Bill KirbyOnline news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

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The thing about raising children is to enjoy them while they are still on your side.

-- Sunday school advice

Here's how much things have changed. Last week, I was teaching my high school Sunday school class and brought up how easy it is to find people. I mentioned the Internet and various forms of social media at which young people are so adept.

And then I threw in that old standby -- the phone book. A row of new freshman girls looked at me with puzzled expressions.

"You know what a phone book is?" I asked, thinking I hadn't spoken clearly.

They did not respond, so I continued.

"It's basically a listing of everyone's name and home address in alphabetical order. It allows anyone the chance to both look up your name and ... find out where you live."

They shrieked. Loud. High-pitched.

And in unison -- genuinely startled.

Finally, one said, "They can't do that!"

"Sure they can," I said. "They've been doing it for a hundred years."

They shrieked again. The future looms as a different place for us all.

YOUR TRAVEL MAIL: Jeanette and Max in Martinez found it "Hot, hot, hot!" in Ocean City, Md. Nearby, Lynn Reed and her sisters Sue and Diane spent their annual Sisters Week in Delaware.

Harry Mercer sent a card from Bangladesh that shows what the postcard called "A Bunch Green Mongo." Harry writes that they probably meant to say "a bunch of green mangoes."

Bill Young was having a great time showing his grandson around the Air Force Academy, riding horses and mules and seeing the sights of Colorado Springs. Elizabeth and Mac Copeland are enjoying the beach near Fort Myers, Fla.

The Baston family spent time on the Maine coast. Kerry and William Crockett, of Grovetown, were in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Marylyn and Bruce Reeves enjoyed grandkids Sidera and Parker in Milwaukee.

Vivian sent a hello from the coast of Oregon. Greg Brooks, of Evans, saw a baseball game in Denver at Coors Field. The Sabo family, of Martinez, warmed up in the Hot Springs, of Arkansas.

Old friend Pete Cakanic, of North Augusta, finally stopped at Gettysburg, and also sent a card from Springfield, Ill. G. Czech's friend sent a card from Utah.

And finally, Janice Evans and Betty Frank had a wonderful time in Philadelphia.

TODAY'S JOKE: Seth Benson, of Millen, Ga., shares this one:

A wife asked a husband to describe her. He looked at her, then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K."

"What does that mean?" she asked.

"Well," he said, "It stands for adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, foxy, gorgeous and hot."

"Oh, that's sweet," she said with a big smile, "but what about 'I, J, K?"

"I'm Just Kidding," he answered.

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