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Meeting Seafarer Mama in Boston

Updated on July 30, 2013

Following Seafarer Mama

Up until a couple of months ago, Seafarer Mama and I had some HubPages friends in common, but weren't acquainted quite yet. She saw me on our friend Suzie HQ's hub on "Frankincense", and noticed that I live in Boston. She sent me fanmail, mentioning that she lived in the area for 20 years before she moved away. Curious, I checked out her profile, and it didn't take long for me to follow her back. I was thrilled by her selection of food hubs, reviews on places not far from where I live, and that she likes Van Gogh and pumpkin desserts. Since that day a couple of months ago, I have revisited her page many times to check out her interesting articles.

Karen Szklany Gault, my new HubPages friend
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A Chance To Meet a Fellow Writer From HubPages

When Karen Szklany Gault, a.k.a. Seafarer Mama, commented on one of my hubs on Carson Beach back in April, she mentioned that she was going to be in Boston in June, and that maybe we could meet. I was delighted by the idea. I wrote it down in my planner, so I wouldn't forget. I remember thinking at the time that it seemed like quite a ways away.

Getting To Know Karen Through Reading Her Articles

I really enjoy reading, especially subjects that interest me. I also like learning new things, and expanding my knowledge and understanding. Karen's hubs are fascinating to me.

She writes about many different subjects. My favorite type is probably what she calls "From the Diary of a Kitchen Goddess" recipe series. I checked out the first one that caught my eye, thinking it would just be a regular (but also delicious) recipe. I was pleasantly surprised by the absolutely charming way she writes sort of a diary entry for the day, and spins such a nostalgic view of the goings on in her family, that I can't help but smile. Her writing just draws you in, and makes you feel that you can become a part of her celebration of life when you make whatever it is she provides the recipe for. The food is only the destination, and the journey she brings you on is the best part of it all.

In addition to writing here on HubPages, she has a gardening blog, and she is a published author of a book called "The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Fruits and Berries". To see the article she wrote about the process of writing a book, check out the link below.

Some of the Topics Seafarer Mama Writes About

 
 
 
Inspirational Stories
Relationships
Arts and Crafts
Parenting
Poetry
Travel Writing
Nature/Gardening
Food
Writing
Cohousing
Homeschooling
Kid's Book Reviews
Labyrinths
 
 

Time Flies!

Time went by so fast, and before I knew it, the week Karen was going to be in the area during the daytime was almost here. We sent a few messages back and forth on different hubs, but we didn't pin down an exact date. Once the week arrived, I decided that either Thursday or Friday would work, since I had those days off from work. In the end, we met on a Friday.

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We relaxed in the Boston Common for about an hour

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June 21, 2013

The first day of Summer was sunny, in the late 70s, and breezy. Nearly a perfect day, in my opinion. I called the phone number Karen gave me, and let her know I was on my way. Then I hopped onto a bus. The transportation system in Boston is stellar. You can get along very well without a car, and it's relaxing to sit back and let someone else do the driving. No worries about the traffic, or finding a parking spot at your destination!

I got to Park Street a few minutes early, and had time to walk around and enjoy the beautiful weather. I observed all of the little booths not far from the subway station. You can buy all sorts of Boston shirts and hats, different types of food, ice cream, and a myriad of other things. It has the feel of a festival. There were people all over the place, but it is a big area, so it doesn't feel crowded.

I met Karen right at 12:30, when her lunch break started. We greeted each other, and walked toward the Boston Common. We wandered around for a few minutes, chatting about Boston and HubPages. We meandered on a walkway, and passed the Parkman Bandstand, a place that sometimes holds plays that are free to the public. Since she has lived in the area before, she shared some of her memories with me.

When we found a bench partially in the shade, we sat down. We spent most of the next 50 minutes just talking.

The difference between interacting online and seeing someone in real life is that you can say a lot more in a period of time using the spoken word than you can the written word. Also, you get to see them in real time. Since you are in the same environment, you see and experience many of the same things, but with your own individual viewpoint. This chance to meet a fellow writer was priceless. I got to see what she looks like, see her smile and her expressions, hear her laugh, and note what her voice sounds like. Even though I only saw her for about an hour, it was long enough for me to have an idea of what she is like. When I "see" her online now, I have a bigger picture of what she is like. The pieces of the puzzle are more complete.

Now that I have met her, and talked to her, who is Seafarer Mama? She is a wonderful woman who seems like a fantastic mother and a devoted wife. She is sweet, and nurturing. She is thoughtful, and a delight to talk to. We spent time talking about our lives, of HubPages, and our other writing experiences. We talked about our communities, and education. She homeschools her daughter, and I was homeschooled when I was younger, so that was an interesting topic. We talked about public transportation. She works in Boston for about one week per year, and while she works there, she has a commute that makes my 2 1/2 hour roundtrip travel on workdays seem quick! Karen is the kind of woman that I would love to have as a neighbor.

Before we knew it, the hour was nearly over, and we had to start walking back to her office. We had such a wonderful time getting to know each other, and it was a little sad for it to end. If given the time, I am sure we could have talked for much longer! But even though the visit was through, we can still communicate online, and who knows, maybe we will be able to meet again!

Boston Common is a Large Park in the City

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An envelope of sunflower seeds from Karen, complete with artwork!
An envelope of sunflower seeds from Karen, complete with artwork! | Source
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Sunflowers

The week before we planned on meeting, she wrote a video hub on sunflowers. She shows us how to plant them, and what the many benefits are. I think sunflowers are very cheerful, and I love eating the seeds. I almost always have them on hand, and love to sprinkle them over salads, yogurt, cereal, or just toss a handful in my mouth. They are so tasty and nutritious.

Since she knew that I like sunflowers, she was sweet enough to pack up an envelope of fresh seeds for me! She gave it to me right at the end of our visit, and I appreciated it very much!

Van Gogh ~ In His Own Words

Meeting Fellow Writers

Would you like to meet anyone from HubPages? Many people say that it would be nice, but then don't do much about it. If you really want to meet people, make it happen! How could you go about doing that?

  • In a forum, ask if anyone wants to meet
  • Look for existing gatherings. The Meetup site I provided a link to is a great place to start
  • If you are going on a business meeting or trip of some kind, and know someone on HubPages that you would like to meet in that area, suggest it to them

Farewell!

Thank you for reading my article on this wonderful meeting with Karen. If you ever happen to be in Boston, and want to meet for a coffee or lunch, or even a walk through the park, let me know!

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so if you like this hub, or have anything you would like to say, feel free to comment. Have a fabulous day!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      That is fantastic that you got to meet a fellow hubber. I am sure that hour went too quick. As you say though, perhaps you two can meet again.

      I will need to check out her hubpage soon.

      Thanks for the wonderful write up.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very exciting. I have met one other Hubber so far but I hope to meet many more. I have a dream of taking a roadtrip and meeting as many of you as possible. I hope it works out.

      Well done, Kathryn, and I'm very happy that you had this opportunity.

      Have a great Sunday.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      WND,

      It sure was a great experience.

      Good, I hope you have the chance to check her page out sometime.

      You're welcome, and thanks for taking the time to read and comment! Have a wonderful weekend, and good luck on the last day of your challenge.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Bill,

      It's nice that you have met another hubber before. I like your idea of going on a road trip someday! Wow, that would make for a spectacular hub. If you do that, I will go out of my way to meet you. And you know you're always welcome to visit us.

      I would love to make a trip to your neck of the woods. It looks beautiful, but it's so far away. If Andy and I ever do a trip out West, I'll be sure to convince him to go there.

      Thanks, Bill, I'm glad I had the opportunity, too.

      Have a wonderful Sunday, too, and thanks for commenting despite the fact it's the weekend. I appreciate it.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      You are the bomb... and I mean that in the awesomest way possible! Oh, how I adored this hub! How cool, how cool is that? I am still shocked and pleasantly surprised how many people I have met and truly consider friends on HP... oh there are so many people I would just love to meet in 'real life'. How great of you to highlight your hubber and no real life friend, Seafarer Mama! I will most definitely have to check her out!

      Up and all kinds of stuff ~ Sharing too!

      Cat

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Kat, I'm glad you enjoyed it. It was so cool to meet a fellow writer from here on HubPages! If only you lived just a little closer, I would meet you :)

      Yeah, there are many people in this community I would love to meet. And maybe someday I will. I always try to keep my eye out for opportunities.

      Have a fantastic weekend! I need to get up fairly early, so I should go to bed :(

      ~ Kathryn

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      Ahhh, midnight already, how'd that happen? I'll just have to keep my eye out for reasons to head Boston-way!

      Definitely, very cool! Some day, I'm sure I'll meet up with a hubber or two!

      Have a wonderful night's sleep and a great rest of the weekend!

