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The Taylor Rescue by Gary D. Crawford

Doesn’t life sometimes seem to be full of coincidences? Or maybe it isn’t as random and frivolous as that; perhaps there are little unseen connections running along the underside of the fabric of life, which, when they pop up on our side, appear to us as coincidences. Kurt Vonnegut drew our attention to such things when he described the karass, an invented word he used to refer to those curious networks of people who appear to have no official connec-

tion yet whose destinies seem to be intertwined. I suspect there are such things. We recognize members of our karass only after they touch our lives, repeatedly. It is surprising, because otherwise no connections are apparent. We just keep bumping into them unexpectedly, in different places and at different times. Many years ago, while visiting San Diego, my brother took me sailing with a couple who were friends of his. I liked them both,

Drawing of Poplar Island in 1914 by Charles Harrison. 139

Tidewater Times November 2011  

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