This is where your lack of experience on Medium is obvious, Steve, with respect,because those who like my articles highlight those parts of it that they do like. That’s self-explanatory. I don’t have to ask. It’s already useful, I already know. In precisely the same way I highlight, clap for and comment on pieces that move, inform and challenge me. Kindly, that’s why the feature is available- feedback is built in, just as you can highlight those parts of an article with which you agree or disagree. We are under no obligation to sing Kumbaya and agree on all things. Spirited debate is part of the fun.

However a lengthy tome over which you clearly labored long and hard(and complained that you were exhausted from the effort) that is tinged with an undertone of condescension, that included some statements about my intent — to which you are not privy-- and which are completely off base, well, that’s not a lively exchange. Rather it lands as an attempt at a beat down so that you can win an argument. An argument that has only one person because I am bowing out.

As I said before you have every right to your take and your opinion. But you don’t have permission to verbally take me behind the barn and show me who’s boss just because we don’t happen to agree. Especially in public discourse. Those who have disagreed with me or who have offered corrections privately respect that I will indeed read, ponder and take into account their input. Including making changes to my articles. In these ways we keep one another whole. Which, if I may, is both kind and respectful.

I wish you well. I’m going to go run stairs, which, rather than for the sake of burning calories, is simply for health. For which I hardly need a bunch of scientists to tell me is a damned good idea, just as I know that chowing down on a fresh apple is one hell of a lot smarter than eating a Pop Tart. Best wishes to you and I hope your experience on medium is a fruitful one.

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