      Cat

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      What a lovely post and delighted the two of you got to meet in person! I love Seafarer Mama's work and this has reminded a visit is long overdue to her work. I am a HUGE sunflowers AND Van Gogh fan. Sunflowers are probably my favorite flower and top of my list to grow in Italy as the fields of sunflowers there never fail to make me emotional. I visited the Van Gogh museum and gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and spent hours there. I have several books on the artist so yes, I am a fan! I hope that in the future I do get to meet fellow hubbers and when we move will have accommodation for any friends keen for a vacation in Italy!! Kathryn you are always welcome!

      Great post, Voted up ++++ shared!! pinned to hubpages.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kathryn, I have met one hubber till now personally and I can feel how much joy it gives to meet someone whose work one has been reading. I can feel it was sheer joy for you to have met Karen.

      Voting this hub up, beautiful and sharing it.

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      Gypsy48 3 years ago

      Lovely hub Kathryn, how nice that you met with Karen. You seem like a very outgoing and friendly person that myself and I am sure many others would like to meet someday. Hope you get to meet more hubbers along the way. Voted up and awesome.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Some times things seem like they are just the way they are supposed to be. How wonderful. You really do write a nice story.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat,

      Hahaha, you could probably tell I was tired, because I called you Kat!!! What was I thinking?! My eyes were struggling to stay up, because I got up earlier than I normally do on a weekend.

      Thanks. I hope your weekend is going well. Mine is. We had a fried of ours over (he's actually Andy's sister's husband's brother, and even though he's an in-law of Andy's sister, he is just like part of the family). Tom came over at 8:30, so we got up at 7:30 or so to get ready. He was here for several hours, and we all chatted, had pizza and boneless chicken and jalapeno poppers, and then the guys played a computer game for a while before Tom left. It was fun! We don't have visitors very often.

      Midnight comes fast, doesn't it?!

      Have a good evening. Meow! Lol.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Suzie, I love sunflowers and Vincent van Gogh, too! It's great that you have been to the museum. I haven't, but I have browsed books of his artwork, and I love it.

      It'll be nice when you're in Italy, and you can have visitors. I will keep that in mind if we ever get the chance to make our way over there!

      It was very nice to meet Karen. She is just as nice as she seems online.

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting. Have a great Sunday evening!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rajan, it's nice that you have met one Hubber. It's a great experience. I had a great time meeting Karen.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, as well as for voting and sharing it. Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Gypsy, it was very nice to meet Karen, and it would be great to meet other people within this community someday! Thanks for your nice comments, and for the votes. Have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eric, thanks, I'm glad you like my story. I appreciate that you took the time to grace my page with your presence. Have a wonderful night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      Wow, Kathryn. I'm blushing! What a beautiful hub, and I thank you for the kind tribute to our meeting that you put together here. I hope that I am able to reciprocate soon.

      This hub was so fun...I just love the way you incorporated the elements you wove together: Writing... Boston...Sunflowers and van Gogh!

      Also, I am grateful to our fellow hubbers for their kind responses.

      Sweet hub that made my day! :0)

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      How awesome to meet up with a fellow hubber in your area! Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Okay Kathryn, I can’t hold my tongue this time! Lol… I did notice you called me Kat, as I believe we’ve talked before about how people always want to spell our names wrong :D. I thought about busting your chops and insinuating you had come up with a new nickname for yourself… but I figured, she’s tired… I’ll leave her alone. So now, I’m reading along and see you mention you had something fried… I thought, ‘Yum, another one of her delicious recipes?’ You know, some kind of an intro or something! Ha ha ha… then I read the rest of the sentence and realized you had family/friends over! …. Then back to food! Yummy Food! Now that I’m done picking on ya, it sounded like a heck of a weekend!

      I’m still laughing though! Ha ha…. Meow!

      Cat

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen, I'm really glad you like it! At first I wasn't sure exactly what the topic would be, although I had a few ideas of what to use in it. As I put it together, I had more ideas, and I spent time making sure I got the right information about everything. It was fun to write, and to incorporate everything together.

      I liked the other writers' responses, too. They're great :)

      I'm so glad this made your day! Have a fantastic afternoon!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Rose, it was pretty awesome! You're welcome, and I hope you have a fantastic day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Cat, yes, I remember the conversation we had about spelling names wrong. And it isn't like "cat" is hard. It's easier than "kat", actually. I have been called Kat before, but it would be pretty bad to talk to myself on HubPages. I mean, it's acceptable to talk to yourself in the privacy at home, but anyone who carries on a written conversation to themselves has a few screws loose, I think. LOL.

      Aww, I didn't mean to disappoint you about the food. I will have a recipe or two up sooner or later. Although nothing too decadent, unless it's one I made in the past. I am trying to be good. Yesterday was a bit of a splurge, but I didn't overeat the food.

      It was a great weekend.

      I figured that the two of us "cats" should be able to communicate with meows and purrs. LOL.

      Have a great Monday! Hey, it is almost the 4th. I hope you do something fun! Or else just relax. That's always good.

      Meooooowwwwrrrr!

      ~Kathryn

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Kathryn,

      It's even funnier now, after your explanation! Ha ha! For the record, I'm never disappointed! However, I am happy to hear I can look forward to a recipe in the near future! Purrrrrrrrrfect! :D

      Yes, the 4th... I might be going away for a family reunion to my childhood camp... if I do, I'm sure I could write a hub about it! Ha ha

      I'm guessing you'll be doing some picnicking or BBQing... or something, something with a smile! :D

      Meow... lol

      Cat

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      Kathryn,

      It's so nice to hear that you have met a fellow hubber. It must have been exciting for you two. I'll check Seafarer Mama's hubs. I think I have read some of her hubs before, but I'm not sure. She sounds a very interesting woman to me. Thanks for sharing this hub. I enjoyed reading it.

      BTW, I love sunflowers and Van Gogh, too. I hope I can visit his museum this time here in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      It's a great museum. I was there in the spring of 1986, when I was traveling Europe during a 3-week break from classes in Galway Ireland ~ my year abroad. ~:0)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Thelma,

      It was exciting! And she is interesting. And since you like sunflowers and Van Gogh, you're bound to enjoy some of her hubs.

      I hope you get the chance to visit the Van Gogh museum. That would be a great experience, and since you live there, you may as well!

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen,

      It must have been great to travel in Europe. I cannot imagine going to school in Ireland. That must have been a priceless experience! The only time I have been out of this country was when Andy and I went on a cruise to the Caribbean a few years ago, a few months after we met. I have never been to Europe, but I hope to someday.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Cool! I'm enjoying the experience with both of you. All the best for your relationship going forward!

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      What a wonderful hub to read and I'm delighted to hear you met a fellow hubber. It must have been a great experience. As I have only been around here for about 4 months I haven't got to know Karen aka Seafarer Mama yet. I will check out her profile now. Thank you for sharing this interesting story.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MsDora,

      I'm glad you're enjoying the experience with us! It was nice to share this story, and write about Karen. Thank you very much! Have a great day.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Janet,

      I'm glad you enjoyed reading this.

      It's amazing how many people are in this community! No matter how social you are, it's impossible to know everyone.

      You're welcome, and thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Have a fantastic day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      epigramman 3 years ago

      This is really a beautiful, lovely , life affirming story of how two people can meet online through a place like the Hub and then meet in the flesh and face to face. And what makes this whole experience so awesome my Kathryn of Kool is your very unique, personal and special writing style always makes your readers feel like 'they're with you every step of the way.'

      Yes our holiday was on Monday and it felt more like Labor day than Canada day in terms of the cooler weather but in the last 2 days the heat, the sun and the humidity is back and why not because summer is short enough.

      I hope all is well with you as I just came out of the water and I am having a nice cuppa tea and Happy fourth of July to you tomorrow and please have a wonderful day.

      Sending big Canadian hugs to you from Colin and his cats Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 3:26pm

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Colin,

      Thanks, it makes me very happy that you like my writing style, and feel like you were there with me.

      Sometimes a Labor Day feel in the middle of the heat is a relief. But we definitely need to enjoy the Summer while it is here! It seems like the shortest season of the year.

      I just had some tea, too. I came in from the sticky outdoors, enjoyed my air conditioner and had a delicious salad and eggs for lunch, and then relaxed for a bit in the tub, with my cup of Pomegranate Green Tea and a magazine. It was almost like swimming, except the bathtub is not big enough for that! Lol.

      I'm sending big American hugs back to the three of you.

      As always, thanks for coming here to comment. I feel like I have just had a nice visit with a friend! Have a wonderful night, and I will enjoy my 4th of July. I'm not doing anything particular, but I have the next 4 days off.

      ~ Kathryn

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      mjkearn 3 years ago

      Hi Kathryn

      Apologies for being late to the party. It's been a lot mad lately. Lovely story and great example of the good in the HP community.

