Dear Gordon, I do thank you for your words.
I’m fairly new to Medium. I write a bit for AgWeb, and have my own blogs and website, but I, as you yourself have discovered, find some really great stuff among the ‘other’ stuff here.
It’s worth sticking with it.
Please do consider your story for Medium. Even if not many people read it, the ones you want to hear from will. It’s magic, really.
I look forward to seeing you in ‘print’ when your story is ready.