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The women (and man!) of YAAPS

March 2nd, 2010 · No Comments · Book Writing

Back in the early beginnings of this new thing called the internet when few people had those huge monstrosities called computers, message boards were born.  Lists and groups of organized posts became threads for discussion, became tools for communicating, bonding, and learning.  This was a new frontier, open-ended space if you will, and it was thrilling for some of us.  Others, like my husband, didn’t embrace this new world.  Ed used to tease me that I was interacting with “bots” or something and he’d tell me, “You know there’s not really people in that black box you’re typing on right?”  I suppose on some level, he was right.

But we formed those threads and lists anyway and it gradually became more.  We call them communities.  Little virtual communities which can, and have, impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined.  We shared experiences.  We shared knowledge.  We shared, and caused, more pain than real life can hold.  We learned and we evolved.  I played my role.  I formed the person I am today with the help of these communities.  While it sounds a little crazy, it has become reality.  And while I belong to many such communities, YAAPS holds a room of it’s own in my hallway of rooms.

This group, unlike the others, has become real to me.  I’ve actually met some of these members, talked with many by phone, and have learned so much from them.  The knowledge base this group provides never ceases to astound me.  Whether it’s recipes, funny stories, issues with children, or medical questions, this group is the place to start.  Some of us have been together for over 10 years now and have settled into relationships like marriages can become — comfortable, reliable, warm and friendly.  I’ve learned so much about myself with the help of this group and they’ll help me yet again, I have no doubt.

They’ll take my phone calls, they’ll let me bounce ideas, and they’ll critique with honesty whatever I put to them.  It’s a ready-made study group, a ready-made group of editors, and a great focus group.  I must remember to thank them.

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