Dear Harry,

An excellent (& timely) essay! The pursuit of happiness at the exclusion of all else is not only foolish, but dangerously overrated. Give me my darkness, my challenges, my rain, I need to have dragons to slay, even if I know, deep inside that, I, too, am a dragon.

There’s an Arab proverb: All sunshine makes a desert. Thanks, but no thanks. That’s not where I want to live, literally or metaphorically!

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.