Hi Shannon,

Just to let you know, you have changed my life and have provided me with more personal growth than I could have imagined. And you’ve done it in a little over a month. You are blessed among writers, but more importantly you are providing a source of inspiration and hope to thousands. No wonder you are successful.

I believe that whatever one gives comes back in spades — whether it be good or bad, hell or high water — you’re gonna’ get it right back. And you are giving so much, Shannon.

I’m a lot older than you, but I’m one of those old women who is still learning and takes full advantage of what I can learn from younger people. Between you and my 16-year-old grandson, I may get this life thing untangled after all. As anyone can see…years alone do not endow one with wisdom.

I mean, look at that damned Trump. Or Rudy ignoramus Guiliani; who used to be kinda’ cool, by the way. I liked him in his 40’s but dayum! They’re both good example that this aging business can go either way. They went way south.

Anyway, precious guru-like person, I learn something new from you almost every day, and if you don’t mind, I’d like to write a piece about finding you pretty soon.

Keep doing what you do. I’m not being flip when I say I love you; and the God of the Universe, or God of your understanding, Higher Power, or WhatWhoEver loves you, too. Because you’re spreading hope all over the Internet, woman!

Please keep doing what you do. You’re immeasurably gifted.

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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