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Feb 12Liked by Susan Gabriel, Author

Hello. I have been “writing to you” in my head- for years. I am excited for you.

I very much enjoy the sense of place in your writing.

I am an artist and must send you a card/book I wrote some years ago. It is on its way to you this week. Do message me your address. I think I have it but would love to confirm it. You have my e-mail.

I am excited for you!

Don’t worry - it is not big or heavy! I love the alphabet!

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Feb 10Liked by Susan Gabriel, Author

Sounds perfect! We bought our house in Brevard in 2006 and have witnessed SO many changes there and in Asheville. Just before COVID, we moved to a retirement community in Columbus, NC, which has a population about 2,000. The slower pace is lovely, the people have time to be friendly, and it feels comfortable to be out and about. And thanks to the Internet (for all its flaws and frustrations) it is much easier to stay in touch with people who have touched our hearts wherever we have lived, and we are most grateful! And now I have a new mantra as I am going through boxes of memorabilia, trying to decide what to save: "If it's not 'Hell Yes!, it's a NO!"

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Feb 10Liked by Susan Gabriel, Author

My husband’s family is from Sneedsville, Tennessee and his sister lives just outside of Boone, NC in Vilas. I know this part of the country well! It is truly beautiful! Good people live there!

My husband and I recently bought a house in the Texas Hill Country. I love the deep green of the Guadalupe River; we’re close to it’s headwaters and the majestic oaks on the rolling hills! I knew we had chosen well when we we went out to dinner at a popular, local restaurant, seat yourself, was full; no table to be had! At a larger table sat a couple about our own age. The lady looked up, smiled and told us to come sit with them because they didn’t bite! Just like that! We now have two great friends!

It is a bit of an adjustment to relax enough to smile, be a bit more outgoing with strangers and realize that sweetie is just a friendly greeting from a local when you come from a city where eye contact is avoided at all cost and nobody speaks unless spoken to.

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Feb 10Liked by Susan Gabriel, Author

Love that you are moving to Jonesboro. I worked there in the later 60’ and 70’s. I just live up the road in Unicoi. You need to check out the ghost walk in Jonesboro.

Welcome to Tennessee!

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Feb 10Liked by Susan Gabriel, Author

An old Virginia boy congratulations on rediscovering what fills your eyes with calm & interest while my pleasure is reading your writings we both benefit

My favorite? Soft Ga Southern tides

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Congratulations, sounds absolutely perfect for you….

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