The Internet is like a magic wand….enabling us to sit at our computer and at the same time, visit great libraries, world-renowned art galleries, museums and studios. We who live in isolated rural areas are isolated no longer. We can visit university libraries, check out the opinion pages on national and international newspapers, even study for college degrees from far-away universities.
With all the various social networking sites – facebook, twitter, and others – we can discover new people who share our interests or old-friends from years gone by who share some of our personal history.
But I think what I love the most about the Internet is e-mail.
I love being able to write a letter (and believe me, I write letters not tweets) to someone I really care about and then with just a click! of the send button mail it off and know they’ll have it in seconds or minutes.
I love sending cards to friends and relatives. Love sorting through the cards at gratefulness.org for just the right photo and the right sentiment, then adding my greetings, and, click! it’s now in their mailbox.
And I love getting e-mail. I love letters that tell me what my friends are thinking. What they’re doing. What they’re planning. Why they’re happy or sad. I love reading their poetry or some poetry they’ve copied for me because they know I’ll love it.
Just like writing letters the old-fashioned way, with pen and ink on paper, the e-mails I exchange hold heart-messages, share humor and connect us in a uniquely intimate way.
The other day I was thinking about the Pony Express. The fastest communication between east and west until the telegraph, the Pony Express delivered letters between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California, from April 1860 through October 1861. Horses and their riders covered about 10 miles an hour, 24/7. Riders picked up fresh horses every 10-15 miles. And handed off the mail to a fresh rider every 75-100 miles.
And they delivered the mail from St. Joseph to Sacramento in about 10 days.
It was a feat of amazing speed!
From the Pony Express to the click! of the e-mail send button. Magic!
Enjoy the wonder!
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