Linda G. Hill

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Mr. Paul Curran has been found!

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If you read Mr. Mark Bialczak’s post yesterday, or if you came across one of the numerous reblogs of that post, you’ll know we were missing our favourite guest poster and frequent commenter, Paul Curran. Well. I happened to be going to Ottawa today for an appointment and another blogger happened to have Paul’s address so I went and knocked on his front door. And guess what? He was there!

As it turns out he had an infection that caused complications and he was hospitalized for two weeks. Then he got home to find that his modem had blown up, so he’s been without the Internet. He seemed a little flabbergasted to find that all of WordPress was missing him and he asked me to extend his apologies for causing everyone to worry and to let you all know he appreciates that we were thinking of him. It must have been a bit of a shock to have one of us show up at his house!

If all this has shown me anything (and believe me, I’m not patting myself on the back for the little detour I made – it was really nothing) it’s that our “friends” on the Internet are every bit as real as the ones we see in person. The next time it crosses my mind that the people here in this community don’t really care, I’ll think again.

Paul is actually the sixth person I’ve met with face to face who I first encountered here at WordPress. It was a great pleasure to shake his hand. He’s every bit the gentleman we all know and love. Thankfully he’ll be back as soon as his Internet provider replaces his modem.

Author: LindaGHill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

105 thoughts on “Mr. Paul Curran has been found!

  1. Pingback: We’ve lost Paul Curran, our master guest columnist and prolific comment-leaver | Mark Bialczak

  2. So rarely on WP these days, only NOW am I learning that this man, whom I’ve been heartsick worrying about since he failed to respond to my emails in November, is well. Learning thanks to you, and a host of others. Bless you and those others (Willow, Michelle, Mark…etc.)
    Much love, Linda.
    ❀

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  3. Linda, do you have phone number for Paul? If so, would you be willing to email it to me?

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  4. Oh! I am so glad to hear this

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  5. This is simply wonderful, Linda. I’m late finding out Paul was found but what a happy ending! πŸ™‚

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  6. Thank goodness he is okay. That stinks he was hospitalized but it sounds like he is on the mend. It sucks about his modem as well. What relief to find out he is doing okay!!!!

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  7. Reblogged this on Just Fooling Around With Bee and commented:
    Get well soon Paul and may the internet gods bless your new most dem πŸ˜‰

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  8. This is lovely to hear. I saw your post via Jason’s reblog on Harsh Reality and had to read as it’s something that crosses my mind frequently. When I don’t see posts from people for a while I worry something is wrong. I’ve never met anyone IRL from the blogosphere but it doesn’t make them any less important. I wonder how many others would have done what you did if they had the means to pay a visit. So good on you and glad to know he’s ok!

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  9. Happy to hear that Paul is okay! Thanks for ‘showing up’ at his place – on behalf of all of us!

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  10. Linda, you are awesome!

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  11. I hope he didn’t think you were a deranged stalker and understood that he was loved and missed. Thanks for giving us all peace of mind.

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  12. I am so happy that he is alright.

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  13. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    I am glad he is alright and that you are OK as well Linda… thanks for the update! -OM
    Note: Comments disabled here, please visit their blog.

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  14. Linda you’re amazing well done. This is wonderful news to wake up too πŸ˜ƒ

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  15. I love happy endings! (βŒ’β–½βŒ’)β˜†

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  17. Wonderful! That’s what I was hoping for (which as I said yesterday to Mark, sounds weird. But better a blown modem than any number of things!

    Thanks Linda (and NCM for sending me here.)

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  18. what a beautiful ending. thanks to you and mark and many other caring people, this has a happy ending. continues my belief in the inate good in people.

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  19. Now to get his modem fixed… πŸ˜‰

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  20. Other than, thank sweet Jesus, he is ok…. I am so darn jealous you got to meet him gace to face!! Thanks babe!

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  21. Linda, thanks so, so much for bringing this great news. I’m sitting here in Ireland writing this through tears of joy and relief.
    Love to Paul and everyone who cares about him here on WP.

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  22. I am so glad to hear that all is well. Please give us a link to Paul’s blog (for those of us that don’t/didn’t know him)?

