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  • I just read a story posted by one my favorite Cowbird authors about the “love button”.

    Huh?…..[pause….scratch my head….]...?

    I had never given the “love button” much thought until now…and what thought I will give is not deep thought by any means. It is the truth.

    I am new to the Cowbird community. A couple month’s back I simply rebelled against mainstream news sites and such. I deleted Yahoo from my browser and I don’t even tread near FOX or MSN. Reading over sensationalized stories about murders, depressing disasters, political non-sense, and religious thump (“we are all going to hell in hand basket”) etc. just got the better of me. Actually, let me re-phrase that—it was hurting the better me. One day I literally typed “good news websites” into Google and found my way to a wonderful website that gives all positive stories, On Gimundo, I found a list of “good websites” and Cowbird was on the list. So, I clicked the link.

    What an eye opener! I was reading real stories from real people. Not all were to my taste, but others touched me deep within. This was the soul food I needed. My original interest was to join Cowbird just to have the privilege To Read. I even explained in my application my need, my desire, to be inspired by others. I have been truly inspired, and here are a few examples:

    Gott’s Island in Maine. Beautiful. This particular author writes such wonderful, authentic stories about life on a small island in Maine. It is heartwarming to know there are still little spots in New England that are still true New England. I live in New England state, the one that shares a significant boarder with Maine, so I have no excuse. Gott’s island is now on the bucket list.

    Artists and Artisans. The world needs Artisans, all Artisans. There is an author I follow who posts some lovely stories, many relating to museum art and antique restoration. The world needs such folks to keep our architecture breath taking and our art inspiring. She always posts the right picture to the story, too—an artistic flare to be sure.

    Another author, the one who sprouted this story has taught me a new respect for the armed servicemen and women, especially in the late 70’s. I’ve never served and am blessed to have grown up with other paths to take. I’ve gained an entirely new perspective. This same author also shows the world how a person can battle personal demons and WIN. I hope others can see the same courage I see in your stories.

    Some of my favorite pieces come from writer with a spirituality I can only aspire to possess. I love his thoughts, his pictures, his poems, too. It appears he is writing and self-publishing a book. I wish him all the “Luke” he can get, for I can only imagine the guts it must take for such an undertaking.

    These are but a few of the Cowbird authors who feed my soul. It was while reading these and others’ stories, I began to wonder if I shouldn’t just send a feeler out there, a tentative tendril of a story. I posted a story about my son, something I wrote several years ago. When I got “loves” I was tickled. When I got audience members, I was stunned. People following me? Oh no…Expectations…I am not sure about this.....

    Then I came to my senses.

    I joined Cowbird because I needed to read real stories, hear from real people talking about their everyday lives. I needed to see the beauty and inspiration in every day and have found several authors who do just that. From them, I was reminded that I had everyday beauty and inspiration around me too, and that if they were sharing with me, I should share with them. I write a few stories as I have time, and if people love the stories, wonderful. If a story gets no “loves”, so be it. If there is one thing the Cowbird authors have taught me: writing is for the writer and it doesn’t really matter what others think. All we have to do is lovingly plant our seed and see how it grows.
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