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  •  I wonder how people will react (3+ / 0-)

    when they read the followup piece Valerie will publish in the next few days.

    I agree that one important thing about this piece is that it helped a lot of people sit up-  it enabled them to say "that's what I have been experiencing."

    A lot of my writing here may seem too personal for some - my wife is sometimes uncomfortable with how much I disclose.  Yet it is precisely because it is personal that it seems to resonate with some people.  

    She was originally not comfortable with how much I wrote about her illness, but so many people from so many parts of her life have told her how grateful they are for what I share that she has come to trust me on this.  

    Here the equivalent is the number of people who then feel empowered to talk about their own experiences and perceptions -  whether on dealing with illness when I write about my wife, or things in classrooms, or things about the other topics which can be among the myriad things that catch my attention sufficiently for me to sit down, write and post.  

    I have been somewhat used to that phenomenon here - after all, I have been here since late 2003 and am probably about as well known as any member of this community.

    Still, I was not prepared for what happened with this piece, either originally, or recently.  

    Hundreds of thousands of people have read it.

    Hundreds have contacted me directly.

    It is a bit humbling to realize that I was able to touch so many people.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 05:52:13 AM PDT

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    •  Embrace it (1+ / 0-)
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      and then do more and more of the same with proud abandon.

      It's humbling now, but as Paul Krugman found out, when you get more and more attention, it might start feeling like you need to buy a helmet.

      The more you have made an impact, the harder it is for the professionally intellectually dishonest to sneer, marginalize, and dismiss you away.

      I'm glad you are in awe of the attention. It says a lot about you that your first impulse wasn't to have your hat size go up four numbers. If you didn't run for the hills, or run to go shove somebody else out of the way so you could get to a mic, I've got a good feeling you'll do fine.

      Being highly regarded and sought out by others is actually a form of professional and personal self-preservation in the Movement Conservative era.

      I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

      by LeftHandedMan on Sat Aug 10, 2013 at 07:13:07 PM PDT

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