Friday, October 22, 2010

Modern love

As a beneficiary of this wild technological age
we live in, and also a person with a lit degree,
I frequently wonder where this ride is taking
us.  We know so much about past generations
because we have their books, letters and journals.
Today I was mentioning that my family has hardly
printed a photo since we switched to digital
cameras.  Letters are all on email.  How will
the next generation know who we are?
Happy News
Skype drawing
Black marker on bond
8 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
The drawing tonight is of my sweet Steven. 
I am thinking about love tonight, because we went
out to dinner with friends and had a wonderful time.
Now when people talk in restaurants and can't
remember a fact, out come the Blackberries, and
iPhones, and the fact is either confirmed or disputed.
I am certainly a fan of that immediacy -- it lets me
hear from and get in touch with you instantly almost
wherever you are in the world.

From time to time though I think it would be good to rewind,
to look up facts in books -- things of beauty in their
own right, and to send and receive love letters.  Our
current pace makes sitting down and writing someone
a tall order, but what a treat to get a loving, thoughtful
letter in the mail.  And despite the ease of carrying
thousands of books on a small device, there is nothing
like the heft and feel of a real book.  Okay that's
my next assignment.  I'm going to go and write a
letter on paper and pop it in the mail, then I'll come
back and sink into a real book.

Have a writing-a-great-letter-and-sending-it day.


geraldo roberto da silva said...

Nice work!

Karen Bruson said...

Yes, this is the world in which we live today. Nice drawing.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Geraldo,

Thanks so much.

Take care,


Barbara Muir said...

Hi Karen,

Great new painting you've done. Good to have you back,

Thanks so much.


Liza Hirst said...

Great drawing, Barbara! I can see Steven listening with sparkling eyes - wow!
Have just caught up with your latest posts and enjoyed them all thoroughly - you are a wise person. Thank you!
Have a lovely Sunday.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Liza,

Thanks so much. I seem to take forever to get caught up. You are a sweetheart. And an amazing painter too. I hope you are having a lot of fun. And I hope the striking is over so you can get gas for your travels.


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