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..... I traveled there (NARO Convention) with a clear idea of what I wanted to say to this particular audience. And, the objective of this mission of message delivery was one that composed of encouragement from me to them.

Why mostly words of encouragement to this group of folks? There were several items of information that I had available tome that indicated how I should proceed with them that day. For one thing, prior to arriving there I had already been informed by the national headquarters that they were continuously receiving calls from many of their members expressing that they had no idea where to start. For another, I asked them who used Excel and Access. A few used Excel, none used Access that I recall - not that it would have changed things. So, just by the response to these two questions, I knew what they needed - and all a large part of that message consisted of words of encouragement for them to go ahead and "jump" - the virtual water of the digital world was "fine." So, it was these folks I reached out to.....

But, now that's not really why I decided to write this story. That's just the reason I was where I was when this story begins.

Something quite significant occurred to me within moments of returning to the Denver International Airport for the flight back to Dallas. This event was totally unexpected for me. It was one of those moments that I have recognized a few other moments along my life's journey, so I couldn't "tell you what is was, but I know it when I see it." ...

- "The Belly of the Ship", Larry Blakeley, September 20, 2004.

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Post Date: September 20, 2004 at 9:15 AM CDT; 1415 GMT