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Small World
By Flying Fox AKA Ted L Glines
Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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Beware -- if you write something -- someone might read it!

Small World
by Ted L Glines

From out of the ever-dimming past, this one comes. I have just received a message from Joan Parazette. Joan is the daughter of the late Selkirk Bell Parazette. Selkirk was a Program Lt. at the California Medical Facility (CMF) about three decades ago in Vacaville, California. Lt. Parazette sponsored the Pen & Pencil Set, our inmate writers' group. He always did everything possible to help "his" convicts to develop their talents and become better people. I got my writing start in the Pen & Pencil Set and even  managed to become its president and editor of its literary magazine. It was Lt. Parazette who was my mentor in those days when I was making important decisions in my life.

Not long ago, I wrote a short piece about CMF and mentioned Selkirk. What are the odds against Lt. Parazette's daughter happening onto Authors Den and reading it? But, she did, and I will share her message with you:

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dear mr. glines, it was quite nice to read about my father, selkirk parazette. i remember him as a rather taciturn fellow, more at home with his books and as one who related better to his 'clients'than his children. he often took us for dinner at CMF and traded 'dictionary & encyclopedia' talk with the waiters before disappearing into the kitchen to continue the word games and more often, recipes. he was a terrific cook. we all loved him dearly. and yet, neither my sister and brother or i never felt smart enough nor as capable as some of the men he knew behind the bars. and of course none of us are as smart as he. Dad would take us, when still children, into the back streets of californian cities and look for former prisoners. i'd stand, at first feeling somewhat uncomfortable as they chatted and then as a teen began to listen with interest. he died when i was thirty-five, after a lengthy and terrible illness. he refused pain-killers as they interfered with reading, preferring words to drugs. Dad was politically and socially liberal as long as we did not partake in many of those causes he supported. he was a wonderful writer as well, churned out stories by the dozens and receiving a letter from him was the best one could hope for. whenever he wrote his sisters or my older brother we'd steal the letter before mailing and laugh and wonder that we had actually lived through the events he recollected. i think he would have liked that bottle of yours hidden above his desk. by the way, his favorite drink was wild turkey and every holiday he would cook the turkey, make his delicious and dry stuffing, cheesecake and fresh coconut cakes - always splashing wild turkey into whatever was on the stove, in the oven and then splashing a little more into the cook. thanks again, joan

Message sent by joan c parazette

Isn't that nice! Across all those decades of time and change, a most unexpected and pleasant blast from the past. And I almost missed it. I had been on AD earlier and had accidentally deleted Joan's message. Luckily, the message also arrived in my email! As to how Joan found the piece which mentioned her father? If she googled "selkirk parazette," that writing came up on top of the first page (I checked). Pretty cool!


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Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 3/25/2008
Yes, Tedders...The internet is probably the most valuable tool we have now, to bring the past and present together and get back to us...I wrote in 'Listen to the Whispers, Part II" how I found the man
who lived in my childhood home, before I the poem, "Woodlane farm" I had mentioned, in retrospect, how I envisioned the farmer who planted the seeds to the apple trees that lined both sides of our lane...It was his father who planted them and my poem brought him into a pleasant state of shock! As was I! :)
This is so cool!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/25/2008
It is sometimes hard to remember that when we post on the internet the vast space we are covering and offering our work to. It is only in experiences like this we truly appreciate the power of the pen combined with the power of the PC

Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/25/2008
Do good and one day you will hear about it somehow.
And what a better tribute that letting know someone dear to them that you appreciated their living?
Coincidence? I don't think so, it will be saying that the man provoking a snow avalanche was taken just by coincidence.


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