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               Friday, November 1 2002 

Jon Kennedy, webmaster Hooked on e-toys

I've receved one reply in response to this week's thoughts about how computers have changed our lives.

I can't let the Jonals of the past two days go by without adding my reflections (aka...two cents worth) on the topic of computers. Three short years ago, I was terrified of them...literally. I avoided places of employment if part of the job description was knowing at least something about how to use one...I kid you not. They scared me to death; the thought of having to use one could cause a mild but none the less alarming panic attack.

Fear—fear of the unknown—was hindering my chances for gainful employment and something had to be done. The first computer used in our home was a Compac desktop that was manufactured in 1995, an old work horse that had been replaced by its computer-savvy owner as being too slow, too old, too...whatever the reasons people use to justify the purchase of a new system. That old Compac work horse found its way into my living room...and changed my life! "Just try it..if you like it, then maybe you'll get one of your own"...the owner said.

LIKE IT!...from the first click of the mouse...this then 56-year-old housewife/nurse was hooked...but good. Wow! Email...sending to all my friends and family! Wow! surfing the web...going here, going there! Wow! Instant messaging! Wow,,I've died and gone to heaven! I thought.

As my computer skills increased, so did my appetite for E-toys. To make a long story short, two weeks ago I purchased my second computer, a sleek, space-age-looking two-toned gray Hewlett-Packard Pavilion that purrs like a kitten. My E-toy box contains: a printer, scanner, and two digital cameras. The capabilities and functions of any one of them boggles my mind, not that I can't learn to use and utilize all they have to offer, but the fact they can DO it amazes me. I'm old enough to remember NOT having a telephone, and today I can sit at my keyboard and send to friends and family via telephone line a picture that was taken five minutes prior.

I find it all to be utterly fantastic!

Judy Rose

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Only in America...

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Are you laughing?

Isn't it funny how the lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene pass freely through cyberspace, but the public discussion of Jesus is suppressed in the school and workplace?

Isn't it funny how someone can be so fired up for Christ on Sunday, but be an invisible Christian the rest of the week?

Isn't it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me than what God thinks of me?

—Sent by "Cowboy Ted" Lewallen

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