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Bob McMillanAn Opinion

By Bob McMillan
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Response from a Reader

It is not unusual for me to get emails from readers, particularly when the column is somewhat controversial or hits the positive or negative nerve of a reader. And the comments come from around the world. It has been amazing to me how the Internet has so much of an impact on our lives.

Over the last few years, I have heard from people in Australia about my columns dealing with China and from Chinese people in Shanghai about charitable giving. Depending on the subject, people from all over the United States respond to various columns. Some may have lived on Long Island and visit the Anton website while others visit my website where there is a direct link to each week’s column. In addition, many emails come from people who are using the computer for research with the subject matter bringing one of my columns to their attention.

Now, let me discuss with you one of the responses to my recent column entitled, “Some Every Day Adages.”

Back in around 2001, Richard Siegelman was a teacher of the third-grade in the Oyster Bay-Norwich School District. He asked me to come to his school and provide his third graders with a talk about the Panama Canal. I was delighted to do so.

Periodically, after my presentation, Richard would email me about one of my columns. Through the emails, we kept in touch over the years. Now retired, Richard wrote to me after my “Adages” column appeared a few weeks ago. “Nothing happens in life unless you show up” was the subject of his email.

The text of his message was to the point. “So how about Ben’s Deli on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset?”

My response was simple and we got together at the beginning of September for lunch. There was no agenda. We just talked about the past and the fun I have in writing this column each week. In addition to a review of the past, Richard wrote out a list of 12 “sayings” he likes to use. The one which had me really think said, “If your ship hasn’t come in, swim out to it!”

There is no doubt in my mind that Richard had to be a creative teacher, and he still loves to write. We had an interesting luncheon, and it was nice to know that someone really looks forward to my columns each week – beyond my wife.

In addition to showing up, there is one other important aspect to this old adage. When showing up, “the challenge is deciding where it is best to show up.”

One thing you can be sure of. I was glad to show up at Ben’s Deli to have lunch with Richard Siegelman.

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