The Maynard Gang

Storytelling has become a lost art. In the Age of Information and Technology we receive our instruction more by the manipulation of our thumbs than by attention given to an actual human being talking to us. The speed and convenience of the acquisition of information greatly expedites our ability to communicate and accomplish in all of our endeavors. Our technological progress is not an entirely undiluted blessing.

Much has been lost in personal interaction and cultural continuity. We do not know each other as well as we did when people actually talked to one another. Family members have different schedules and often divergent interests.

In my youth, storytelling was not only entertainment in the years preceding television and computers but played a major role in the transmission of family history and tradition. Similarly, our traditional Randolph County culture was advanced through the generations. Both family history and tradition and rollicking good humor were emphasized in the stories that I heard.

My father, Quimby Seawel, had no middle name. He was told that Quimby was a name to be continued through the generations of the family.

 

 

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