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A Simple Message of Gratitude

16 Aug

003As many of you know, for ten days our lives were turned upside down and inside out, with Bev in the hospital and the experts not knowing exactly what was wrong with her.  It’s a humbling and helpless feeling to have a loved one hurting and not be able to make it all better for them.

I’m happy to report she is once again home and our lives are returning to some normalcy.  We still don’t know what caused the infection in her intestine.  All we know is the antibiotics did their job and she is once again fine.

I kept everyone up-to-date on Facebook and quite frankly, I was blown away by the flood of well-wishes and prayers as the ordeal unfolded.  There are times when I am, well, a cynical bastard.  I’ve just seen too much pain and hatred and meanness during my lifetime, and during my darker moments I have very little hope for mankind.  But then something like this comes along, and relative strangers reach out and give us strength when we most need it.  Not that any of you are strangers, but I think you know what I mean.  We have never met in person and yet you stopped what you were doing to reach out to me when I needed you.

So thank you!  I have nothing else to give you but those two simple words, but thank you!

And Bev thanks you!

Now please, can we get back to normal?


“Be strong, be fearless, be beautiful. And believe that anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” Misty Copeland

In my “Mailbag” series on HubPages, there was a question last week about family members not supporting their writer/family member, and I’m still a bit surprised by the number of us out there who share that commonality.  For whatever reason, many of our family members don’t take the time to read our articles and books.  They show support in other ways, but actually reading our work seems to be beyond their capabilities.

It no longer really bothers me.  I still find it curious, but I’m not bothered by it.

And one of the reasons I can toss it aside is the fact that so many writers loyally support me, complete strangers who have climbed about my wagon and been with me through every article and every book.  I find that amazing and encouraging and uplifting.

I wish I had the money to buy all of the books that all of my writer friends have written, but I don’t.  What I can do, though, is make every effort to read their articles and blogs, and I am pretty good about doing that.  And I will always have room in my blog should they want to guest blog on it, and I try to mention a fellow writer from time to time…..

So, the point being, make an effort to support your peers.  In some way, reach out and give them a boost.  We all need it.  We all need each other!


A shout out to my young and talented friend Kailey.  You can find her on HP under the name “Social Thoughts,” and that name perfectly describes her articles.  This is a no-nonsense writer who cares deeply about her causes.  She is at times crude, at times painfully blunt, but she is always honest and passionate, and I respect those traits greatly.


I hope this week is filled with a dazzling display of craftsmanship by you all.  The world needs you to spread your wings and fly.



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