What a surprise this morning when I opened my Blogger dashboard...to see the name of my book in one of the feeds...it startled me. Then I saw "Russ Manley at Blue Truck, Red State - 1 hour ago" and said to myself, "Oh, wow, Russ has written about my memoir!"
So excited to click in to read your post.
Your review nearly brought tears to my eyes, at very least, a little moisture. I am so happy that you liked, enjoyed, were moved by my writing because you have a much broader knowledge of and greater appreciation for literature and the humanities than me. Thus you are a very credible and trusted critic. I thank you.
Yes. Thank you from the bottom of my gay heart for your review and praises.
(Did you notice I didn't know the difference between the words "tongs" and "tines"? And a few other things slipped by the editing.)
I am sorry to hear about the various difficulties that have beset you over the past year, and the "election" that has many of us in a state of depression, if not despair. We thought the marches, the protests, the struggles were over and the battle had been won. But it looks like we shall begin again.
I hope things turn around for you personally and that you have good health and finances and improved digital experiences in the coming year.
I will recommend a blog by one of my writing group compatriots in Connecticut who has been relentless in posting very sharp post-election essays.