being Devotionally Challenged my other dad joke is that I’m Religious, not Spiritual. I can do Religious Philosophy and Literature, but that’s about it.Report

      • Avatar Pinky in reply to Marchmaine
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        The toughest thing for me is pacing. You can barrel through lives of the saints. A book of devotions, maybe a paragraph per day. I tend to be a completionist, so that can be an eight-month commitment. Theology is interesting in that the same work can be valuable as a binge or a deep read, but in different ways.

        I don’t do enough re-reading. Or, rather, I tend to treat it as a memory exercise, grading myself on how much I remember rather than taking in a work again. I don’t think we’ve ever talked about Chesterton – I assume by your ideology that you’re a fan – but he’s one I’ve probably reread too many times. He’s a bit like Jaybird in that he writes about seven topics obliquely rather than one completely. Any new Chesterton work makes me want to go back and re-glean things from all the other books of his I’ve read.Report

        • Avatar Marchmaine in reply to Pinky
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          That’s a good way to put it… I have the same memory issue when it comes to re-reading. I can re-read Austen, Waugh and yes, Chesterton.

          I’ve read (most?) everything by Chesterton including a sizable chunk of his ILN columns; I prefer him as an essayist rather than an ‘author’… but if we’re honest most of his books are really just strung together essays. His novels strike me as great ideas that he lost interest in mid-way through writing them. But, we should be so lucky as to have such deficiencies of genius.Report

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