Granny in the Information Age


Yesterday while chatting with my six year old granddaughter, answering questions about the nearby West Mims fire and how the various animals would be cared for if and when an evacuation of our home was required. Then she asked when I, and the critters  and Grandpa, were going to live in her backyard in a camper.  I replied that depended on the the fire activity and vagaries of wind and weather.

So this precocious little girl asked me what the fire was doing right then, May ten.  Having spent the day away from the computer and away from home and away from the fire area I couldn’t tell her.

That is when my age showed.

My six year old Granddaughter looked at my phone, what I call a telephone, but is really a mini-commputer, and said “Don’t you have Google?”  I replied I sort of did,  but that a box kept appearing telling me I had to do some rigamarole and download applications and buy things and so I didn’t use it. 

As I was telling her this, she reached across, mashed some icons on the touchscreen, to fast for me to see while I was watching her lovely face, then looked at me and said “There you go.”

Ha!  I started to say, “See  what I mean … ”  BUT there was an available search page for Google.  I had been struggling with this for months.  In less than two seconds she solved that problem.

I did the search, and found the information available, at that time, about the fire.  I did know where to look, but not how to use my device. 

This same child figured out how to advance through the photo library in my first digital camera when she was three.  I had no idea how to do it.  I was afraid I would delete what was not saved elsewhere.  She had no such ego fears.

This is a different world from the one in which I grew up.

Agawela May 11, 2017

Նրանք վերցրել եմ սիրում


Նրանք վերցրել եմ սիրում — Lévon Minassian

They Have Taken The One I  Love

Amen Hayr Sourp


Lévon Minassian – Armand Amar – Amen Hayr Sourp – Ամեն Հայր Սուրբ – Songs From A World Apart – Photos by Steve McCurry



Pour tous mes amis qui vivent en France, et à ceux que je ne sais pas qui vivent en France, et ceux qui étaient en visite en France; Je suis tellement désolé cet événement terrible est arrivé. Je ne comprends pas comment on pourrait porter notre acte tel et. Il est tout simplement fou. Trop fou.

Je suis heureux que la folle homme a été tué, mais je souhaite aussi que la façon dont il est venu à ce sujet qu’il ferait un tel acte est découvert pour que les crimes de plus en similaires ne seront pas commises.

S’il vous plaît, si vous étiez partout près de ce terrible événement, annoncer en quelque sorte que vous êtes bien. Je l’ai cherché une liste «check-in» sans succès.

Que Dieu nous bénisse tous.


Toxic Grin

The rivers are dead
And sky has turned red
Hungry ghosts howl and
Are begging to be fed
Cherubim suckle on
Zinc white painted lead
All has become as the
Henna haired seer said
There is no pillow
To rest your foolish head
You must share the
The poisoned dreams
Slumbering in the
Animas river-bed
And when all waters
Have withered and dried
You will find that
Your ancestors came this
Way before they died
Bear… 08.11.2015


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