My goal on Wednesday: Prepare for a family gathering at my house over the weekend, including children, grandchildren, brothers, nephews, daughters and sisters-in-law. As bedtime approached, however, I realized that I was thinking more about my Activerain family.
Activerain.com is still the screen that pops up in front of my face every time I turn on my computer, even though I've rarely posted lately. I do read a few posts every day and comment occasionally, and last week I was specifically looking for storm updates from my Activerain friends who were threatened by Hurricane Matthew.
The first post that grabbed my eye on Thursday, however, was one by Steve Shatsky announcing that Karen Anne Stone had passed away. Karen Anne and I made it a point to get together for dinner when I was in the Dallas-Fort Worth area a few years ago. She was looking forward to her 65th birthday so that she would be eligible for Medicare, because she was uninsured and had health problems that she couldn't afford to address. After that conversation, I never took my health care for granted again and I've literally thought about her every single time I've gone to the doctor since that day.
Then I scrolled down to see Margaret Rome's announcement of posting 3,000 blogs to Activerain. She puts me to shame, since I was ahead of her in Maryland rankings at one point, and she long ago left me far behind. For most of our friendship, we shared the title "Margaret in Maryland" - but that doesn't fit me any more, as I am now "Margaret in Delaware but still working with former clients and referrals in Maryland." LOL. TOM (The Other Margaret) and I do talk from time to time, but not often enough.
The family gathering at my house over the weekend was a huge success, but I'm also glad that I stopped in to Activerain for a visit. It reminded me of how much I treasure the Activerain friendships formed over the past ten years. You taught me how to use technology in my business, you introduced me to many different areas of the country through posts about your markets, you shared with me your opinions, knowledge, and even personal lives. Thank you!
The Activerain community truly is a second family.