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Meeting Kathryn Stratford in Boston

Updated on November 18, 2016
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Seafarer Mama has been a very active, prolific member of the Hub Pages community since 2009.

Our Connection on Hub Pages ~

Our First Connection

I first met Kathryn Stratford by chance on Hub Pages after the Boston Marathon bombing in April. One of our fellow hubbers who calls herself Suzie HQ had expressed sympathy over the tragedy, which brought to my attention that Kathryn lives in Boston. This led me to visit and read Kathryn's profile page.The first feature I noticed was the plethora of recipe hubs. She's as much of a foodie as I am! The first of them that I read was about the fruity iced green tea refresher (which is delicious), since I was beginning to dream of summer days and making sun tea in a jar on my back deck. Now it is time for me to read about her corn pudding.

The Boston We Have in Common

The next hub of Kathryn's that caught my eye was South Boston's Carson Beach in the Wintertime. I used to walk along that beach, wade, and read on the sheltered benches when I lived in Dorchester for a few years. My husband and I met there for one of our first dates. She also wrote a hub that featured a picture of Boston after the Blizzard of 2013 that blanketed New England back in February . Somehow, snow seems to soften the contours of a city skyline and adds a layer of magic. Through reading both of those hubs, I can see that Kathryn is open to seeing and appreciating the beauty of wherever she is. Then there is her hub about finding creative ways to pass the time whentraveling on public transportation. The featured picture portrays a station that served as my green line trolley destination when I volunteered as an usher for a theater company.

Downtown Boston on the Boston Common

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Kathryn and I actually sat on a bench close to the Parkman Bandstand, under a shady tree.

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The Paulist Center, where I work at the front desk each summer ~ something I have been doing for 20 years.

Reaching Out

Once I read some of Kathryn's hubs and engaged in some conversation through various threads, I developed a sense of adventure regarding reaching out and meeting her. Her comments are always respectful and very encouraging. I realized the perfect opportunity for this meeting was when I worked downtown Boston for about 8 days in June. I invited her to meet me at work and was thrilled when she agreed.

Two hubbers meet and chat on Boston Common ~

Fellow HP friend, Kathryn Stratford. Doesn't she have a lovely smile?
Fellow HP friend, Kathryn Stratford. Doesn't she have a lovely smile? | Source
Kathryn and I chatted for an hour on Boston Common. Then we asked a fellow park visitor to take a picture of us.
Kathryn and I chatted for an hour on Boston Common. Then we asked a fellow park visitor to take a picture of us. | Source

Face Time

Connecting with another human being in person is so different than connecting on the internet, or through writing letters. When we write, we can think about what we say. When we meet someone in person, the risk of just blurting out something ridiculous becomes greater. Given that, I only felt a little nervous about meeting Kathryn in person. I felt more excited. I was also inspired to give her a gift for taking the time to travel and meet with me ~ sunflower seeds. May the sunflowers that grow from them always make you smile, Kathryn!

One Hour on the First Day of Summer, 2013

The day that Kathryn and I met downtown Boston was the first day of summer. What a way to celebrate the Summer Solstice than to meet a new friend! I was very happy that the weather was lovely ~ sunny and breezy. We were able to sit on a bench and chat in one of my favorite Boston parks ~ the Boston Common.

The hour I had to relax flew by on eagles' wings as we chatted about what we loved to do with our time, what our neighborhoods are like, and the writer friends we have in common on Hub Pages. Someday, perhaps she will make it out to visit our co-housing community. Perhaps we'll have a chance to see each other at some type of festival in Boston. In the meantime, we have Hub Pages to help us keep in touch with each other.

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© 2013 Karen A Szklany

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    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Hi Kathryn....hope you are having a great weekend, too!

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      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Yes...once Massachusetts gets into your bloodstream...there is no removing. Best regards, Amie!

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      Kathryn 

      4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Amiebutchco,

      I love Cape Cod! These past few years I have gone there a couple of times per year. I just moved from Boston to Connecticut recently, so I won't be going there much anymore. But both Boston and the Cape hold special places in my heart.

      Seafarer Mama, pretty soon it will be Spring again, and it is fun to think that last year I met you on the first day of Spring.

      Have a great weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Amie Butchko 

      4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      My family lives in North Attleboro, and I lived in Boston for a lot of years before I got married. We go in every once in a while, but certainly not enough since we had kids!!!!! We go to the Cape a lot. My heart is forever in Massachusetts!

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      4 years ago from New England

      Thank you, Amie. Glad you enjoyed reading...it was fun to write! ~:0). Do you visit Boston very often?

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      Amie Butchko 

      4 years ago from Warwick, NY

      I'm a Boston native too and just love picturing you both on the sunny common. Great hub!

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      btrbell~ Thank you so much for stopping by to read and respond.. Yes, a "hub writers" convention would be loads of fun...traveling around to different parts of the US and other countries. ~:0) Glad to meet you here on HP!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      So much fun to meet a fellow hubber! I had the opportunity this year as well and hope to meet more of myfriends as we go! A hubwriters convention would be great! I look forward to reading more of your hiubs!

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      You are very welcome,. May your home-grown sunflowers bring you lots of joy!

      Karen

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      Last weekend I planted a couple of the sunflower seeds, and I am amazed at how fast they are growing! I have them on the windowsill in the living room, and they are eating up the sunlight. I'm taking photos of them as they grow, and keeping a record of it. Thanks again!

