Dear Dan,

After I read this heartbreaking story, I went back & read (don’t know why) all of your responses to other people.

First of all, sir (I mean that as a term of respect, you are not that much older, I’m 54), you should go ahead & take out that word “aspiring” from your profile. You ARE a writer, and a hell of a writer at that. Your writing is powerful because it’s honest, raw with emotion & unflinchingly brutal when it has to be. You will not look away because what you experienced wasn’t pretty. You know that as a writer your job, one of your jobs, is to exorcise those demons by getting them down on paper, damn the cost (& the cost is high).

Second of all, you are a cheerleader in this community, giving out encouragement, applause, love, laughter, support. Your kindness, in such short supply out there in that cold world, but given so freely & well here, is so appreciated! I was reading your responses and crying and laughing at the same time, just thoroughly enjoying myself.

I am so grateful that you are on Medium, Dan, at the same time that I am. It is a privilege & a pleasure to share this writing space with you. I assure you, you are a genuine article when it comes to writing!

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.