Just wait! A short story rejected in grade school becomes a cause of action — 9 Comments

    • Malcolm, I guess Mr. Mortem andMr. Welch are archetypes! (I don’t think Mr Welch said I’d be a “great” writer though!)

  1. Thank you for writing your article in the Wall Street Journal’ “My Husband Died, but I’m No Widow.” No one and nothing I have read understands what is in my heart. You do. Thank you.

  2. I think he read your piece, and realized that you had real talent, and would probably become a great writer someday. He also probably realized that he lacked the same talent, and couldn’t face that reality.

    After a bunch of self-work following a painful breakup, I realized that mean people are usually dealing with things that have nothing to do with us, and are in their own brand of hell. Hating them does nothing except take from you. They deserve our pity and kind thoughts rather than our animosity. It is OK to keep them out of your life however.

  3. Thank you for Smoke Signals in Writer’s Digest’s February 2018 issue. Next stop Barnes & Noble for An Incredible Talent for Existing: A Writer’s Story.

  4. Thank you for your magnificent article in the WSJ “Good Grief — but Not Good Enough”. Wow! I was reminded of a quote from Dr Pauline Boss about AMBIGOUS LOSS in regards to loving someone who has dementia, “You come to realize that life now is dramatically altered. Your loss is great, but there is no sympathy card; no one sits Shiva or holds a wake. Instead, there is a lonely and oft-misunderstood mourning – a chronic sadness with an indefinite beginning and indefinite end.”
    All the best to you,
    In Great Goodwill,

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