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  • Why am I here? Seems like a trick question doesn't it? Well let me try to answer it in part. The part that relates to Cowbird.

    I joined Cowbird at first, out of curiosity. And then I started liking it. It grew on me. I was thrilled when a few people started loving my stories. Well, who wouldn't? And then I began to get cold feet. Did they really like my stories, or were they just being nice, like in 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' ?

    And how do I keep this up, along with my other commitments? Where will all this lead to? Is this like an open diary where anyone can peek in? where I can post my angst, fear and foibles?

    There is actually so much I can write about. You could do some armchair travelling while I take you on a magical tour of my vast country with its rich and diverse mix of culture, religions, food, weather, flora, fauna and tastes and habits that vary from region to region and from community to community.
    Actually I honestly wish I could follow more cowbirders and read more stories but then I won't have the time to write. Every now and then someone writes something that strikes a chord in me and I want to reply or sprout a story but then there's so much more reading to do, so much more to love.

    Alex, you asked if I could post just one story a day? It would be really great if I could do that but my fear is that the quality of writing may not be consistent and then maybe you and the others would stop loving me. And that's why I don't post so regularly.

    Cowbird has rekindled that spark of creativity within me. I feel like a co-creator of a joyous learning experience - even when the stories are about longing and despair. All of us are expressing ourselves in various ways with our tales of hope, anguish and courage. I watch your sparks turn into a flame and that encourages me to stoke my own fire.
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