      ~ Kathryn

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      I'm glad. I could deal with the cool, crisp autumn weather for more months out of the year. ~:0)

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Mmm, that tea sounds lovely. I have enjoyed the cooler days, although it is supposed to be in the 90s for a couple of days next week. Summer is winding down, so I'm sure we'll have our cool weather back soon after.

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Hi Kathryn,

      The music series is sponsored by wumb (,org). But the series may have wound down. Hope you do catch some live music at the beach sometime.. Hope August is treating you well. Out working in my garden more than I am online this past week. Love the cool August evenings...almost cool enough for a mug of warm jasmine tea. :0)

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I will make it a point to go over there and enjoy myself in the Autumn, and check out that place. I love cider!

      No, I didn't hear the music. I'll have to keep an ear out for events in my neighborhood.

      It's nice to hear from you, too! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

      ~ Kathryn

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      HI Kathryn,

      So glad you enjoyed more time on Boston Common. Just wait for peak foliage season...it's wonderful...and I think that "The Black Seed Cafe and Grill" across Tremont St. (next to St. Paul's Cathedral) sells mulled cider then, too. :0)

      Did you get to hear live music at Carson Beach? It is there sometimes. I thought of you when I heard it announced on my folk radio station, but was not able to hop online at the time to alert you. :0)

      Great to hear from you!

      Karen

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I was thinking of you yesterday. I went on a job interview downtown, and spent some time before and afterwards in Boston Common. I want to go there more often, because it is such a beautiful place!

      I hope all is well in your world. It is cloudy here, but we don't have any puddles to splash in right now. Yesterday was gorgeous, though! Aside from the time I spent at Boston Common, I also walked along the beach for a good part of 1 1/2 hours!

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Thanks so much, Colin! Kathryn is a very lovely person and we had a great time meeting each other. Hope we'll keep in touch beyond HP, too.

      Thanks for promoting our author ~ meet hubs on FB, too. An extra treat! ~:0)

      Yes...summer seems to be flying by extra fast this year. I've been trying to work on my garden so that I have less weeding work in future years. :0)

      Thanks for the hugs! :0) It's a cloudy, cool, rainy day in central MA today...which is why I am online and not out back. ....and my daughter is out splashing around in puddles. :0)

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      PS ~ Thank you so much for linking to and reading my hub about meeting with Kathryn. We very much enjoyed meeting each other and plan to keep in touch, and are encouraged to meet other hubber friends, too.

      Namaste

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      Good afternoon my Karen of Kool from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 12:38pm

      and what a lovely heartfelt story this is - one of my favorites actually as I think so highly of my Kathryn of Kool.

      I have posted and link with much enthusiam and pride your historic meeting on my FB page for all to see and read.

      It's a lovely day here by the lake with moderate temperatures but lots of sunshine and it's just amazing isn't it how fast summer seems to be going this year.

      I love the pictures here as you both look so happy and that's a nice place to be in our glad hearts and happy minds.

      Sending to you 3 big Canadian hugs from the three of us

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Hi

      I know that must have been fun. I would love to meet a fellow hubber. I read Kathryn's sharing of her meeting with you and it sounds as though both of you found it to be a positive experience.

      Her hub lead me to your pages so I will be returning.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Hi Kathryn! So glad that you were online when I published this hub...and that you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed your hub about meeting me.

      I totally look forward to continuing our contact on HP and beyond! Hope you're having a lovely day. :0)

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Great! Let's start planning. *~;0)*

    • Seafarer Mama profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Thank you so much, Joe! I'd sure love to meet you and Bill...and as many other hubbers who are willing to travel to meet! :0) If I were to travel anywhere, I'd make sure I look up the hubbers who live in that place and connect with them! :0)

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I heartily second what Bill said. An HP convention would be a big hit! Imagine the flood of hubs hitting the server as a result of such a stupendous jamboree!

      Karen, you and Kathryn are absolutely delightful people as well as excellent writers, and I think what you've both done here exemplifies the hearty and healthy spirit of connection that abounds on HP. I'm hoping that someday soon billybuc and I can connect in similar fashion and share our respective personal essays with the HP community at large.

      Aloha and mahalo for this wonderful and heartwarming hub, my friend!

      Joe

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      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Thank you for stopping by Bill! Kathryn is as charming in person as she is online...a woman with a great spirit and lots of integrity! :0)

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      In seeing the above comments: If there was ever some kind of a HubPages convention somewhere, I would go out of my way to go there! That would be awesome.

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      Kathryn 

      5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      I happened to hear the e-mail notification for this, and came right over once I saw it was by you! How exciting it is to see this hub you created about our visit. It was a great experience, and I enjoyed meeting you, and getting to talk to you in person.

      I enjoy your own perspective of me, and our visit. What a lovely way to introduce how you came to know me, and which hubs you first saw of mine.

      I'm also glad you started using the dividers. They're so pretty!

      Oops, I went away from the computer, so here I am to finish my comment.

      Thanks for this beautiful hub. I look forward to maintaining contact with you, and hopefully meeting you again sometime.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      I'm with you, Billy. Why not have a Hubber's Convention! Have you been to Boston? Or we can have one at my co-housing community, and block out a bunch or rooms at the nearby Comfort Inn..you have me thinking, now! I'd love to visit the Northwest US sometime, too. ~:0)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm so jealous that you got to meet Kathryn in person. She is one of my favorite Hubbers and a great supporter of mine. We really need a HubPages convention so we can all meet. :)

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