“Oops… it worked! Now what do I do?”

is the signature I created when I first entered the e-mail world in the early 90s. I can’t count the thousands of times I’ve said, “Oops it worked! Now what do I do?”

As a self-taught entrepreneur whose projects have included publishing a weekly advertising paper and, later, a semi-annual tourism magazine, plus a number of crazy adventures, ‘oops’ is a frequently uttered word in my daily life! But through all my foibles and false starts, the adventures have also brought delightful discoveries, intriguing challenges, hair-pulling frustrations,  LOTS of chuckles and outright guffaws!

Throughout my life I’ve been trying new things, looking for a new adventure/venture. The entrepreneurial spirit has always been strong. Yet, you might wonder exactly how I have anything to write about that would be of any value. After all, everyone tries things. And you may be correct! You’ll have to be the judge of ‘value.’

is the latest in my publishing adventures. I’ve enjoyed delightful and often intriguing stories while selling ads and writing articles for my publications. Presently a baby boomer living in a wonderful community at the ‘top of the Bay’ where the mighty Susquehanna River flows into the Upper Chesapeake, I’ve enjoyed our community stories. While there are several people working on the history of our community that includes detailed dates and often genealogy, I, on the other hand, enjoy listening to stories of childhood and the long lives of many of our residents. I love learning what they did for fun as kids, what their first jobs were, how they developed their work paths, and especially how they got involved in their community. As I embarked on this project, I learned that each individual had more than one fascinating story to share.

These are ‘as-told-to-me’ stories.

I’m listening, not so much for the accuracy, but for the pictures and the emotions shared. We gain a greater perspective of a community and its history through its stories. As you most likely have experienced when sharing family stories, we’ve often argue with parents or siblings that they just don’t remember correctly! But if we consider that each memory is connected to that person’s age at the time, the place in the relationships, and their individual reaction to the event, it is easier to see why there is more than one version.

Thomas Moore writes of these various versions as a kind of ‘weaving and un-weaving’ of a story in order to better understand. A more meaningful picture comes from listening to the many versions. We learn a lot about another when we listen to their story to really hear them, rather than to correct them. With the goal to listen for a more complete story of our community, I endeavor to share these individual stories with you. Let’s get started!



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