First, my sincere apology for being so absent in recent months. I have been struggling with some health issues, both mental and physical, and every time I thought about posting, this little voice said, "Don't bother. It's been too long. They have forgotten who you were. It doesn't matter anymore."
But, the number of emails and views I'm receiving from you and the growing number of places I'm being read tell me logically that I am reaching people and that is most gratifying and mystifying.
Know, please, that I love you and reading your emails are the bright points in my days!
My anxiety and panic, unfortunately, reached the point that they landed me in the hospital with critically high blood pressure. I'm medicated now and things look good physically and hopefully will work out emotionally and mentally. My overall outlook is improved, but I am still not without panic attacks, though I am better able to get them under control.
I want to be completely open and honest with you about this because I know the vast number of people who struggle with these silent predators. I'm not alone, and for that I am, at the same time, grateful and sorry.
What I have been working on, while holed up in my little apartment, is my new magazine, Blooming Women. I am having a blast with it and so pleased at the number of women it is reaching. We offer women a place to tell their stories without having to have been previously published and, at the same time, offer them that all too important publishing credit for their futures in writing. We give them a voice and a safe place to share. And it is growing massively. In just 5 short issues, we (my wonderful staff and I) have found readers in over 130 cities in 10 countries. I hope you'll check out Blooming Women and consider sharing your stories with us, as well.
The beauty of this magazine is that, from the safety of our own homes, we can touch the lives of others. The stories that you have submitted make me/us laugh, cry, empathize, and feel not so alone. We have so much in common and we will always be blooming into something beautiful.
I also want to give a shout out to the readers of my articles on Family Share. I have received so many emails and love reading each one. I have acquired lots of new friends of so many faiths from so many places. I did some Google Analytics and found that I have been read in 284 cities in 53 countries. I am so humbled by this and promise to continue to answer each email personally and am so grateful for your friendships! Keep on writing!
Your love keeps me strong and I pray for each one of you, that you find peace and answers to your prayers.
Love and peace, always,