Every day I take up the links to the past that show the links to the future: a mouse, a pencil, a newspaper.
I use a wireless, battery operated digital mouse. It's on the way out and will someday seem like a wringer washer or princess telephone. People will gaze on it with bemused wonder at what our life must have been like.
The mouse was cutting edge optical wireless technology when I bought it a few years ago. Peripherial equipment like it is going away, no longer required as we move more toward more compact units and touchscreen and virtual technologies. Even they are on the way out as we shift to becoming directly connected to computers - you know, cut out the middle man.
Likewise, the pencil holds links and clues of the past and future. It's school bus yellow just as in my youth. Six sides. Black number two imprinted on it. Other than that it says 'Jot' and 'China'. I sharpened it with a pencil sharpener, a simple single edge bladed screwed into a piece of plastic at an angle. The pencil and sharpener enable me the chance to do the Word Jumble and Sudoku in our daily paper.
Otherwise, the paper requires less time than a splash of water. Like the US Post Office, printed newspapers seem to be fading. Our daily newspaper is two sections, A and B. A has four pages. B featues six.
Local news usually leads on the front cover. Today's headline story is about a 65 year old local woman, Kathy Roselli. A relatively new new film maker, the story details how she came to make films after retiring from her career. She had been a pediatric physical therapist. One young patient, Isabelle, suffered from Rett Syndrome and could not speak. One day Kathy asked Isabelle if she should make a movie about Isabelle. http://www.dailytidings.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130313/NEWS02/3...
Nation&World News are from other newspapers and wire services. Most were previously published on the Internet. Opinion pieces and Editorials follow the same route.
Sports. Movies. Police blotter. Weather. Advertisements. It's all there in the local daily and it's all going away.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com