The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America



March 28, 2008

'Don't Push Send'

Much of the work of singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer explores the human and spiritual condition, revealing sensibilities of her Quaker faith. That’s part of what makes her popular in the contemporary Christian music genre, as well as with traditional folk enthusiasts. And it’s why our office received her 2008 album, The Geography of Light. It’s folk, blues, jazz. It’s soul-searching...especially the first track, “There Is a Tree,” And he last track is just plain funny...and true, so true.

It made me smile last night as I drove home through yet another slushy spring snowstorm. “Don’t Push Send,” Newcomer warns in an earthy voice that explores many of the “perils of instant gratification” that can ensue when you e-mail — impulsively, in the heat of emotion, or in auto mode, in the absence of attention to just what name is in the “To” line. She sings through a series of unfortunate situations in which people realize just a moment too late that “there’s things you can never quite amend” after you push send on an e-mail.

What fun, I thought, on this weekend leading up to April Fool’s Day to offer a little on-line opportunity for our blog readers to offer up remembrances of times when then pushed send...and wished they hadn’t.

So this morning I went to Newcomer’s web site, only to see that she already has a little conversation going on the subject. Check it out... Or you might want to confess right here.




Posted at 12:37 pm (U.S. Eastern) 3/31/2008

We are recipients of MANY "Forward to" e-mails. At first I felt unfriendly because I didn't want them. Occasionally I read them, but rarely are they something of interest to me. I do not and will not send anything to anyone without cleaning up all of the forwarding names and addresses. I mean, who sends out their whole Christmas card list with every card they send to a friend? It's really a breech of privacy. On several listservs it's very easy just to respond to someone's message, and it is encouraged, but listservs are not all the same. Some send your response to the entire list, and that can cause embarrassment. Yes, I've done that more than once. SO, I think twice now, which is always a good rule of thumb, and one which I often ignore!


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