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March 28, 2020

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Susaan Straus

Marvelous!!

Bambi Good

glad to see you've been writing more again.. I hope there are other gifts for you in this time

Ann Baker

Thanks, it made me feel better……..

Ann

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Ann, Standing there in the chilly spring afternoon, that robin flew down to the puddle at my feet, took few sips then flew to the fence. My original intent was to let the locked gate and the sign BE the story. Before I knew it, the smell of the damp earth, sight of the greening grass, the chill of an overcast spring day, the appearance of that robin triggered a memory, first vague but familiar, then so sharply poignant that it overwhelmed me.
And yes indeed, made me feel better too!

Nona Bock

Memories are heart warming. Same thing going on here.

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Nona, this is the time to get as much mileage from memories that connect us with kindness, companionship, friends, family, all core values that have made us who we’ve become. I want to be present to take in the full experience of this once in a century moment, as scary as it is, allow warm memories of the past keep my heart full, and look over the horizon to anticipate what kind of world lies at the other side of this.

Mark M

What great memories !!
Thanks for sharing !!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Quite a coincidence. The week before i was wondering where all the songbirds were, have been seeing and hearing them much less frequently in past years. I was really excited to see that robin fly out of the blue, literally, and into that puddle near me then decided to show off on the fence. Got me a good photo them a rush of unexpected memories.
Thanks for the reply.
Chirp
PT

Chantelle Trahan

PT,

This is beautiful! I have to let you know the last pictures I took before emailing yesterday morning, were that of this cardinal. It wasn’t very clear on my camera, so I didn’t include it. I love cardinals. They’re significant to me in spiritual ways.....like a visitor. When I just opened “Dispatches In A Time Of A Keep Your Distance Stay Home Pandemic, ” I see your robin had a special significance on your end, too!

I love the thought of continuing ‘to keep our gloves oiled and ready’ throughout this pandemic!

Psul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Dear Chantelle,
We are birds of a feather! Both of us have a bird that has special significance, something that stirs a deep response, sometimes so deep even we can’t fully grasp it.

Thanks for the photos of the beautiful cardinal. A sighting of a cardinal has become rare around here. It was one of the first names of a bird that I learned, actually from my mother who kept a small illustrated book identifying birds and their markings and characteristics (another sprout of memory that just popped up as I write this message!) right next our kitchen window. She put a bird feeder outside the window, bought birdseed and sunflower seeds that I was in charge of for keeping the feeder full. The reward was seeing chipping sparrows, goldfinches, the occasional red winged blackbird, greedy bossy bluejays, and on a good day, a bright red cardinal with its mysterious black mask.

Geoff Patti

Ahh……yes…….the simpler times. Well done. Enjoyed the read!

Tom Maguire

Attaboy!!!!!

Geoff Patti

Ahh……yes…….the simpler times. Well done. Enjoyed the read!

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large

Thanks, Geoff. In normal times we don’t have time to reflect on memories that have shaped us. Now as we pull ourselves over to the curb, recollecting memories like that helps us deal with the uncertainty of the present.
UP

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr aka pt at large and U.P. "Uncle Paul"!

Thanks, Geoff. In normal times we don’t have time to reflect on memories that have shaped us. Now as we pull ourselves over to the curb, recollecting memories like that helps us deal with the uncertainty of the present.
UP

Carole Blossom

Nostalgic memories of days gone by are comforting as we grow older and life is not the same.....simpler times gone but not forgotten.
You have such a special way of making words come alive and creating a story I can feel and see in my imagination.
What a gift you have, Paul🌠
Hope you are well and surviving these uncertain times,
My best, Carole Blossom

Paul O'Bryant, my former 4th grade student, circa 1978

Hi Mr. T

Its sad how this virus has taken over the world

Paul

Paul A. Tamburello, Jr. aka pt at large and occasionally Mr.T

Paul, Yes it is sad and scary but I am so glad to hear from you.
I am well, keeping my distance, leaving home for a walk every night. Going to the market for first time in about two weeks tomorrow or next day.
Jeff Lowenstein calls me often. Do you remember him from Pierce?
I found this photo from 1979 I think, the class working on Clay Boats!
Keep safe. I look forward to talking to you again. Thanks for saying hello.

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