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Meeting Seafarer Mama in Boston
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.
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.
- The Adventure Called "Writing a Book"
An article by a published author about the process of writing a book. The featured project involved a work-for-hire relationship between the author and publisher. The journey toward publication involved sweat, tears, and the dedication of burning the
Some of the Topics Seafarer Mama Writes About
Arts and Crafts
Kid's Book Reviews
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
Boston Common and Other Places of Interest
- Boston Common, Boston Commons, The Boston Common | TheFreedomTrail.org
Learn more about the Boston Common on the Freedom Trail, The Boston Common is America's oldest public park. Did you know the Boston Commons began as a common grazing ground?
- Boston Common - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- 21 Free Things to Do in Boston
This is a list and guide of Free Things to do in Boston while visiting - the list includes museums, tours, events, entertainment, places to eat and lots more.
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
About the Parkman Bandstand
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!
- The Healing Power of Sunflowers
Sunflowers give us beauty and healing, physically and spiritually. Their seeds & petals feed us with nutrients and their countenance fills us with happiness. !n this hub is a guide to growing them.
Van Gogh ~ In His Own Words
Seafarer Mama's Article on a Book About Vincent van Gogh
- Book Review of "Leaving van Gogh" by Carol Wallace
A new novel that tells the story of Vincent van Gogh's final days in the voice of Dr. Gachet, who befriended him while he stayed at the Cafe Ravoux in Auvers, France. This book breaths fresh breath, flesh, bones, and spirit into great historical figu
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
Check Out This Inspiring Article By Relache On Meeting Fellow Writers
- Meeting Other HubPages Authors
Go from virtual to reality and learn how you can meet up with your fellow Hub authors in person! With a little effort, you can find Hub authors wherever you go!
- HubPages Meetups Everywhere - Meetup
HubPages social Meetups are a great way to meet Hubbers in your local area in person. A bit less formal than HubCamps, these meetups are purely fun and informal, but might be a great source of inside
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!
Check out Karen's hub on our meeting, to see her viewpoint:
- Meeting Kathryn Stratford in Boston
On June 21, 2013, I was pleased to meet fellow hubber Kathryn Stratford in Boston. This is the story of how we came to connect in person.
Credit to Homesteadbound
All dividers used in this hub are used with permission granted on hub, Creating Dividers to Use on Your Hubs
To learn more about the author, or read more of her works, click on http://kathrynstratford.hubpages.com