Linda, thanks for this, it’s so very kind of you to offer such encouragement. I found Medium when I retired last year and started traveling the world, and needed somewhere good to blog my experiences. I’ve always written, but just for me and my kids. But publishing to the world was exciting, so I put some old stories out there, like Unobserved, my first attempt at short story-ing. I love reading others’ work on Medium, but have gotten away from it except occasionally. Your article motivates me to come to Medium every day and hit the ❤️ button generously.