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December 12, 2016



Thanks for the thoughtful post. It's important to remember things like this to appreciate the people who are currently in our lives.

Charlaine Harris

That's certainly the mood I was in, Mark. This is serious stuff.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Yes. Sometimes when I look at the night sky...

Joanna Campbell Slan

I've come to believe that there's a backstory to everything and everyone. And yes, people can be amazingly awful. Oddly enough, those same people can turn around and do something amazingly kind, too.

Elaine Viets

It's 80 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale, but I'm feeling wintry, too, Charlaine. I've lost too many good friends, and others are very sick. And yes, I'm grateful for their friendship, but their loss leaves a big hole my life. Like any writer, I can create people. But the ones who are here are far more interesting -- and surprising -- than anyone I can invent.

Karen in Ohio

It seems that most of us have at least one time in our lives when the mounting losses seem overwhelming. But many would not choose to believe they could learn anything from such accumulation of loss. Brava, for the introspection that led to your expanded understanding of life, Charlaine.

Lee Lofland

Hi Charlaine. Great article. As a former police detective, it was part off my job to sit across the table from some of the worst criminals you could imagine, to hopefully garner confessions. To do so successfully it was imperative that I see past those unlikeable or even repellant exteriors. The same was true when working undercover assignments. It was often necessary to look deep inside a person to learn what makes them tick and to learn and adapt mannerisms that could me help fit in.

During the course of "learning people" it became easier to see their needs and troubles, and sometimes those moments helped me find an alternative to jail, such as helping find and secure a job, a home, or even something as simple as a meal. Sometimes, and you never know when, those things helped to steer someone in a better direction.

By the way, I just sent a message to you via your Facebook page.

Charlaine Harris

Thanks to all of you for thinking about my rambling ideas. Lee, I don't know how you did it, and I applaud you.
Karen, I believe if you don't learn from your misfortunes and mistakes, you are a poor excuse for a human being.
Elaine, I agree with you. Some of the people I've met, and some my children have met, make the people I invent simply pale in comparison.
Joanna, it's true the sulkiest people can do something really amazing. I remember writer who treated me with condescension and contempt. Later on, several people told me how generous he had been with his time and support for them. Go figure!

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