Firstly, some background
1 A friendship reconnected
Back in 1983 – 1999 I taught at a local primary school; spending the bulk of that time with year-6 and a colleague, Heather. Also, during that time I published numerous teaching references (17 in Australia and 11 overseas). Of these, three books were co-written with Heather during 1989 – '90. Also, at the school was Bill, who filled many roles including vice-principal and acting principal.
Post retirement, Heather and I maintained ongoing contact until in 2014 while having a second hip replacement everything went horribly wrong for me - two cardiac arrests. On release from hospital after three months with ten days on life support, my wife, Mary, and I decided to downsize relocating to a new housing estate in Fyansford. I thereafter lost contact with Heather.
2 Lassetar's gold-mine
Lewis Hubert Lasseter (1880-1931) was born in 1880 at Bamganie, Victoria; a self-educated, literate and well-spoken man. Though working at a variety of occupations, Lasseter made his name as a prospector in 1929 when at age seventeen he claimed to have discovered a fabulously rich reef bearing gold “as thick as plums in a pudding”. Unfortunately, though two expeditions had been undertaken, the famous ‘Lasseter’s Reef’ was never located. Nonetheless Lassetar legends live on...
Lasseter with wife and son
3 Appointment with a barber
This 480-page book by Amor Towles, which I would rate as one of the most pleasurable books I have read and which one critic described as having an ingeniously ludicrous plot and acutely drawn characters, pivots totally around a multitude of synchronous situations all linking to incredibly consequential life moments.
I invite readers to read this book enjoying its wondrous collection of:
incredibly sensitive and humorous moments,
heaps of serependipity-filled life-monents and
its abundant consequential life-moments.
Secondly, the two stories
The following two stories contain multiple examples of how serendipitous coincidences can unknowingly impact on our lives. These influences are unpredictable, unplanned, improbable and highly haphazard. In effect, it can be seen how personal interactions individually and more so collectively can give rise to any number of "What are the odds?" situations. The examples below are but some of the actions in each story that reflect acts of coincidence, synchronicity, serendipity, life-moments and consequential life moments. You my observe within the stories numerous other examples of this phenomenon.