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This is my first day of the ‘A’ to ‘Z’ blogging adventure. It’s been too long since I have committed to my writing. Over the last several months, I have been getting to know a colleague — mostly via Facebook.  Odd that so much of our interactions these days are facilitated by online social networking and the like. I feel like Shavawn Midori Berry is a sister from another mother. We teach English at the same university. We are both writers, too.  Both introverts.  Both sing. Both of us are empaths. Both see the world in similar ways (at least, as far as I can tell). There are many more “boths,” actually. But what I especially enjoy is her writing.  She writes and I feel as if I have written what she is saying because the sentiment, phrasing, and feeling of her words mimics or mirrors the words I would say if I had written the piece. I love this. I wish I had gotten to know her when I was lonely and simply existing in Arizona. It would have made my time there bearable, more fun, even satisfying and fulfilling. I saw only the brown desert landscape dotted with palm trees and saguaro plants. I felt only the blistering temperatures as I moved through my days.  I was indignant that people should have to stand in 100+ degree temperatures holding ad signs for businesses nearby to earn a simple wage. I lamented the unending “RED” signs I saw posted everywhere as I wondered where the Democrats were. I was just there.  But somehow in my mind now I think it would have all been made more bearable had I had a girlfriend–a running buddy with whom to share spiritual chats and ruminate about life. It would have made for fonder memories of my time there.

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  1. Shavawn M. Berry says:

    Bless you, my dear. So nice to have found a kindred spirit. We are both doing this challenge this month, so this is going to be FUN. 🙂


  2. kentuckygal50 says:

    Although I’ve not spent a great deal of time in the state of Arizona, I have spent my share in other “Arizona’s”, if that makes sense. Good that you found someone with whom to walk. (I had to remember I was commenting on the blog of an English professor and go back and correct my grammar!)

    You seem to have a little fire in you. IMO, that kind of passion makes some great reading for the rest of us! Enjoy the A to Z!

    LuAnn Braley
    AJ’s Hooligans @AtoZChallenge
    Back Porchervations


  3. cmuhanji says:

    This is where your strength as a writer resides. it’s honest, not sappy, and hearfelt. Keep helping us contain our sanity by this fine, fine writing . We need it, cause “it’s’a jungle out there. “


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