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  • A funny thing happened to me yesterday. A Cowbird thing. A Cowbird anomaly. Something that got me to thinking about loss, and what it means.

    As I’m sure anyone who posted or read a story yesterday noticed, there were some technical glitches going on in Cowbird. Just a few hiccups, as it turned out. A stutter or two. Some stories showed up twice, or three times. I loved the one that showed up 5 times, with 5 different pictures. That was really rockin’!

    But the funny thing that happened to me was this…somewhere in the midst of trying to post my story "Monika Meet Alice", (my stutterer, posting twice), I got booted out of the server. When I went to get back on, I was suddenly unrecognizable.

    Hey, come on, you know me. Let me in here.

    Name and password please.

    Are you serious? O.K., fine, if we need to play that game, here…

    Sorry, we do not recognize you.

    What? Are you serious? Come on, man, it’s me - Pete! You know me.

    I couldn’t even love another story. I was suddenly persona non grata.

    In that moment, for just a moment, I thought to myself – “Was it real? Did Maureen really tell me about this on-line site her husband had stumbled on, and thought that I might find interesting, as it was a story-tellers community, and I’m a story-teller? Did I dream all of this? O.K., I know I didn’t, but what if I can never get back there? What if all of my stories are lost? What then?”

    I thought about it. And then I realized – if that happened, nothing would be lost. The stories I told can never be untold. The people who read them, can never unread them. The stories I read, will always be a part of me. They have changed me.

    Then, I thought that maybe I put the wrong password in. I tried a different one. It worked! I was in.

    My stories were right where I’d left them. So were yours.

    I was here. And so were you.

    Cowbird life was back to normal.

    Mooooooo…..Chirp – Chirp.

    It’s 11:02 – the Super Moon is supposed to get superest at 11:35 EDT. Gonna go howl at that sucker, loud and Cowbird Proud.

    Man, I love this place!
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