Friday, September 18, 2009


I just got off the phone with an old friend. We had not talked for 32 years. I called her out of the blue because Mary of Peter, Paul and Mary had just died and I realized that one of the last times I had seen her we went to a Peter Paul and Mary concert at Wells College in Auroa, New York.

Frankly it made my day not because Sue is still one of the most positive people I know, but it was fun to reconnect. So I thought what about reconnecting with other people I had not seen in a long time and write about it.

I am still working on the criteria for reaching out, but here are some thoughts:

  1. No contact with the person for the last ten years.
  2. Call them out of the blue.
  3. Find out what they are doing
  4. Write about what you learned from each of these people.

They do not have to be an old friend (talking to old rivals sometimes can be just as fun). The idea is to reconnect and figure out their impact on me(and others).

Where does the title of this blog come from? At the end of every Lassie episode, the father would put his arm around the main character, a 10 year old named Timmy, and say something like “You see Timmy-this is why you never make pets of wild animals” It was always some moral-some truth that he learned (we learned) in the episode.

For those of you who were not brought up on television in the 60’s Lassie was about a Timmy and his dog Lassie who had all sorts of improbable adventures, they had some moral or truth.

Every person we meet and build relationships with have something to tell us about the episode on our lives, whether it be a first love, hated boss, or someone who you went to a concert with 32 years ago.

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