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July 23, 2009

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David - sometimes, in the hands of a less talented writer, the description of an experience like this could sound self-absorbed and over-the-top. Luckily for us, you are a talented writer, and so this first chaper of your journey was heart-felt, poignant and touchingly sweet.

Looking forward to the coming chapters, particularly since I know you lived to tell the tales!

Thanks, Kristen.

"self-absorbed and over-the-top"

I'm quite used to riding on the hairy edge of this!

I can seldom find a storyteller who is able to hold my interest, but you've hooked me. Your humor and wit combined with your ability to paint a vivid picture are rare and enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading more entries David.

Also, I like the flag on your helmet, Easy Rider!

love it, want to read more! want a live debrief too. still some post-visionquest reunions to be had~

Lsis

@ Dean: Thanks for your kind words about my storytelling, which depends, I find, on the quality of the story!

Yes, Lsis, and it's our turn to host. When can you get your big thirst over here?

"don't expect them to be read by most of my Writing Boots audience"

How could an interesting tale, told by a master storyteller, not be read by your audience?

So we won't read Beowulf, because most of us do not take interest in dragon fighting?

Well, Yossi, I appreciate that. But I've lectured on blogging (and blogged on lecturing), and one of my points is that a blog is a collection of people gathered around a common interest BEYOND who the blogger is and what the blogger has to say.

What my blog followers have in common is an interest in communication, more than an interest in me.

So by saying I don't expect everyone to read my motorcycle diaries, I'm acknowledging that I'm being mindful of the Thing All My Readers Have In Common: an interest in communication, not an interest in me.

Does that make sense?

Great writing, David. i can't wait to read more. Is there possibly a book in this?

Thanks, Eileen. Yes, I hope to compile these into a book for Scout to read when she's big ... and, hell, maybe I can find a wider interest for them, we'll see.

Love it. Welcome home.

David- You know your dad would have been reluctantly (the motorcycle) and profoundly (your writing) proud of you. I love your writing style... some of it reminiscent of Tom, but definitely your own. I was right there with you as you wrote about saying goodbye to Scout, Christy and the life you love, but still pushing on and out. I can't wait for the next installment.

Connie

Every human being communicates. We all use body language and spoken and written word to communicate. When we are with peers and not in competition, we communicate naturally. To speak of ourselves as Communicators as a profession and a daily job, is to speak of entering an artificial environment where communication atrophies, such as the market trading arena or corporate hierarchies, and bringing back that natural communication.

You're telling a story. It's an exercise in natural human communication. It's an interesting story. You're an interesting person. We'll all gather round the fire to listen.

As one wise man said about Diplomacy, "telling the truth comes naturally. Diplomacy must be learning the art of lying."

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