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Sunday, May. 30, 2004

This is my third entry for the night - I think that's a record for me.

It always fascinates me, both as a writer and as a newsperson, the things that other people notice about your writing. I've been quoted several times, under different circumstances, and ninety-nine times out of a hundred, other people notice the things I didn't, or things that I wrote only as a transition to get to my main point.

One of our local politicians recently quoted me to express outrage at the way state legislators have handled our county. The reference was that you can't use a grandfathering clause to discriminate. That was the one out of a hundred where the quote was my point, so I figure the rest will be less obvious.

In terms of fictional writing, I've had numerous people use several quotes (and fortunately all of them I've seen have been attributed to me). One person even emailed me - I have no clue where she saw the quote, have no clue who she was - to ask permission to use it with a link to my page. (I will almost always give that permission, as I appreciate the support.)

The reason this came up tonight is that I was surprised to see more people have listed me as a favorite diary. When that happens, I go to read both their diary, and what they say about me. Call it ego. Call it curiosity. Call it stupid. Doesn't matter to me, I still want to see.

This individual simply quoted me from an obscure and very short entry: "Life has had a very interesting turn, in a Mrs. Robinson-meets-Hello Dolly kind of way." I never elaborated on the situation that precipitated that remark, but perhaps I will someday. It was a short-lived period when I had more fun than I'd had in about 25 years, but also remains somewhat bittersweet.

For now, I'll ponder whether or not it's wise to post anything about it on a public blog site. I've learned the hard way that you never know who's reading and paying attention. And that's another story best saved for another time...

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )