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 I just returned from a trip to Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Virginia to visit with family. Along the way, I went to Disney World, and was once again impressed with the imagination and creativity of Walt and his colleagues.

Since my last visit, some of the attractions have been updated to appeal to kids and adults in-tune with the latest technology. One such attraction features Figment, a small purple dragon who flits about and sings a song about Imagination.

Years ago, movable painted sets of a balloon, professor, and of course, the irresistible dragon changed mechanically as cars full of people traveled through the colorful ride. Now, video technology has replaced the mechanical sets. I’m still charmed by Figment and his salute to our senses and imagination, but I miss the workmanship and three-dimensionality of the older version. The newer version of the ride feels sterile and less human somehow.

 So what’s the point of this blog? I think technology is wonderful and technological advances necessary, but believe we need to leave room in our machine-driven world for some simpler things that allow our imaginations to make the leap from real to fantastic.

 One of those simpler things are books. Downloadable eBooks and eShorts are convenient and available wherever there’s internet access, but they can never truly replace the smell of a new book and the sound of its spine as it’s opened for the first time. A picture on the screen cannot wholly replace an illustration skillfully printed on paper. And a beloved tome handed down from grandmother to granddaughter whose worn pages reveal tales of fairies, heroes, lost loves, and, yes, even dragons, will always be more magical than a computer screen.

 I cheer for imagination. I cheer for technology. But I also cheer for hardbound and paperback books which fill our bookshelves, bedside tables, and hungry minds with story.

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