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Communication, a wonderful idea. I’m sure it is not a fad. It encompasses anywhere from ‘HEY YOU’ to NASA’s “We have a problem.” You asked and I shall answer. I do not FaceTime, Twitter or Tweet, never could see the use of it. Just a sea of words desperately looking for a meaning. I use a pen, both ball point and liquid, and an HB pencil. I do cursive, print and illustrations. A varied method of communication…megaphone, land line, paperless, smoke signals and sometimes a cat-o-nine tails. It all depends on the recipient’s receptiveness and neuron/synapse’s abilities, not age or gender. The necessity of learning how to write proceeds style, just as understanding reading proceeds pronunciation, and as thought should proceed speaking. Just because we ask a question does not mean we will get the answer we expected. Aren’t you glad you asked.

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When I enlisted in our United States Air Force writing letters were my lifeline to “news” back home. For my BaBa, Grandmom, who was having eye issues, I bought a cheap cassette player and reported what I ate, how much laundry I did, how I made dinner (but it did not taste good), and how much I loved her. So today I do not own a cell phone nor do I want to. My younger friend has now put his cell phone away when we visit as he says “You are real time – you knock at my door or call me from a house phone. Turn off and tune in to laughter. I am a cute dinosaur and mail out cards and 5 page letters to friends who look forward to my contact in any form. I have the smile and the stamp to share. In my keepsake treasure box are letters from friends who are no longer here in the flesh but touching their pages is special as I realize they made time for me and that touches my heart like it was yesterday.

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I Skype every Wednesday evening with my son and his family including three grandkids. I’m on Twitter with my grandson in college. I’m a Snowbird so I keep in touch with my cold-weather friends by texting. My book club members have a closed group and we converse on a regular basis including submitting my book review. I have a friend in the hospital who I call on days she doesn’t have have dialysis appointments. And I write letters and cards to my grandchildren. I don’t often get returned mail but every now and then I do and I telephone other friends so I do try to keep up communication.

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My granddaughter keeps me in touch with my darling great-granddaughters who live on the East Coast while I am on the West Coast. She does it by FaceTime-ing me a couple of times a week. Often when the girls, ages 7 months, 3 and 5 years, are having supper, they know who I am and we can have lovely dinner table discussions.

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