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Jul 19, 2021 01:05:12   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Seldom do I know, nor can I know, what effect my stories have unless you as readers comment on what you’ve just read. Believe me, I know all that I write are not great, not even good, but I will never know which unless you readers give me some signals as to which is which.

So, why am I writing this essay? To solicit your cooperation in giving me feedback on what you read. Not great, say so! Factual errors? I know there are times when you think about some response and then decide against taking the time to write something. You will not hurt my feelings I have a thick skin and am soliciting your participation! Go for it!

And when you do if you can be specific in what you like and don’t like. I am a Southerner, born and lived almost all my life, so there may be some things I say that you may disagree with, please feel free to set me straight. I have lived in the North and can appreciate the differences. New Yorkers think just like Texans but that is o.k. with me.

You don’t have to be an English professor to criticize my stories. You are the judge and jury so let me know your verdict. We all learn by doing and correcting our mistakes. I have my stories and the repartee. I do not know what I would have done during our recent quarantine if I have enjoyed posting not had this source to spend my time. Thank you and God Bless all the members of the Fishing Forum. Just Sayin....RJS

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Jul 19, 2021 02:35:54   #
Jarheadfishnfool Loc: Tulare, Ca.
 
I personally Enjoy your stories Mr. Samples , I wish I could tell a story as you do with meaning! Keep it up ,I may not comment on everything you post but I do read it! Please never stop,,,,,,,,as you say just sayin,,,,

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Jul 19, 2021 07:52:01   #
Big dog Loc: Bayshore, Long Island, New York
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
Seldom do I know, nor can I know, what effect my stories have unless you as readers comment on what you’ve just read. Believe me, I know all that I write are not great, not even good, but I will never know which unless you readers give me some signals as to which is which.

So, why am I writing this essay? To solicit your cooperation in giving me feedback on what you read. Not great, say so! Factual errors? I know there are times when you think about some response and then decide against taking the time to write something. You will not hurt my feelings I have a thick skin and am soliciting your participation! Go for it!

And when you do if you can be specific in what you like and don’t like. I am a Southerner, born and lived almost all my life, so there may be some things I say that you may disagree with, please feel free to set me straight. I have lived in the North and can appreciate the differences. New Yorkers think just like Texans but that is o.k. with me.

You don’t have to be an English professor to criticize my stories. You are the judge and jury so let me know your verdict. We all learn by doing and correcting our mistakes. I have my stories and the repartee. I do not know what I would have done during our recent quarantine if I have enjoyed posting not had this source to spend my time. Thank you and God Bless all the members of the Fishing Forum. Just Sayin....RJS
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Your stories, all our stories, are what we’re here on earth for, to tell and pass on. It’s what civilization is based on.
You’re doing us all a favor with your stories. Please keep them coming.

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Jul 19, 2021 07:57:05   #
dbed Loc: Brock, Nebraska southeast Ne.
 
Your stories are great! I think many on here have stories to tell but don't have your ability to tell them

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Jul 19, 2021 13:20:02   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Dbed: Thanks! Storytellers who tell stories sharpen their skills by telling more stories. It is the same as learning to use a bait caster reel, practice, practice, etc. Just Sayinb...RJS

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Jul 19, 2021 14:22:46   #
Big A Loc: Gilbert, Arizona
 
Hi, Robert !
In case some of us have forgotten, oral traditions preceded the written word by thousands of years - passing down knowledge and information
to younger generations by 'word of mouth' has been around since the cavemen first developed language, and if Neanderthals are any type of indication/example, probably long before language as well, as they had their own form of communication !

Tribes back then had storytellers to
pass information along, then in the middle ages they had bards and minstrels to pass along stories/
family histories ! Oral traditions have been around since the dawn of man, so keep on telling your stories -
we'll listen to/read them !

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Jul 19, 2021 15:24:58   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Yes, Storytelling was before any written language or communication. I have been the member of Tejas Storytelling Assn. here in Texas for over 3 years, and a past member of the board of Directors. Just Sayin....RJS

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Jul 19, 2021 17:35:55   #
Yankeeblue Loc: Manchester CT (near Hartford)
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
Seldom do I know, nor can I know, what effect my stories have unless you as readers comment on what you’ve just read. Believe me, I know all that I write are not great, not even good, but I will never know which unless you readers give me some signals as to which is which.

So, why am I writing this essay? To solicit your cooperation in giving me feedback on what you read. Not great, say so! Factual errors? I know there are times when you think about some response and then decide against taking the time to write something. You will not hurt my feelings I have a thick skin and am soliciting your participation! Go for it!

