• Behind the Scenes

    From Ardith Hinton@1:153/716 to James Bradley on Wed Jul 20 14:42:38 2011
    Hi, James! Recently you wrote in a message to Ardith Hinton:

    You've been here longer than anybody else except for
    Dallas & me... and you understand what we're trying to
    accomplish. If others are team-teaching effectively he
    doesn't need the big hammer. :-))

    As a blanket apology, I know how I was raised to push

    I wasn't. But I cheered inwardly for the teenager who... when asked how leukemia had affected his life... commented "I'm a lot mouthier now." ;-)

    I pray I was never too far from the "spirit" of the
    community you two built here, and if I was, I trust
    I wasn't too hard to lead back to enlightenment?

    Not at all! Survivors recognize one another. I see that in you. I see it in Richard. Yes, I do some gentle direction of subject matter at times ... but the apparent subject matter is a component of the larger picture. :-)

    My words to Shilo stand if so.

    I couldn't have said it better. Give yourself a gold star.... :-))

    I talk in fido how I like to talk to the neighbours
    across our fence, and how I'd like to be talked to.
    "Don't be offensive, OR easily offended..."

    Do as you would be did by. Makes sense to me.... :-)

    I know I can be gruff and crass at times and I need to
    be more sensitive to others, but I *think* of myself as
    the guy too willing to lend my neighbour my garden hose
    if his house is on fire, but I'm not above giving him
    a hard time about it if it comes back all kinked up.

    I call 'em the way I see 'em, just as you do. IMHO your heart is in the right place & you responded with awesome sensitivity to Shiloh. :-)

    ... And I need to work on my "Oh ya?" attitude.

    A certain amount of healthy skepticism is not amiss AFAIC, and Steve would appreciate that too. But he may be wondering what to make of us because we didn't run away screaming or try to correct his perceptions when he told us he's an atheist. I see some evidence of a Wounded Child there... as I imagine you do. We've dealt with similar issues here in the past. OTOH, I suppose he may be thinking... as one of our (now deceased) BBS users did... that we sound too much like the Care Bears to suit his preference. Over to you, Steve. ;-)

    I hope your new readers here can feel half as welcomed
    as you two have made me.

    Thankyou! I'm glad to hear you feel that way.... :-)

    --- timEd/386 1.10.y2k+
    * Origin: Wits' End, Vancouver CANADA (1:153/716)