    That our blog pals are a community came as an enormous surprise to me, too. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that American Soustannie (americansoustannie.wordpress.com) hadn’t posted for a while, and I got a bad feeling in my water (as the Scots would say). I reached out to her and yes, something had happened (which you can read about if you visit her blog) and she was in South Africa. As it so happened, I was going to be in Johannesburg on business, so we caught up over a cup of tea. It was my first meeting with a blog pal that I hadn’t known prior to starting blogging. I’m delighted that we did.

    So, Linda thanks for dropping in on Paul and for letting us know, and reminding us that we are a caring community (although there are some bloggers who don’t get to experience and/or demonstrate it).

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    • Isn’t it wonderful when we get to meet a friend from our internet world? πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing your story, Fiona. You can find links to the blogs that Paul is most associated with on Mark’s original post. Paul doesn’t actually have a blog of his own.

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  23. It’s not nothing to me to actually walk up to his house! Relieved. Thank you. πŸ™‚

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  24. So glad he’s safe! Well done you Linda for being so proactive! You’re right, the friendships that can be forged on here are most definitely real!

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  25. We have a beautiful community in here πŸ˜€

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  26. Reblogged this on 1EarthUnited and commented:
    Thank goodness, what a huge relief and blessing that Paul’s alright. Our WP community certainly are a caring bunch.
    Linda, u’r an angel, thanks for personally checking up on “virtual” friend! πŸ™‚

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  27. I am quite happy to hear that Paul is doing okay. If you see him again before he gets back on, please convey to him my best wishes.

    Also, where do I sign up to join the Linda G. Hill fan club?

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  28. That’s great news and this post is so heart-warming! ❀
    Diana xo

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  29. YAY!! This is the best possible news ever. Thank you so much for finding him. Now…I wonder if he got my package πŸ˜‰

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  31. Way to go, Linda G! This is the best possible outcome. Thank you for knocking on our friend’s door today. Our community rocks, my friend.

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  32. So glad he’s been found and he’s okay. Glad you were able to go and find out and meet him.

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  33. Woohoo! What a relief. Thank you so much for going to check up on him. πŸ™‚

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  34. Thank you so much for taking time to check on him. I’d been searching assorted blogs trying to locate word of him. Be you made his day. Thanks again

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  35. Oh this is such good news! Thank you for the update.

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  36. Reblogged this on Cordelia's Mom, Still and commented:
    Yay for Linda Hill! She had to drive for 3 hours to get to Ottawa for her appointment, and then she still managed to find our missing blogger. I agree with her that if nothing else, this proves that you can indeed make friends by blogging. I can only hope that if anything ever happens to me, I will have so many new friends come forward to help.

    Now we can all breathe again and look forward to Paul Curran’s comments and guests posts as soon as he can again gain internet access.

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  37. HALLELUJAH! πŸ™‚ Looking forward to hearing from Paul over a nice cuppa! πŸ™‚ (YAY Mark and Linda G. Hill and everyone else!)

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  38. That is great news! I gotta say, this is why I LOVE the community we have here. I can only imagine how much it must mean to him to know that people care so much that they even hunt him down to knock on his door. I love it! Thank you, Linda.

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    • I know, isn’t this community amazing? I’m positive he’ll be moved when he sees the outpouring of caring and support from Mark’s post. I’m happy I managed to be in the right place at the right time. πŸ™‚

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      • You weren’t just in the right place at the right time, Linda – you had to actually drive there and then find his apartment, knock on the door without knowing what kind of reception you might get, etc. You are absolutely awesome!

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  39. What a relief to his friends to know he is all right and safe. Your action was done in a loving fashion and got great results!

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  40. Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Oh! Thank Goodness! Mark Bialczak and Cordelia’s Mum Our Linda found him!!

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  41. Oh! Linda I am so grateful, I have been so worried! I haven’t got so used to hosting his Sunday posts!bless you<3 xxxxx

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  42. Reblogged this on Jdawgswords and commented:
    wow…this is awesome!!!

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  43. That’s wonderful to hear. Infections pass and modems are fixable. Thank you, Linda. ❀

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