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It’s Been A Long Time Since You Sent Your Stories: Shoutout This Week To Nehal

Girl With Floating Balloons On StorybookThe shoutout this week is to a reader named Nehal, who wrote me an email:

“Hey Anita

It’s been a long time since you have sent any of your stories.

I love your stories and I am desperately looking forward to hearing from you.”

Hi Nehal! Sorry for being gone so long and leaving you all without any stories to read here.

To be honest I had fallen into a depression due to various personal things and stopped writing about stories for a while.

Which anyone who has been following this blog knows is totally crazy. Stories and writing about them have saved me more times than I can count …not to mention they were the whole reason I started this blog back in 2008.

Well I snapped out of that real quick when I read Nehal’s email and started thinking about things. I realized I needed to start exploring stories again and sharing them here like in the old days.

I actually felt a little better right away, like I had let light back into my life again or something.

Let this be a lesson to me and anyone reading this: if you are having troubles in your life you need *more* stories, not less.

Life is definitely better with stories!

xo,
Anita

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09/02/2019
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Anthony Bourdain And The Ghosts Of The Barog Tunnel: Shoutout This Week To James Yu

Anthony Bourdain the great storytellerA reader named James Yu wrote something that surprised me in the comments of the Ghost Of The Barog Tunnel Story:

“Anthony Bourdain rode the train thru Barog Tunnel. I would like to walk to Barog Tunnel by myself and see Antony and Colonel Barog having a tea.

I will seat and join them to discuss current affairs. Then ask for some matches and stick so that I can walk out of the tunnel.”

James I loved your comment, it was very poetic. And I want to thank you for bringing it to my attention that Anthony Bourdain rode through the Barog Tunnel.

I have been a fan of Anthony Bourdain for a long time now, being an admirer of how he so easily was able to show the deeper meaning of any particular location he was in. I even wrote a blog about it in 2010 wishing for his superpower.

Entrance To Haunted Barog TunnelAnd being a fan of the ghost stories surrounding the Barog Tunnel, I can’t believe I never knew that Anthony Bourdain had visited the area and had even gone through the Barog Tunnel itself. How cool.

I’m going to track down that episode where Anthony Bourdain went through the Barog Tunnel and watch it.

I’ll probably have a tear in my eye through half of it as I still can’t believe Anthony Bourdain is gone. But I’ll also have a beer in hand to raise a toast to Anthony Bourdain and his great stories!

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10/30/2018
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“Little Red Riding Hood Was My First Love”: Shoutout This Week To Charles Dickens

Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolfOkay so usually my weekly shoutouts are to readers, people who have commented on the blog or written a message or left a voicemail or something. But…

I came across this quote by Charles Dickens today and couldn’t pass it up:

”Little Red Riding Hood was my first love.

I felt that if I could have married Little Red Riding Hood, I should have known perfect bliss.”

His first love! I never thought of a fairy tale character as something that could even qualify for such a prominent position in someone’s life.

But for Charles Dickens, Little Red Riding Hood was someone who could make him the happiest person in the world.

I wish I could talk to him and ask him more about this. What was it about the story of Little Red Riding Hood and her character that connected with him so much he actually considered her his first love??

Sadly, unless I come across something by him where he’s written more on this subject I’ll never know.

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a fairy tale character comment below and tell me about it!

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10/11/2018