They say necessity is the mother of invention. I think it is also true that motivation is the father of learning. OK, so that is less artfully put, but I have proof to back up my point.

They say necessity is the mother of invention. I think it is also true that motivation is the father of learning. OK, so that is less artfully put, but I have proof to back up my point.


For years I have owned a certain brand of cell phone, and for years it has had a camera. I could take a basic picture with it but kept saying to myself, "Someday I am going to take the time to fiddle with this and figure out how to really use it."


Then I found myself with some time to kill while waiting on a certain rock star to appear at a concert. And I noticed a guy on the stage who appeared to be the same general size as said rock star. If only I had a zoom lens so I could see if it were really that guy. Wonder if I could get the camera phone to allow me to see?


After a few minutes of playing, I figured out how to get it to zoom in enough to answer my question. A while later I had figured out how to get the phone camera to zoom while taking video of said rock star. Too bad I couldn’t teach it to only record the sound of the rock star singing and not me too. There is a reason he is a rock star and I am a newspaper reporter — he can sing and I can’t. I would say I felt bad for all of the people who were sitting around me who had to hear me sing, but they were doing the same thing I was doing, and most of them aren’t singers either.


But I digress. I did learn a great deal at the concert about my phone’s camera, and I learned it all by trial and error. Most of the time I wouldn’t take the time to just sit there and play with it. A song or two into the show, I realized I had brought an actual camera with me and switched to that. About halfway through the show, I realized I was spending so much time worrying about taking "the perfect picture" that I was missing the show unfolding in front of me. I put the cameras down and started to absorb the whole spectacle. I stopped trying to "capture" the light show and just watched the lights dance across the stage and through the air. A picture is worth a 1,000 words, but a picture can only invoke the memory if we take time to make the memory in the first place.


Happy birthday Sunday to Wes King and Angela Barnum Jones, both of Denison; Brooke Elizabeth Beard of McKinney; Nelda Ann Woods, Monica Davis, Cameron Esmali-Doki, Marvelle Mullins Hudson, Trya Sendell, Joyce Jones, Janice Harris, Laverne Mahan, Mary Jane Morphew, Lis Wilson, Monica Davis, Becky Esmali-Doki and Lakeshia Henderson, all of Sherman; LaVerne Mathis, Elizah Luper and Oscar Smith, all of Whitewright; Betty Stone and Francis Rutledge, both of Bells; Jimmie Delphine Dawson of Dallas; Lonell Keith Dawson of Oklahoma City; Mary Franklin of Lubbock.