By Ray Knapp

Facebook would be a time consuming waste of time if it wasn’t for the humor and tidbits of wisdom that you occasionally find. Once you post something it becomes part of public domain – so be careful what you post, or it may be shared with the world, which I have done without giving credit to the author of those words of wit, except for a few exceptions. If you recognize something you’ve posted, you can tell your friends, “Hey, I posted that!” – And I thank you for it. Your posts gave me a smile or something to ruminate over and glean some new knowledge and insight.

The following are some examples of what I’m talking about:

“A man trying to get out of jury duty approached the bench. “Your Honor,” he said,” I must be excused from this trial because I am prejudiced against the defendant. I took one look at the man in the blue suit with those beady eyes and that dishonest face and I said ‘He’s a crook! He’s guilty, guilty, guilty’ so your Honor, I could not possibly stay on this jury!” With a tired annoyance the judge replied, “Get back in the jury box. That man is his lawyer!”

To prove that people will argue over anything, my daughter-in-law, Michelle, posted a picture of a stick. About 40 replies proved her point. Some of the answers: “No, it’s a branch; it’s a liberal. True? ; Well, it’s certainly leaning to the left;  Be sensitive that is a foliage challenged tree; That’s a club. It’s a weapon! You should be ashamed of posting pictures of weapons of mass clubbing; Whatever it is, it’s naked and that offends me.”

Then, there are always definitions for words we use every day that may confuse foreigners from Atlanta, New York and other sophisticated places: “HILLBILLY WORD FOR TODAY: ‘’ALL’’ Reckon I need to git muh car to the shop for an “ALL” change.

People are always trying to sneak in their own personal advertisements, or sell something on Facebook.  A case in point: “For Sale one pair of slightly burnt hiking boots…set too close to campfire the heels are optional cause they’re burnt off will take that into consideration. …Thank You.”

Also, some people like to let others know what people from this region are like. This post from Jackie Cooper– and I think it came from her heart, tells it like it is: “My door is always open, the kettle is always on, my sofa is always warm and a place of peace and non judgmental, any of my friends who need to chat are welcome anytime. It’s no good suffering in silence. I have chocolate in the cupboard, tea & coffee in the jars and I will always be here. …You are never – not welcome!”

My daughter, Cindy Lou, searching for the meaning of life came up with this statement/question: “Life is a miracle and a total disaster all at the same time; right?”

Maybe she answered her own question by posting: “Bitterness can be all around you, bitterness can be coming at you, but bitterness does not have to be within you. Don’t let other people’s bitterness affect your attitude or dim your light for Christ. Keep a positive attitude in all things.”

And here’s something Garland James posted that I like because I’m always saying it to my wife: “Before you give an answer, listen to the question.”

Back to Michelle’s point that people will argue over anything, I posed the following statement/question on one of my posts: “Had and interesting discussion about Scrooge at Bible Study tonight. In Dickens book, Scrooge
goes to church and has a change of heart – in none of the movies dating back to 1932, this scene was not shown. What’s your take on this?”

There were enough comments about that to have used it for one of my columns. I wonder how many replies I would receive if I were to post: “Our new president is a typical Republican; what’s your take on this?”