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  • "No man is an island,
    Entire of itself.
    Each is a piece of the continent,
    A part of the main.
    If a clod be washed away by the sea,
    Europe is the less.
    As well as if a promontory were.
    As well as if a manor of thine own
    Or of thine friend's were.
    Each man's death diminishes me,
    For I am involved in mankind.
    Therefore, send not to know
    For whom the bell tolls,
    It tolls for thee. "

    John Donne


    The movie Avatar used the concept Connie pointed out about the Aspens to the extreme...the entire planet was interconnected, including the people. And such a connection would certainly be an easier thing for us if it existed here. But for us, the concept is in words.

    We have a system here of great connectivity, a system where we can share our dreams and hopes and joys and fears with others, connecting with them in a deeply personal and intense manner. And that, my friends is really what Cowbird is about, at least for me.

    When I was first invited to Cowbird, I was intrigued by the variety of writing, from well researched and technically accurate pieces (such as the one I am sprouting this one from) to personal glimpses into the lives of people halfway around the world. The sheer diversity of our input makes this one of the most unique sites on the internet, and surely affects anyone who stumbles upon it.

    I believe this is a place to share who we are, what we believe, and what we hope for. I believe Cowbird is and can be a place to connect with our fellow man. I believe this is also a place to share our pain, as many have done in stories about molestation and other horrible events in their lives, in the hope that others may learn from them.

    In the film, Teahouse of the August Moon, Marlon Brando (playing a Korean in American occupied Okinawa after the 2nd World War) relates an old proverb.

    Pain makes man think,
    thought makes man wise,
    wisdom makes life endurable.


    I will continue to share my thoughts, my faith, my stories, and my pain, as I hope you will as well.

    ~Fred~
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