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  • I love buying things that I can love the idea behind because I know something about the person or people that create and sell it. Yesterday, at TKMaxx (the British version of TKMaxx) I found a garlic press by Danny Seo. (Should I know who this is?) I chose it over others, because of the recycled steel, the bamboo handle, and a great little tag that tells me all this. So, this morning, I found him on Facebook. The tag actually gives his personal Facebook page link! Then I found his blog, and I'm now following him on Twitter. Then I read something that was a bit disappointing. Oh! I paused. Then I remembered, hey I just bought a garlic press, it's not like he's my best friend. He doesn't even know me. And yet, I love this. I love how I can just buy a garlic press one day and get to know the man behind the product the next. He's not a company or a manufacturer, he's a person. I like that.

    This morning I finished reading Underground by Gayle O'Brien. I don't usually read fiction books in the morning, normally that's my time for meditation, study, connecting with others and writing, but this morning, I just reached for this book that I started yesterday and wanted to keep reading. When I finished it, I wanted to know if Gayle had written any more, so I went in search of her, online, of course. I found her webpage, beautifully devoted to her one book. I learned that she, like me, is an American living in England, married to a British man. And, still feeling so good from this book, I just clicked on "contact me" and wrote her a note, thanking her for this great book. I loved finding the person who researched and wrote and loved these characters to life, so I could spend this time in their world. And I was able to make that connection with her, person to person.

    Just last week I was introduced by my dear friend, Lavina, to the writings of Nouk Sanchez, and really have been moved and deepened by her wisdom and personal sharing. So I wrote and told her, as well. That same day, she answered me, and I loved that feeling, knowing that she appreciated what I said and took time to answer me, personally.

    Behind it all, everything that we interact with, buy, enjoy, or even hate, are people. What if we knew people, rather than groups, companies or institutions? Interestingly, one story line in the book centered around a young lady, a plantation owner's daughter, who just before the start of the America Civil War discovered that slaves were people too. I love the connection, the interconnection, the crossing and weaving of all our lives, our personalities, our choices and our discoveries. I love the intersections, the meetings, the interactions. Like this one, as you read my story.
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