Thank you so much Lin. I think perhaps one of the great values of our writing on here is to share truths, and to weave the community together. There is this supreme conceit- and this isn’t meant as a criticism, just an observation about the human condition- that what is happening to me is unique to me. In some ways, perhaps it is, but in others, such as you note here, there is a shared experience. In that, I think, lies a certain grace, in that we all share our humanity, our losses, our shames, our hurts, our hopes and our dreams. Sometimes I’m convinced that what we believe separates us are precisely those things that touch us all. To that, I think, when we write and share what touches the deepest in each of us, we give permission to others to do the same, and not be so frightened. We want so badly to not feel alone. To that, I think, when we write about these things, we have the ability to transform each other. Which is why I think that Markham Heid’s piece is so important. When we write our truth, we can potentially change peoples’ lives. When we present an artistically curated story, we perpetuate lies. As a journalist, what speaks most to me is when we honor the real journey we all have to take, which is a combination of loss and hope, humor and tragedy. I appreciate your input.

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