      The Park looks fabulous and I know someone else who shares a passion for sun flowers.

      So that SuzieHQ is responsible for bringing people together. You gotta watch that one, LOL.

      I would offer to meet people but then I don't think it's fair to make people scared and nervous, LOL.

      Have a great day.

      MJ.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      MJ,

      Don't worry, the party is still here! I have noticed you have been putting out quite a few hubs lately, and I'm impressed. I am going to check more of them out this weekend. I am late to a few of yours!

      The park is very pretty, although I didn't see the whole thing. It's nice that the city has so many "green" places to go to, so I won't get overwhelmed by all of the big buildings.

      Haha, yes, gotta watch Suzie! Until I got ready to write this hub, I didn't remember where I had first seen Seafarer Mama, so it was interesting to recall that it was from Suzie's page. I'm sure I saw her a few times here and there before then, too.

      You are too funny, MJ. I'm sure many people would not be afraid or nervous about meeting you... it would just be hit or miss. Some people would be thrilled! But then again, you wouldn't want to meet someone who's a little too eager!

      I hope you have a great day, too. It's nice to see you here!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Karen wrote a hub on our visit, too. I added the link on the bottom of this article. It's so much fun to think back onto that day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Karen Szklany Gault 3 years ago from New England

      ....and I just added a link to this one on mine. ~:0)

      Karen

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Yay! Thanks, Karen!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful and thank you so much for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Eddy,

      Thanks, I'm glad you like. It was a fun experience, and writing about it just added to the feeling.

      Have a wonderful day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      What fun this is. I would love to meet a fellow hubber but so far the opportunity has not presented itself. I enjoyed so much reading of your meeting with Seafarer Mama. We do get to know each other on HubPages by visiting in comments or fanmail tu real time visits are the best.

      It gives a whole new dimension to a relationship.

      Thank you for sharing your visit with us.

      Angels are on the way this morning. ps

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      What a beautiful tribute to Seafarer Mama! I enjoyed your account of your meeting in Boston...I felt like I was there with you...and am glad you found a friend with whom you have so much in common. It's so true, talking to someone in real life is so much better than just chatting online. I'll check her profile out now...thank you!

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      PS,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this. It was fun to write, and meeting Karen was so cool! I hope I get the chance to meet others over time.

      I hope you get the chance to meet someone at some point. It is a great opportunity, when it presents itself.

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Vespawoolf,

      Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

      It's great to meet someone in real life. It causes me to see a different aspect of her, and see what she looks like, and talk more in depth.

      You're welcome, and I hope you enjoy her page. She writes a lot of great pieces, and she has such a sweet personality.

      Have a fantastic weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      What a fabulous hub, Kathryn. I've enjoyed Seafarer Mama's work, and love her tagline. You've done an outstanding job writing about her, your meeting, and some of the surprises that came along, (the sunflower seeds). I loved the photos-very clear and bright. Thanks for sharing this. UP/U/A/I and shared.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      That is so cool that you guys got to meet in real life. This is such a nice and sweet story. It is different when you see someone in person and nice that the connection was still there.

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Denise,

      Thanks, I appreciate it. This hub was fun to put together, and it was a great experience to meet a fellow hubber. I'm glad you already enjoy her work. She is a wonderful woman!

      Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment, and have a wonderful night.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Truthfornow,

      It was incredibly cool! Seeing someone in real life puts a completely different spin on getting to know them, and I am glad that we were able to connect in person. Now I think of her whenever I am in the Boston Common, too.

      Have a wonderful week!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Kathryn, what a great hub! Now I feel like I know Seafarer Mama, too. I will go check out her hubs, as well. This year, I had the opportunity to meet fellow hubber, Carol777. It was great and we are planning on more meets in the future. We are only a few hours away from eachother but with hectic schedules....

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Well, this is an older hub. But, it was a nice read. I enjoy hearing stories of people meeting friends from HP in person. :)

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Btrbell,

      I thought I responded to you months ago, but I don't see a response. I am so sorry!

      I remember reading about your own experience meeting a fellow Hubber, and it was inspiration for my own meet.

      It's nice that Carol is a reasonable distance from you. I hope to meet another fellow Hubber that lives in CT sometime. It's nice to meet those we see online.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and I hope you're having an enjoyable Spring.

      ~ Kathryn

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Shanmarie,

      I enjoy these kind of stories, too, and hope to make more. I enjoy meeting people I interact with online, especially fellow writers. I hope you get to experience it sometime, too.

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, and have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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