Now and again I receive a letter from someone who likes my work, maybe one message every week or so, but today is a special day -- I got two at one time! Plus a book! The poet Don Thackrey sent me a copy of his Making a Prairie: A Verse Journal from the Nebraska Sandhills:
Here is a poem -- the first one I opened to -- from his fine book:
The second note I received was from Selma Sheridan, my former ophthalmologist in Oswego, New York, recently retired, who ran across my book La Famiglia / The Family in a local shop, River's End Bookstore:
My wife Jean and I went down to Portland afterwards to see her oncologist for a checkup. She was told, "You're doing very well, especially for someone of your age." An exceedingly good day overall.