Author Garrison Keillor tells the story of a lost manuscript. He explains,
“I took my son to the men’s room and set the briefcase down while we peed and washed our hands, and then we went to the cafeteria for breakfast. A few bites into the scrambled eggs, I remembered the briefcase, went to get it and it was gone. We had an hour before the southbound arrived. We spent it looking in every trash basket in the station, outside the station, and for several blocks around. I was sure that the thief, finding nothing but manuscripts in the briefcase, would chuck it, and I kept tell him to, but he didn’t chuck it where I could see it, and then our time was up and we climbed on the train. I felt so bad I didn’t want to look out the window.”
The quote above is from the Preface to Lake Wobegon Days. He ends his Preface writing, “This book, while not nearly so fine, will have to suffice until it returns.”
If that makes you cringe, you know how I felt Sunday when I discovered that the database to two websites I have been working on for several months had been deleted—not that I am comparing my work with the excellence of Mr. Keillor’s Lake Wobegon Days, but both accounts make me cringe.
Mr. Keillor rewrote his book. My convictions about the value of “Turning Points” are great enough to provoke me to recreate the site. My hope is that I will improve my skills in building the website and that it will be even better than the first attempt.
I am starting over because I clicked “reset” by accident—somewhere, somehow.