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  • I’m ready – put me in, coach!

    That’s exactly how I feel whenever I read suggestions or ideas from Alex. Camp Cowbird? I love it, and I embrace it, wholeheartedly. Who else is with me? Let’s make it a summer to remember. Since this is my posting for the day, I am going to try to make the most of it. I’m committing to the concept, but like my dear, life-long friend (that would be “Cowbird-life-long, but certainly feels like much longer) Diane penned in her response to the call, I do reserve the right to respond to another posting that triggers something in me that must be acknowledged. However, I pledge to exercise some restraint in that department. And discipline.

    I love the idea of spending 3 hours working on my writing and 1 hour reading and reviewing others’ work. While I cannot commit to that kind of time with my full schedule, I will admit that, right now, the proportions are kind of reversed. When I first got here, I spent my first week or two writing, writing, writing, and then I realized, holy cow, there are a lot of unbelievably good writers here, wake up and smell the coffee, stop writing and start reading, dude! And, so I did. And, Cowbird has taken over my life. Yes, it is an addiction. However, I am not quite ready to join Cowbirds Anonymous. I will, however, do my best to exercise a little bit more discipline and restraint. Set some limits. Honor them. I’ll try. (“Don’t try, grasshopper….Do!” “Yes, master”)

    My Executive Coach led me to Cowbird. I feel that among the many other unbelievable, beyond-my-wildest-dreams things that I’ve found here, is a virtual writing-and-creativity mentor, in the person of Alex. You are a true leader, in every sense of the word, and I truly appreciate your leadership. I at first was actually a little skeptical of this whole virtual world/universe you seemed to operate out of, until I discovered how real and filled with truth that world was, and how it was actually an outpicturing of many of the things that I believe. My viewpoint changed. That’s what a good mentor does, is get you to change your viewpoint and outlook, when it needs to be. Thank you!

    I read Leilani’s posting this morning about the London Cowbird Get-Together – how cool! I’ve noticed there are a number of Cowbirders in the Washington, DC/Northern Virginia area. I’m putting the call out to you all – let’s meet up sometime this summer, somewhere in the area. My e-mail address is on my profile, and I am happy to organize it – drop me a line, ya’all. We can compare Cowbird notes, have a cup of coffee or tea and get to know each other a little better in the real world. I keep waiting to just inadvertently run into one of you. Hey, it could happen. A lady I’ve worked with for the past 16 years, and lived in the same town all that time, was retiring last week. On her last day, we were saying how strange it was that we never ran into each other in town (Vienna) all those years. Don’t you know that that very night, I’m driving down Maple Avenue, I look over, and who do I see? Yvonne and her husband. They didn’t see me. I pulled into a parking lot to go to Paniera’s, and who pulls in right beside me? You got it! I could here the twilight zone theme playing in the background.

    Well, that’s today’s post. I’ll be in an off-site training all day, and playing an early double-header tonight (This just in…..Diamond Flames Men won both games last night, coming back from an early 9-0 deficit in the opener to win 19-15, and are now in sole possession of first place, and in complete control of their own destinies with 4 games to go – Diamond Dogs will look to continue their late season surge from obscurity to up-and-coming force tonight – and that’s your sports update!) Later on, I’ll begin to craft tomorrow’s post, and put some time into the writing/editing/polishing/fine-tuning.

    First day of Summer Cowbird Camp – time to go do some horse-back ridin’, boating, swimming, and rock-climbing. Mentally, anyway. Have fun, campers!
    (Picture from a collection of Chesapeake Photo Award Winners on the public domain)
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