Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

Prior to March, 2020, the phrase “prayer app” would have made me wretch.

Forever resistant to technology, I was in turn anti-answering machine (a device from prehistoric times), anti-ipod (remember those?), anti-cell phone, and anti-smart phone.  Every so-called advancement seemed to bring us farther away from the face-to-face encounter, serendipity, the tactile, the real.  

Needless to say, Facetime, Skype and WhatsApp were never high on my list, either. Then COVID hit, and almost overnight, and along with much of the rest of the world, I became a huge devotee of Zoom.


4 Replies to “HALLOW: A PRAYER APP(!)”

  1. Thank you for recommending the Hallow app. It looks wonderful! Do you use the Laudate app? That’s another good one.
    I must admit that I tend to be dismissive of things that I assume don’t mesh (for a lack of a better word) with me. For example, I have never seen a Marvel/superhero type of movie. I am always like. “I haven’t seen all of Barbara Stanwyck’s movies yet….how I can I possibly have time for Ironman Part 5?” But maybe I should make time….
    Your writing always makes me think deeply about so many things.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Ha, totally! I know The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, No Man of Her Own, Sorry, Wrong Number, Double Indemnity (of course…). But a Marvel/superhero movie?! What’s that?…So glad you relate. On the other hand, I really have come to like the few simply Hallow features that I use. Will check out Laudate as soon as I finish this month’s Ida Lupino lineup on Criterion. Have you seen “Women’s Prison?” Priceless! “Get the straitjacket…”

  2. Hello Heather, thanks for another great article. I agree with you about technology. I didn’t even have a cell phone or internet in my home until Covid forced me into it. I needed internet to work from home and to know what was happening in the world as I didn’t (and still don’t) have television reception or a computer at home to watch the news. Though I appreciate the convenience of texting and being able to get on the internet at home now, there is something very strange about the way I am drawn to that “evil” phone I never wanted. It keeps calling me away from better things to scroll through Youtube videos or see if anyone has emailed or texted me. Before Covid It was a blessing to be away from that over the weekend and I never missed it at all. The internet and smart phones are definitely addictive. I need to just turn it off and put it in another room when I see that what I thought was going to be a quick check for 10 minutes turned into an hour of mindless scrolling.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly, Susan–thank the Lord I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio (though I watch tons of films)–but the phone in and of itself is way bad enough. Still, it’s really up to us how we use it. So I’m trying to pay a little more attention to that. Bless you!

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