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Public Domain

I've been taking a scroll through ebooks that are public domain.I'm so glad I live in this time and place where so much is available to and not yet a crime to, read. And free; costs nothing but time. (And having to explain yourself as to why you didn't get things done).

I remember as a young girl going to the library. And yes as a matter of fact, I did walk. Yes, it was uphill, only on the way home though but that doesn't diminish the size of the hill. Anyway, I remember walking through bamboo and thinking that was the coolest thing. When inside the library, I would listen to Bob Dylan with headphones and that was pretty cool too. Dylan was on record albums for inter library use only and I think I wore those albums out. Librarians would see me coming and know they'd be replacing the needle on the record player before long.

There were no bookstores like today's Barnes & Nobles, etc. Those that were, were local places. To the best of my knowledge there weren't national chains. Maybe I just didn't pay attention. There was after all plenty of times in my life when I didn't have time to read or so I thought. Still as best I can recall it was sometime in the 80s when I saw what I think was the precursor to places like B&N, Books a Million, and others - it was Waldenbooks. Whatever happened there, they had the right idea.

BUT TODAY it is so easy. We've come out of the age of chalk and slate. No excuses though. Say, kids today and that book report - cant say you lost your book - not if you have a smart phone and who besides my mom and dad does not?

And if you know and have direct experience with some of the things in this post, ha. You are as lucky as am I!!!

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Re: World's a changing

Would've been cool (or dangerous) to have had todays technology back then!!! How our lives might have been so very different indeed!

About those walks to the library, must have been a phase I was going through. Surely would not have admitted to it all those years ago. I had an image to maintain. Still, there was, my brief affair with Bob Dylan, before I fell victim to the so hot Andy Gibb, Leif Garret, the young John Travolta, . . . or any one of the 200 guys I had immortalized on my walls. For that, I owe a special thanks to Tiger Beat and Teen Beat magazines. My wall paper is not so colorful these days.

I remember that home phone privacy act! The bathroom was as far away from others as our phone would reach, which was quite a stretch! God forbid, someone actually had to use the bathroom while you were on the phone! Crisis! No call waiting, caller ID. A busy signal, what's that? I still remember your phone number in Williamsburg. I think it was the most dialed number from our house. Yes, rotary dial. Touch tone was the modern technology.

Photos in the mail was the BIGGEST excitement and connection of the day. They were few and far between. Yes, I still have some school pictures form Jr High! I do remember a few letters - what was postage .07 cents?

Skype would have been great, but I probably would have been "on restriction" from Skype...Hell, there for a while I was restricted from sending or receiving notes at home! Notes. I wish I still had some of those. I think I have one or two from Donna M, Michael B and Carlton H. Somewhere. Wow.

So true, the world is so much smaller in perspective. We are a click away. Looking at a US map, here to there seemed worlds away. The miles haven't changed, mile for mile the distance is the same. But it doesn't feel as far as it used to.

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