Last September, the 12th to be precise, I posted a blog that I titled “My Twitter Family” which I suppose was the forerunner of my new series, “My Online Family.” A lot has happened in the past ten months. All of the friends I mentioned in the September post are still my friends. That in itself is amazing. My online friends and family do not understand the concept of one-night-stands. When you make a friend on line, you’ve made a friend, and that’s powerful stuff. I get choked up thinking about it, and if you don’t, you’re not thinking about it.
Emma Calin has been there for me from the beginning of my social media career and frankly, I know she’ll always be there. I’ll never forget the morning last fall when I visited her blog and found she had written a post about me and my first self-published book, Fourth and Forever. To say that I was blown away would be a gross understatement.
Emma drives a bus, one of those red double deck beautiful English buses, and she writes great books. She lives in England and France, and she is a grandmother, albeit a clock-stopping one. For years none of her online friends, family, and fans knew what Emma looked like. For the full explanation of that, you should read her blog post. Finally, she published her photo. By the time she did that, we all knew she was beautiful, inside and out. The picture only confirmed it.
When I saw the photo a line from, The Reverend Mr. Black, an old Kingston Trio song flashed into my mind:
He rode easy in the saddle, he was tall and lean, and at first you’d a-thought nothing but a streak of mean could make a man look so down right strong,
but one look in his eyes and you knowed you was wrong.
Here’s my Emma Calin version of that line:
She travels easy through life, warm and sure. At first glance you know nothing but love, pure love, could make a woman so down right strong.
And after just one look in her eyes you know you were right.
And supportive! Did I mention just how supportive she is?
I can’t find the words to tell you how supportive Emma is, but if ever the old adage, one picture is worth a thousand words applies, this is that time.
If you haven’t already met my friend, Emma Calin, do it now: You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or her website, and blog Real Life According to Emma, where you’ll read her masthead her self-identification “a romantic novelist and poet, trapped in the life of a working class bus driver.”
Emma Calin is that, but she is soooooo much more. Don’t take my word for it, become an Emma Calin Roadie, you will never regret it.