Clay…the Hero’s Journey is one that we’re all on, sometimes even when we don’t know it. But you’ve made it an epic, instructive and inspiring one. I am awed by this post, and reminded of so many things I’ve felt and experienced but had “back burnered.” Yes, I hope that proposal goes wonderfully well. And I’m sure it will. But then, everything really is beautiful. And you will make it so, whatever happens. This, I know for sure…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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