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Denise Hughes is the new activities coordinator at the Payson Senior Center.

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Senior Center welcomes new activities coordinator

Communication — that’s what life is all about, isn’t it? I have a new telephone and am still learning how to use it. It is not one of the smart phones that do everything except tell you which direction the wind is blowing (and they probably can do that also), but it has more features than I’ll ever need. I remember back in the dark ages, when I was a child, and we had our first telephone installed. What a miracle it was to be able to talk to someone miles away! In those days there were party lines, which meant that nosey people on the same line could listen in on your conversations. You had a certain ring, which told you when a call was for you — I still remember that ours was two long, and one short ring. Recently we were at a family gathering where everyone was conversing, snacking and watching a football game. Of the three young people present, in addition to the above activities, one was text messaging, one was researching the history of television and one was taking pictures, all on instruments smaller than a remote control, which hold more technology than did the instruments used to send the first human into space. What a changing world we live in!

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