When she was growing up on a potato ranch in Lillooet Canada (about 150 miles east of Vancouver) in the 1910s and 1920s – letters to her parents’ families in China took a month to deliver by boat.
Today our family is also widely dispersed geographically (she has great-grandchildren living in Boston – Massachusetts and Durban South Africa) but she keeps in touch by email (like any self-respecting techie – she has a Gmail address) and Skype.
She does most of her shopping online – preferring to try clothes on at home rather than in a cramped dressing room.
If she misses the 3pm airing of the PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill (‘I get very annoyed if somebody calls me at that hour’ she said) she watches it online.
She also bowed to necessity and purchased a cellphone about 10 years ago, though she almost never uses it.
‘It’s only for emergencies’ she said of her flip-phone.
(ed:..i am a gwen ifill fanboy..i’ll say it loud and proud..i can’t think of any better at what she does..)