And when you do if you can be specific in what you like and don’t like. I am a Southerner, born and lived almost all my life, so there may be some things I say that you may disagree with, please feel free to set me straight. I have lived in the North and can appreciate the differences. New Yorkers think just like Texans but that is o.k. with me.

You don’t have to be an English professor to criticize my stories. You are the judge and jury so let me know your verdict. We all learn by doing and correcting our mistakes. I have my stories and the repartee. I do not know what I would have done during our recent quarantine if I have enjoyed posting not had this source to spend my time. Thank you and God Bless all the members of the Fishing Forum. Just Sayin....RJS
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Robert, thank you, thank you for your stories. Most I have thoroughly enjoyed. Some have been enlightening, some have been amusing, all have been well written and great reads. There have been a very few where I did not find the content interesting, but it was not because of hp we they were written. Please, keep them coming! I appreciate you.

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Jul 19, 2021 17:49:50   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Thank you, Yankeeblue! It has been a pleasure for me too!

How about I include you in inviting you to join us for our next
Zoom Forum Storytelling session? I will include the sign on data.

I am not sure now of the date since we will be moving in August to Round Rock to be nearer our children and grand children. Just Sayin....RJS

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Jul 19, 2021 20:47:31   #
Yankeeblue Loc: Manchester CT (near Hartford)
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
Thank you, Yankeeblue! It has been a pleasure for me too!

How about I include you in inviting you to join us for our next
Zoom Forum Storytelling session? I will include the sign on data.

I am not sure now of the date since we will be moving in August to Round Rock to be nearer our children and grand children. Just Sayin....RJS


I would be honored Robert. I can't just come up with stories out of thin air. However, conversation or other people telling stories triggers my memories, then the stories come out.
Good luck with the move. Being close to your family will be good for you at this point in your life. Just think how many more times the kids and the grands can hear your stories.

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Jul 19, 2021 21:52:24   #
Whitey Loc: Southeast ohio
 
Robert I would have to say thank you. I have always enjoyed reading your stories and like others have said you write them down where people can understand them. Keep up the good work 😁

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Jul 19, 2021 22:12:22   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Yankeeblue: That is the exact reason for having storytelling sessions, it prompt your memory and allows you to prompt other's memories, so that everyone is benefitted. There is a professional storyteller from N. Carolina who is a master at this and he was at a convention of Tejas Storytelling Assn. in Fort Worth a few years ago, he did a masterful job of telling stories, but at a workshop he also told how you could delve into your grand parents, Uncles, and Aunts who were quite old and get them to recall some of their for-gotten memeories, I realized I had been doing it already, and also I could do it on myself. That's how I recollect some of my experiences. I will share that witht he group. Just Sayin...RJS

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Jul 20, 2021 18:28:49   #
Americanman28
 
your stories are really entertaining. And, it makes me feel like I am sitting on the front porch with you while you're telling it. Keep them coming.

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Jul 20, 2021 18:40:01   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Americanman28: Thank you!

I would like to invite you to our next Zoom Storytelling session. I am not sure yet when we will schedule the next one since my wife and i are moving to Round Rock, TX to be near our children and grand children.

It will be sometime in late August or September, so I will send out a Private Communication to you and give the date and time, as well as the log on numbers and password. Just Sayin...RJS

Regards, Bob Samples

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Jul 20, 2021 19:48:32   #
Cougar Loc: Tennessee/Michigan
 
Robert J Samples wrote:
Seldom do I know, nor can I know, what effect my stories have unless you as readers comment on what you’ve just read. Believe me, I know all that I write are not great, not even good, but I will never know which unless you readers give me some signals as to which is which.

So, why am I writing this essay? To solicit your cooperation in giving me feedback on what you read. Not great, say so! Factual errors? I know there are times when you think about some response and then decide against taking the time to write something. You will not hurt my feelings I have a thick skin and am soliciting your participation! Go for it!

And when you do if you can be specific in what you like and don’t like. I am a Southerner, born and lived almost all my life, so there may be some things I say that you may disagree with, please feel free to set me straight. I have lived in the North and can appreciate the differences. New Yorkers think just like Texans but that is o.k. with me.

You don’t have to be an English professor to criticize my stories. You are the judge and jury so let me know your verdict. We all learn by doing and correcting our mistakes. I have my stories and the repartee. I do not know what I would have done during our recent quarantine if I have enjoyed posting not had this source to spend my time. Thank you and God Bless all the members of the Fishing Forum. Just Sayin....RJS
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Love your writing and story’s!!! Keep it up. They are educational and experience fulled.

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