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Reaching Out to James Dray

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Reaching Out to James Dray


For more years than I can remember, I began my ActiveRain reading by getting inspiration and knowledge from Wayne Martin, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, and James Dray.


While I continue to exercise my dendrites thanks to Wayne, I miss Paul and James.

James Dray and I’ve connected before. My mother’s family is from Arkansas, where James lives. Another connection we have is law enforcement. His last position was as the Deputy Sheriff for Benton County, AR. When he retired, needed something to do so in 2008, he began his real estate career. ( I have several family members who serve here in Houston.) 

I love this line that James has on his Facebook page…

“Law enforcement taught me honesty...
real estate is where I practice it"


I spoke to James today. His last post was about John Marshall on 10/31/2022.  James wrote about historical people, and motivational topics, and increased our vocabulary. 


His reasons for backing away from ActiveRain are many but one might be that he is now the
state Broker for Fathom Realty for five states…Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Iowa! 


Oh yes, he also has 19 great-grandchildren!!! 


Besides being the State Broker he also babysits on occasion!!!


James has thought about coming back to ActiveRain and says he has some posts written but never posted them. In the early days of our Zoom calls James was there. 

I suggested that he join us on a Zoom call to discuss Arkansas and why it could be a great retirement location for the many Boomers! 

He’s going to think about it but let’s see if we can’t get James to get back on ActiveRain. 


This is for
April's ActiveRain Reconnection Rally - Bring Back the Spark!🌟 hosted by Debe Maxwell and Brad Andersohn. I hope that you'll pick up the phone and reach out to one of our members!!!

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Comments(37)

Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Afternoon Kathy Streib 

It was quite a surprise to see James reply to your post. Thanks for reaching out to him; AND Hey, James Dray!

Apr 05, 2024 10:33 AM
Kathy Streib

Doug Dawes great shout out to James Dray The best way to get us off his back is to come back!

Apr 05, 2024 04:45 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I always enjoyed reading his posts, they were interesting and often surprising. It does sound as if James Dray has his hands full, but stopping by occasionally couldn't hurt. Hope to see him on a Zoom call or a post or two soon.

Apr 05, 2024 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 He does!  I too am hoping that he'll stop by our Zoom call and maybe even share information about Arkansas. 

Apr 05, 2024 04:47 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy sounds like James has a lot on his plate.  The 19 grand-kids alone would be a full time job.  ☺️

Apr 05, 2024 03:46 PM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I know!!! I wouldn't be able to remember their names!!!!

Apr 05, 2024 07:44 PM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

James is a awesome guy and certainly a very busy one as always! Even a zoom call would be SO GREAT JAMES! We'd love to hear and see you!!

Apr 05, 2024 05:53 PM
Kathy Streib

Anna "Banana" Kruchten I agree!!! I know we can get him for a Zoom Call1!!!!  He is busy but always picks up the phone. 

Apr 05, 2024 07:46 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

James Dray was a favorite of mine as well, Kathy Streib. Perhaps he will come back, now that you have reached out to him! 🤞

Apr 05, 2024 06:52 PM
Kathy Streib

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! fingers crossed!!! How could James Dray disappoint us!

Apr 05, 2024 07:47 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You've got the spirit of this group, Kathy Streib. Congrats on the feature in BananaTude!

Apr 05, 2024 06:58 PM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! my favorite group. 

Apr 05, 2024 07:47 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kathy, I always enjoyed James' posts and comments. I hope he comes back!

Apr 05, 2024 07:13 PM
Kathy Streib

Patricia Kennedy one step at a time!!! You're back!!!!

Apr 05, 2024 07:48 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are a lot of facts about James Dray that I didn't know.  I had a smile brought to my face when I read that he was a Deputy Sheriff, and that he also babysits.

Apr 05, 2024 08:30 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat And he's still a good Southern gentleman...he says "Yes m'am"

Apr 08, 2024 06:13 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 05, 2024 08:35 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat This Old Fart thanks you. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:13 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

So Good to hear from and about you James Dray  Perfect Choice! James you could get people from all your offices to join in! And you could write one blog a week or a month to keep the spirit going! Your posts were always good to read and learn a little something in a positive way! 

Apr 05, 2024 11:13 PM
Kathy Streib

I agree Debra Leisek I loved learning something from his posts. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:14 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

James Dray looms  quite large over hour line of work and also just the motivation in the world of presentsmm.

Apr 05, 2024 11:58 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

He does have a lot on his plate, but it’s always worth reaching out because you’re always better off than the person that doesn’t reach out. Take the chance.

Apr 05, 2024 11:59 PM
Kathy Streib

Laura Cerrano Sometimes all we need to do is pick up the phone.!!!

Apr 08, 2024 06:15 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I need to look at the list of people to call - James Dray is definitely someone I would love to hear from! or talk to.  I loved his posts! 

Apr 06, 2024 04:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe When I revisit older posts, I see comments from many members I'd love to see back here. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:19 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

There are so many people I miss from AR.  There was a gal named Elizabeth that I connected with back in 2008 that simply vanished.  I reached out by phone and facebook and now her profile is gone from AR and FB.  

Apr 06, 2024 12:23 PM
Kathy Streib

Tammy Lankford, I wonder what happened. Time is fleeting and we need to make a better effort at keeping in touch with others. I know I do. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:20 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

I'm glad you called  James Dray . Maybe when he realizes he has been missed, he will stop in to say hi on a Tuesday Zoom call.

Apr 06, 2024 07:05 PM
Kathy Streib

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 I hope so. He did attend when we started. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:21 PM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

I'm so happy to hear that James is well! He was the first Active Rain blog for me in starting my day. I'd love to have him come back as well! James Dray and Wayne Martin in the morning for brain exercise would be perfect

Apr 07, 2024 04:03 AM
Kathy Streib

Barbara Tattersall I couldn't agree more. Add Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS for is motivational quotes and it was the best way to begin the day. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:22 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kathy Streib I am glad to know James Dray doing well, and hopefully he will post more soon. 

Apr 07, 2024 03:58 PM
Kathy Streib

So am I John Pusa I miss his posts. 

Apr 08, 2024 06:22 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I miss those good old days also. Thanks for the mention my friend Kathy Streib 

Apr 07, 2024 08:37 PM
Kathy Streib

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I just picked myself off the floor when I saw your comment!!!!! You are missed. Tried to call you the other day...

Apr 08, 2024 06:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The RIGHT CHARLOTTE REALTOR!

Hi Kathy! WOW! I loved reading your post and hearing that you reached out to James! He is sorely missed here and how wonderful it would be if he returned - even for just the Zoom calls and a post each week! 

Thank you for being one of the first entries in this month's challenge. See you tomorrow! 😘

Apr 08, 2024 09:36 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I do remember him and having read some of his posts. He developed his retirement job into quite a commitment.

Apr 27, 2024 05:29 AM