Some folks who read this blog don’t know — but I also do a monthly piece for The Hur Herald out of Calhoun County.
You can read the most recent installment here:
To Appear on The Hur Herald: www.hurherald.com:
Two-Lane Livinâ€™ – Reading Between Two Lanes 5/5
Â Â â€œYou look familiar. Have we met somewhere?â€
Â Â I hear this more and more as I go through life and encounter new people. The first few times I was asked the question, I would stand and think, and think â€“ to try and remember if, and where, we had met.
Â Â Recently, at a road-side stand set up by two men, one man asked me the question while the other investigated something down over the bank. The first man and I stood, staring at each other, racking our brains to figure out where he knew me from. The other man, returning with his find from over the bank, looked up at me and said, â€œHey! Youâ€™re the Two-Lane Livinâ€™ lady!â€
Â Â Â Immediately the first man yelled, â€œThatâ€™s it! Thatâ€™s where Iâ€™ve seen you before! Iâ€™ve read every single issue.â€
Â Â Â Â I hear similar stories from other columnists for the magazine. Kim Butler will be hearing snake stories for the rest of her life I think and has been referred to as â€œThe Snake Lady,â€ and Sue Cosgrove is often referred to as â€œThe Organic Lady.â€
Â Â Â Â It is both flattering and embarrassing. I truly love that folks are reading, and that they now feel familiar with the faces and the names and topics of our columnists. But at the same time, it is awkward. Sue and I recently visited a retreat where the folks â€œplaced our facesâ€ and then showered us with compliments. Sue and I both blushed, and shuffled our feet in the carpet.
Â Â Â We thanked them in an â€œAwww, shucksâ€ kind of manner, and let them know how happy we are that they enjoy the magazine. See, Two-Lane Livinâ€™ is definitely a team effort. Itâ€™s embarrassing to feel as if we are getting more than our individual credit, but is also an honor to accept compliments on behalf of those involved.
Â Â Â Still, now Iâ€™m getting to the point where if someone tells me I look familiar, and I canâ€™t place their face, I ask, â€œDo you read Two-Lane Livinâ€™?â€
Â Â Sometimes that will turn on the light bulb, and they can then make the connection. But sometimes, they say, â€œyea-ahh,â€ slowly, and donâ€™t quite connect.
Â Â And I respond, â€œIâ€™m on page two.â€
Â Â It sounds silly to identify yourself by a page number, but thatâ€™s where theyâ€™ve seen me before.
Â Â On the other hand, as I sometimes cover Frankâ€™s delivery runs on which Frank (the socialite of our house) has made friends with everyone, I frequently meet women who know immediately who I am and tell me how much they love my husband. Also an awkward moment, which makes all those within ear shot laugh or giggle, to which I smile and respond, â€œYeah, I like him too.â€
Â Â Although we may not (or ever become) accustomed to the public recognition for our participation in the magazine, we do crave and enjoy interaction with our readers. Thatâ€™s why columnistsâ€™ e-mail or other contact information is included at the end of their articles when space allows. Although we are reluctant to share columnist phone numbers or physical addresses, many of them provide public contact information, just for readers!
Â Â Columnists always welcome your questions and comments. Please feel free to communicate with us, online, by phone, or even in person. Just forgive us if weâ€™re a little befuddled at first. Weâ€™re still not yet used to having so many people interested in us.
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