Laura421's Guestbook



9th August 2014

Wow that sounds fun- I bet your youngest is nice too.
2nd July 2014

Ah, Laura, good one!! Your writing fills me with so many memories of 4th celebrations years ago. In 1976, we were visiting my parents in the Philadelphia area over the 4th. It was wonderful with thousands and thousands of people celebra
ting the 200th anniversary of this wonderful country in the city where history was made. That night the fireworks were shot right above center city and it was magnificent. Everyone was laughing , cheering and clapping, and yes, hugging each other. It was a happy day
From Blog: Seeking 4th
2nd May 2014

Oh, the peepers are singing? That's wonderful!
1st May 2014

You live in a little piece of heaven! We hope to visit you one day to witness it.
24th April 2014

HI Laura, A belated Happy Birthday. I too am waiting for Spring out on the coast. There are some promising signs, daffs and tulips are up and forsythia buds are swelling. Early May is crowded for me with appointments and health care stuff.
But I could meet you in Belfast for lunch at Chases Daily on Thursday if you happen to be available. I just realized that's Mayday! Let me know if that works for you, otherwise it may be late May before we could enjoy lunch together.
From Blog: Birthday!
23rd April 2014

Happy Birthday, Laura. Congratulations on another successful trip around the sun! What adventures do you have in store for the next 365 days.? Best wishes for good health and happy trails in the days ahead.
From Blog: Birthday!
23rd April 2014

Holy bagumba! Another year around the sun in the can. I'm so glad our lives intersected during the last one. Happy birthday, Laura. May you have many, many more!
From Blog: Birthday!
23rd April 2014

Happy Birthday, Laura. I am a great believer in the importance of birthdays. In our family we often have "birth weeks" to celebrate. Our children, when they were younger, thought the July 4th fireworks were in honor of their father's bir
thday (which was on July 1st). In Chicago, we are also having a delayed spring--although Easter was delightful. Gretchen
From Blog: Birthday!
22nd April 2014

Wow! Happy birthday! You have a youngest daughter? Wow that's great. She sounds lovely. Is she nice? Does she cook good food?
From Blog: Birthday!
22nd April 2014

Happy Birthday Laura. My daughter had her 32nd on the 17th! I agree that is great to see them be self sufficient and successful as adults!
From Blog: Birthday!
24th March 2014

As a lifelong southerner I can't even imagine the magnitude of the snowscape surrounding you. But I certainly can identify with losing a beloved pet. We lost our cat, Chelsea, a few years back and I still think about her almost every day. S
he had been part of the family for 18 1/2 years. What a sweetie she was!
From Blog: Snowbound
23rd March 2014

AT long last HOME. take time to get used to it. I returned from Burma (or now called Myranmar) and had to go back to work asap. TERRIBLE. jet lag. at least you dont have that situation. enjoy getting rid of all the crap, junk , whatever you
want to call it. I am doing that exact thing also. Take care , keep up the communication.. talk to you soon Going to Honduras late July.sylvia
From Blog: Home
20th March 2014

Welcome home, Laura. I am happy that you are back and can now look forward to your next trip. Love. .
From Blog: Home
20th March 2014

So glad you are home safely. Yes, it is amazing you can arrive home safely and here comes your piece of luggage. Get on with your downsizing project...we all have too much.
From Blog: Home
20th March 2014

Believe me.. I know the feeling. When my wife and I returned from a month trip to Costa Rica with only carry on luggage - we have decided to downsize at home as well. We also have so much that we don't need. Looking forward to reading about
your next adventure... :)
From Blog: Home
20th March 2014

I woke up thinking about you this morning and wondering if you were back home safe and sound. This entry settled all of those worries. Welcome back!
From Blog: Home
17th March 2014

I can totally relate to your post. as a black woman growing up in Maine I was either invisible or way too noticiable and everyone would stare (neither of which are good things). I still feel that sometimes, even yesterday for example this o
ne girl bumped into my friend and said "sorry" and then shoved me out of the way and pretended to not notice me. I know it feels bad to have people treat you like the guide. I guess my only word of advice or whathave you is that I too used to be angry/upset/jealous that other people got more attention and were noticed but now I try to take the "forgive them as they know not what they do" approve. Your guide is probably at this point in denial or not aware of his behavior and you did everything you could to bring it to your attention.
17th March 2014

note: i meant to put "approach" not approve, but it wouldn't let me edit.
17th March 2014

Hey,Oh dear, I'm so sorry to hear that your otherwise incredible trip has been blighted by the inability of the tour guide to see beyond the attraction of one person. You're right in that it wouldn't have been so difficult if there had bee
n more people. I somehow don't think a Road Scholar trip would have been that way (I understand the vegetarian thing driving your choice). Even so, it shouldn't have been. I guess at this point it's best to think of the wonderful parts of the journey and let the others go. I do wish I could simply give you a hug and say how lovely a person I think you are. So... You are special and deserve better. I too think of myself as a much younger person than i see in the mirror and so you're not at all alone there. In the grand scheme of things, I believe you will get better acknowledgement. Well, there we are with the metaphysical stuff. Please let me know when you get back to Maine so we can meet up for lunch.
17th March 2014

Aarrrggghhh! I hate it when that feeling of invisibility rears its ugly head. I hope that writing about it has helped you get somewhat over it. You saw and experienced way too many beautiful and wonderful things to let hurt feelings mar you
r time in India. Besides, it is their loss that they didn't get to fully enjoy your company as I did on our Road Scholar trip. You are a delightful person, Laura and don't ever let this or any other experience like it get you down!
17th March 2014

It definitely was a loss on the part of your guide not to know you better. You have so much to offer and to know. Maybe it was an age thing. Maybe a culture thing...who knows but as Ken and Eva have said lean on the positive things you s
aw and did and know that you are the better person for it. I loved your company.Keep up your loving, positive attitude and ways. Be strong....you are a beautiful person. Have a safe journey home. Wish I could meet up with you for coffee.
17th March 2014

Hi Laura, The cloak of invisibility!!! I think Harry Potter got to you finally. When teacher, of a seminar speaker, or a guide, a professor, or someone who is put in a position of addressing multiple people - but - has no innate skill of be
ing able to connect with his audience - it so happens that they target and focus on one person, to the exclusion of all the others listening to him. The targeted person might feel like a favorite, a chosen individual.. and sometimes, they feel embarrassed as well because suddenly, for the speaker, no one but the targeted person exists. Sorry, you had to endure this situation. But Laura, as you know very well, you are not invisible after all. It is the other person, who is unable to see you. His problem - after all, not yours, even though you did feel bad about it. Hope this bitterness will soon be forgotten and what you will bring home with you from India are the happy memories that I trust far outnumber the ones that were not that agreeable. Love.
17th March 2014

Don't know if my comment on the "invisible person" experience was sent --I lost it. Wanted you to know how we have both enjoyed your blogs. The last one really upset me. It called back experiences I have had throughout life--during school y
ears and as an adult. Never good. Always tinged with a gut reaction that the people were being "unfair ". One of the best parts of our Road Scholar New Zealand group was its inclusive, positive, interesting and supportive people. Sorry you had this happen. You are one of those people I described above. And you are a travel adventurer to boot. It is the guides loss. Welcome home.
From Blog: The Taj
16th March 2014

I was in Agra in 2007 or 2008, Our final outing before leaving India to return to the States was to see the Taj Mahal. I thought it was magnificent.. while you were there did you get a Taj Mahal magnet? Those vendors are all over the place
. keep safe, see you soonsylvia
From Blog: The Taj
16th March 2014

Sounds lovely to some extent. Are you really and truly finally coming home?
From Blog: The Taj

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