The people we meet, before and after the fair

A chance encounter that made me smile

John I. Carney

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The author’s two entries in the 2023 Bedford County Fair. In front, with a yellow ribbon, is a pen-and-ink drawing of a man holding a protest sign reading “DOWN WITH” while a number of “UP WITH” signs are in a garbage can. In the background, a generic face, pen and ink with watercolor.

We’ve all had those fun, surprising chance encounters. You’re on vacation, halfway across the country, and you meet someone who lives two doors down from you back home.

I had such an encounter today — not really that coincidental, if you think hard about it, since there was a good reason for the…

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike