Dee prodded me over my morning coffee to stand up and say a few words,
but what is there to say?
After four years, nearly 3000 editions of the Spoon Digest, 36 thousand
stories, 14 million words, and 88 million characters, you'd think most
of what needs to has been said. All the love, admiration, gratitude,
anger, warmth, fear, excitement has been expressed by now, today,
Spoon's four-year anniversary and last day open for business.
Still though, there's this. I'm left grateful to and admiring of
all the members of Spoon over the years. You really took this to heart:
Drop by the Spoon for a cup of
coffee and a story when you get a chance. We're here to share
stories about our lives, about our travels, about the people we
come across. We're telling tall tales and reading our journals,
even telling some fiction. We're giving away bits of ourselves
and seeing through other's eyes.
We're just a small place, a truck stop off the information highway.
Its cold out there and warm and safe in here. Rest your feet. Rest
your eyes from your weary road daze. Wrap your hands around a
steaming cuppa and listen for a while and maybe talk a little.
Who We Are
We are professionals and amateurs, performers and everyday folk.
We are young and old, show-offs and shut-ins, computer geeks and
technophobes. We are storytellers and writers (read "people who
write") and singers of songs. We are friends and lovers and husbands
and wives. What we have in common is that we share stories. The
Spoon is where we come together to tell our tales. Get to know the
folks of Spoon by visiting Spooners' web pages.
How to Get There
Just head on out the four-lane and take a right at Moores Creek
Road. Then go out 45 toward Bean Blossom. You'll see us on the left.
The Spoon is an internet mailing list, sent to you via electronic
mail. It is low-tech in this information age of images and pictures.
Spoon is a medium-volume list, averaging 15 to 20 messages per
day. A digest version is also available, providing the same great
stories in two easy to swallow packets a day.
Please note, Spoon was retired on 1 March 2000 after a
successful run of four years.
While You're There
When you get there, you're welcome to jump in to the conversation
with your own story or just sit back and listen. We're all neighbors
and friends here so we try to treat each other pretty well.
You'll send your stories to spoon_at_thespoon.com This
works whether you are on the regular list or the digest. If mail to
your address repeatedly bounces, you will automatically be
unsubscribed from Spoon. Just sign back on after your mail troubles
Oh, here's an important thing. Replies to Spoon messages go back to
the originator of the message, not back to the list. It'll take a
little getting used to. Make sure you save your messages before you
send them. The list was set up this way so stories sent to Spoon were
sent with some deliberation.
We should probably tell you what Spoon is not. Everything here
is a corollary of what we said earlier: "Spoon is a place for
stories." I hate to define the Spoon in negative terms, but we'll all
probably benefit from directness. So we'll say this and let it go.
Veteran Spooners (and that means anyone who has sent in a story) will
gently remind you as you find by trial-and-error what the Spoon is all
about. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- The Spoon is a place for stories, journals, reflections, tales,
memoirs, chronicles, narratives, anecdotes, folktales, and fiction.
- There is discussion in Spoon, but it is first a place for stories.
Conversations between only a few people should be taken off-line.
There are hundreds of people all over the world listening. As one
person put it, sometimes the wheat can get buried beneath the chaff.
- The Spoon is a place for original work, not stuff recycled from
other parts of the Internet. We can always find that outside the door
of the Spoon when we want it.
- And most of all, we are kind to each other in the Spoon. It isn't
a place for baiting or flaming or any of that silly crap. Discussions
are fine, but please take it off-line the moment it starts looking
more like a debate.
Please spend a moment and introduce yourself to the rest of the folks
here. We're happy to have you.
If you feel like it, stay for a bit. When you have to hit the
road, you're always welcome back. We'll remember your face when you
stop on by again. Now what can I get you?
I fell in love here. I've had heartbreak, terror, and confusion.
I've found friendship, support, and love. I've drifted away and
been welcomed back. I've moved through worlds of change. Spoon was
It's been fun. Really. All of it. I can't begin to tell you how much.
Owner and proprietor
The Spoon Cafe and Bar
This page was designed and created by Wes Modes.
Copyright © 1997 Wes Modes
E-mail to: modes_at_thespoon.com