I just received this very pleasant email:
Hi Andy,I published another of your really well-written reflections in the October issue of Street Spirit. I’m sending you the pdf version now, and I’ll send a link to the online edition in a few days when I post it.Thanks so much for your insightful, thoughtful writing.Best,Terry
I’ve uploaded the pdf on this link if you want to check it out. I’m on p.3, the story entitled “I Remember Who I Am.”
He uses the illustration to the right, a lithograph by Rockwell Kent named “And Now Where?” in conjunction with my piece. The piece itself is taken almost word for word from The God Who Believes in Me, earlier posted on this site.
The “Author’s Note” is taken from editor’s notes on that entry and also on the one entitled An Incredibly Empty Place.
In the past three months, since I have been fortunate enough to have had some of my short pieces published in Street Spirit, I have come to admire Terry Messman, the publisher, and Sally Hindman, the Berkeley activist and Quaker minister who connected me to this unique opportunity. It’s interesting that I never knew either of them when I actually still lived in Berkeley. Maybe I was too busy dealing with the extenuating circumstances described in these articles. Rarely did I extend myself toward people with whom I might network, as though I had something distinctive to offer, and was interested in making a contribution to the community.
When I moved up here to Northern Idaho, all of that changed. I told the personnel director at my church that if I had to summarize the difference between my life today and my life back then, I would say that previously the idea around me was that I had some kind of huge problem, and so how can we possibly help Andy solve his problem? The idea in the here and now, on the other hand, is that Andy has something to offer. How can we help him to offer it?
I would think anyone in their right mind would prefer the latter of the two scenarios.
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