a sonder begins

At this very moment, as you read these words, someone on the other side of the world is reading them with you.

And earlier today, while you were at the grocery store, or work, or church– someone else was with you.

Maybe you spoke to them directly, maybe you didn’t. Maybe you left a comment here that they read, or waved them in front of you in line, or squished up your legs in a pew so they could get by.

Maybe they just noticed your name on the Quarterlies, but either way– in their large, multi-faceted, complex life, you just had a bit role. You are a character in their life story– as I am in yours.

Welcome to the Sonder Files.

Every story offered here by my guest dinos, which I will share over the next couple of weeks, is written to this theme.

I asked each to write a story where I was a passing character or thought, since that is a center point of reference for the readers here– but feel free to take it further. If one of my guests was a passing character or thought in your life, write your own post and link it back. I’ll include it at the bottom of the posts.

If you have a story where my story crosses in, there’s still time for your words to be shared here, and they are welcome.Β  Don’t say I didn’t invite you.

To my guest dinos– I am so thankful you participated, and so heartwarmed to know how our lives intersect.


To my Best Beloveds– Wheel out the welcome wagon, we have stories to read! The first starts tomorrow.Β  Thank you for being the best thing ever, always.


  1. I am still in awe of you sweet Ra. I don’t know where you find the time to do all the reading that you do. I want to write, and I try to keep up with reading, and all the projects I do. Card making, photo book making and work take up the majority of my time. I wanted to write for you sweet Ra, but I couldn’t commit because I didn’t want to let you down. I don’t know that I have anything really substantial to add anyway, except to say how much your story has inspired me. I think many were profoundly affected by your story. I think for me your story served to illuminate the injustice in our justice system and to highlight the inequities in legal rights and representation when one is poor versus wealthy. I had no idea that the inequity was so glaringly broad. It was heartbreaking. But when we take what we learn and try to make the world a little better then those lessons serve us well. πŸ™‚

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  2. Have you ever seen the film ‘Run Lola, Run’? it’s a foreign language film which touches on this as indirectly as we touch upon the lives of strangers. It’s not what the film is about but as the main character meets people you see into their lives.

    I love this. I love this more because I believe sonder-awareness leads to empathy and understanding and kindness. I’d love to play but instead I shall enjoy the sonders of others. I don’t even know if that’s a proper sentence.

    As ever, I’m glad our lives have touched.

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    1. How cool! I have not seen the film but I will check it out. I love your sentences, they seem perfectly proper and wild to me, just as they always are. Love you, Kate. ❀

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    1. Some of the stories are like that, and some I am not even mentioned by name. Life’s like that with the characters that come through. You did good, chica, but I’ll let everyone else tell you that. Love you. ❀

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  3. Volume II of the SonderFiles must be very popular, look how it’s worn on the edge from being pulled out of the shelf and read so much. It’s a bit like the link to your blog, dear Ra, my computer goes to it automatically when I start typing http://www.ra….. ❀

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  4. I can’t even imagine… Rara there is just something about you… why can’t I finish my sentences when I reply… ??? OK I CAN do this. Whew! I did! I need to read sonder, now. Please. It’s like my heart begs for this. ❀

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    1. Your heart will be pleased, I think… mine was. The files are just so warm. Big lives and small acts of love happening everywhere all the time, and they met here at least once. It’s a beautiful world. ❀

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  5. This is so perfect, I love it. It kind of makes me want to be a little more conspicuous in public settings a bit. Although you in particular have been more than just an extra sipping coffee in a cafe somewhere in my life.


  6. In a quiet moment, as I finished a writing project, I opened your blog and found a word for a sensation I recognise.

    You have invited connection, and I offer my own xx

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