Today I participated in a mini-writing marathon. A group of fellow writers met at the Whistle Stop Custard Shop in the heart of Ferguson, Missouri. We timed it just right because a telegraph club was there and a gentleman was demonstrating how the telegraph machine worked. The demonstration had an ironic twist. In setting up the delivery of the message, the man was using his laptap. It was as if the old and new were collaborating. To add another twist, hanging on the wall was a picture of a pony express rider. No matter the time period, finding ways to communicate has always and continues to be a common need for mankind.
There was a young boy who was asking questions and taking pictures with his flip camera. While he was asking questions, off to the side was an older gentleman who had actually operated the telegraph many, many years ago. He was so interesting and you could tell he was happy to share his memories. This experience reinforces what I have always known: there is much value in blending the old with the new. Some schools of thought would like to get rid of the old completely. I say we need a blend of both. How about you?