Well, my Dad got Mom a new laptop for Christmas. While not entirely enthused about it, she is learning. It helps that the first thing we are teaching her is chatting online. Well, not sure if it helps or hurts yet, but she is able to chat with my brother in Iraq, her nephews in Hungary and me... So while we would talk maybe once a week on the phone, we now chat for a few minutes every couple of days. And in order to chat with her, I had to get an MSN account as well. But I've also been able to chat with my cousins... pretty much for the first time in years... so even though we are scattered, maybe we will get closer now. We'll see.