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Easing slowwwwwwwly back into posting after an indolent holiday weekend, here’s an oldie but (I hope) goodie from blog days past

Hi, guys. I hope you all had (and are having) a wonderful holiday weekend with great food, good company, and minimal stress.

Mine’s been nice. Quiet with a combo of idle days, a few industrious hours of DIY on the house, and world-class Thanksgiving leftovers.

I expect by tomorrow I’ll be back up to full blogging speed. But for now, I’m still idling about.

So to ease gradually back into action, here’s a two-parter I posted four years ago. I recalled this when a member of Claire’s Cabal introduced a topic on memorable travel experiences. This piece involves an encounter in Ireland, an inflight magazine, hopeful writers of varying skills, and one gigantic moment of synchronicity.

Without further ado, here’s “A tale of truths. About writers. And other strange happenings”:

Part I

Part II


  1. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 25, 2018 6:19 pm

    For reasons I needn’t go into, just what I needed to read tonight.

  2. Claire
    Claire November 25, 2018 7:46 pm

    Thank YOU, larryarnold. Glad to be of service. I’m always reluctant to resurrect old posts, so I’m glad you appreciated those.

  3. Michael Stone
    Michael Stone November 26, 2018 8:00 am

    What a lovely story, Claire!

    Last year I came to the conclusion that I’m an engineer, not the creator I thought I wanted to be, and, rather than crushing me, it freed me in ways that I’m still getting used to.

  4. M
    M November 26, 2018 10:14 am

    Don’t be reluctant – I frequently find that the resurrected posts are either the best of what I’ve missed, or things I need to be reminded of. 🙂

  5. free.and.true
    free.and.true November 26, 2018 2:27 pm

    I’d never read those pieces of yours before, Claire, so I’m very glad you did resurrect them!

    Not sure yet what more to say, but I found a lot worth pondering in there. Thanks.

  6. Claire
    Claire November 26, 2018 6:50 pm

    Thank you, Michael Stone, M, and free.and.true.

    I admit I enjoyed re-reading that story (or really those intertwining stories) myself and I suspect there’s a lot that can be drawn from them. I’m not sure what, but something. 🙂

    Maybe Michael Stone’s got the essence there. Sometimes it’s worth pursuing frustrating creative endeavors, but other times the best thing you can do for yourself is surrender and be more successful elsewhere. (But for myself, I’m still not sure.)

  7. James
    James November 28, 2018 4:35 am

    I know I’m late to the party, but “better late than never:” thanks! I really enjoyed that. You should consider doing resurrections fairly regularly, for the benefit of we latecomers and for the enjoyment of all. Just look through your archives and click on the “Lazarus, come forth!” button.

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