Saturday, October 28, 2006

Educational Technology: To be or not to be

The conundrum behind the true origin of the name Lost Johns is just that, a mystery. But my aunt Celia used to tell me as a young boy that the name of her somewhat famous mercantile business (i.e. old country store) established in the 1920’s in rural Northwest Alabama related to a family that wandered off and got lost from their wagon train.

The truth of the matter she said was that a man and his wife came down with some type of fever and were going to be dismissed by the other parties participating in the wagon train due to their illness along with their young daughter. However, rather than allow their daughter to see them die and then most likely die in the wilderness herself, they decided to go in search for water with the provision if they did not return that some of the others in the party in exchange for their wagon and goods would care for their only daughter. As expected, the Johns, that being their sir name, wandered off and never returned to the wagon train.

Hence, when great aunt Celia and her husband opened their old country store they did so on the spot where supposedly the Johns had left to go in search of water. That being the case uncle Van Buren decided to call their country store Lost Johns. Of course, great aunt Celia said that Buren as she called him was always telling some type of yarn (i.e. lie) as it was his nature. Nevertheless, the old country store became famous and remained open for almost fifty years. Additionally, two skeletons were found in a nearby cave some years latter. Ironically, one skeleton was a female and the other was a male. Yarn or truth, only the Johns know!

Now, I know what your thinking. Why name a blog after some old country store that is all but forgotten. Well, like Lost Johns, technology is currently being developed as such a rapid pace that most of us are all but lost. In lieu of this predicament, I feel that I need to do my part to enlighten parents, teachers, and the average Joe to the best of my ability. Wish me luck!

I'll try not to wander off and get lost. No pun intended!

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Blogger Terri said...

It sounds like your Blog will be a very interesting read. I will keep an eye out for it in the future. Good luck.

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Blogger WBishop said...

Test post to get a feel for blogger...

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Blogger WBishop said...

Thanks terri

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your opening comments and the link between the yarn and technology moving rapidly and losing teachers is rather apt.

Good luck with your blogging and welcome to the blogosphere.


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