Facebook, what can I say?

Handmade clay dolls from Chiapas

We all get frustrated with our social media feed and we become overwrought by the opinions we’re subjected to. I have favorite blogs and vlogs I follow, and I subscribe to local community, foodie, painting, music, folklore, travel, writing and women’s FB groups. I think the specific interest groups are the best thing about Facebook. These are my favorites…

Arqueología Mexicana

https://www.facebook.com/groups/69407926609

Here you’ll see photos of ancient sites and art. Also posts about new information relevant to Mexico’s past. I don’t linger on the political content, but I enjoy the many well-informed cultural posts and social justice commentary.

Viajeros musicales románticos del ayer hoy y siempre https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395545203937974   

Just as the name leads anyone to imagine, this group is all about Mexico’s diverse music. I love music and thought I knew a fair bit about the música latina, but until I started regularly checking out this site, I never imagined how many styles of music are listened to in this country. Romantic ballads, haunting indigenous chants, cumbias, banda, danzón, ranchero – so many rhythms and flavors. I also learn about musicians of many periods.

México del Recuerdo (Oficial) 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/133665700314005

Thousands belong to this group, so imagine all the memories, stories, legends and photographs shared every day. I never get through all the posts, but I always learn something interesting or quirky.

Human Kind Acts Of Kindness  https://www.facebook.com/groups/RandomActsOfKindnessMatter   

This is another group with thousands of members. The stories that are posted make me feel happy. They remind me that the world is not populated solely by the criminals, corrupt politicians. Or greedy and mean malcontents that populate the pages of mainstream news sources.

Women Artists & their Art

https://www.facebook.com/groups/123529164349096

Talent, diversity, eccentricity… I could rave on and on at what I see on this site. I have learned to look at my own painting with new eyes because of what I’ve seen here.

But my favorite of all my groups is called,

Old Mexico – All things about Old Mexico     https://www.facebook.com/groups/422220755303188    

The group members post photos and descriptions of the traditions, culture, arts and crafts of Mexico, cuisine, celebrations, everyday customs, Mexican themed decor, clothing and more. I look at this site every day because doing so helps me to focus on Mexicans’ traditional concept of beauty, creativity, and color. Most pieces shown by group members are whimsical and rarely are two of them exactly alike – just like the people who live here.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and scared with all the negative news we are force-fed every day. But these groups help keep me grounded, and they remind me of the respect for tradition, customs, family and friendships that are at the core of the Mexico I know and love.   

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include reading, painting, cooking and travel.

4 thoughts on “Facebook, what can I say?

  1. Hi Joanna – I can’t see where to comment about your blog today so I will write this directly to you. Thanks for this post! I already applied to join the women painter’s group. Utterly intriguing! Thanks again! xoxo Alex

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  2. Thanks for the upbeat essay. We spend so much time complaining about Facebook that we forget the promise it offered to open things up when it started. That dream is still alive and lives in the Facebook world. You just have to find it. Thanks for providing your signposts.

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    1. You are right Steve. There is much I don’t bother with on facebook, like those silly forums… but there is a LOT of valuable information there for the asking. And I have made some good friends through facebook (and blogging, of course)

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