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  • I received my Cowbird invitation on August 16, so I'm not quite a month in.

    In a short time, I have connected with people from all over the world through their stories. It is amazing how we reveal so much of our true selves when we capture an image and then write a memory, hope, or dream.

    I want to "love" every story I read, even if I'm not sure I understand where the author was going or what he or she was trying to convey. It is in my nature to encourage others but I want to "love" those stories that I don't understand because the author had the guts to write it down and put it out there. I'm still hesitant about my topics. I worry that the people in my stories will feel that their privacy is being violated. I worry that I'll compromise something of myself that I can never get back.

    So, the stories I read that are raw and bruised and broken move me profoundly. I find myself wondering what certain folks are doing. I worry about the health of others who are seriously, and in some cases, mortally ill.

    The stories that are light, hopeful, happy, and bright encourage me. I want to spread some of that positive energy to my audience members.

    When people started loving my stories and joining my audience, I was grateful and amazed. I felt like perhaps there are other eccentrics out there like me. And I read their stories and joined their audiences so I can continue to connect with people who may "get" me.

    Cowbird is a place for me to chronicle my memories and experiences but, perhaps even more importantly, it is a place for me to learn about other people's lives and souls. They take me out of my suburban life and remind me of all that is out there in the World. For that, I am blessed and thankful.

    The image is of the waterfall inside the Butterfly Pavilion at the Memphis Zoo. I chose an image of moving water, splashing all around to depict the fluid nature of Cowbird.
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