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Abe Lincoln's iPad

Updated on July 10, 2012

If you've read any of my other hubs, you'll know that writing and drawing is an important part of my life. Last weekend I spent a couple of hours in a local park with one of my leather journals, just writing or drawing whatever the scenery brought to mind. I noticed that across the park there was a man sitting in the grass next to a tree with an iPad in his lap. I could tell by the way he was moving his fingers that he was typing, and not surfing the web or watching Youtube videos. Of course, I don't know what he was typing, but I like to think he was writing something special, and like me, came out to the park for inspiration in his writing. I thought it was interesting to entertain the idea that we were both in the park to do the same thing, but with two very different methods of record.

For some reason, two presidents came to mind, I'm not sure why. I envisioned it like a TV show with a split screen, where you see two different people doing something at the same time. On the left side (pun intended), president Obama is riding in Air Force One on his way home from an important meeting half way across the world. He is holding an iPad on his lap, and is recording his thoughts on the days events, like a digital journal. On the right side of the screen is president Lincoln, sitting at his desk in his office lit by oil lamps, after a long day of important meetings. He is writing in a leather journal with a quill pen and ink well. He is also recording his thoughts on the days events. Both men are using the most recent writing technology that is available to them at the time.

The cool thing about living in modern times right now, is that unlike Lincoln, I actually have the choice of which writing method I want to use. Sometimes, like when I'm writing Hub articles, I like to use my laptop. Other times, like when I'm sitting in a park, I like to write in one of my handmade leather journals. Both ways of writing have their pros and cons, and both are equally useful. It is amazing how vastly technology can change the way we do things, but yet the purpose behind those actions still remains the same.


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      peachpower 5 years ago from Florida

      I write too. Feverishly. My favorite things to write in are plain old spiral bound notebooks. I imagine most of us here on HubPages write for the sake of it, because we would be lost without our pens on paper... it's an outlet like no other. Your journals are incredibly beautiful. Keep it up.