One of my editors recently shared with me, and two other columnists, a delightful missive from a reader praising the three of us. It’s always a pleasure to hear from a reader and I want to thank Carol Allison for her kind words. I particularly like the quote from Michael J. Fox in AARP that she noted: “Gratitude makes optimism last. I live by this doctrine every day and every day I express my gratitude for all that I have. It lifts me up, and yes, makes me a downright optimist.
In my early teens I wrote a little Beatles newsletter and got permission to make copies on my school handout. I charged my readers around 25 cents for this and soon I posted them to new readers who had heard about it from friends. I did this for the pleasure of sharing my crazy enthusiasm on my favorite band. Eventually I received a cease and desist letter from a lawyer who told me that I could not use the name “The Beatles”. Heartbroken I asked if I could use a drawing of their mops instead. He thought about it for a minute, then said it could be done, so I continued.