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These are the moments rarely celebrated in my day to day run-around, multi-task, diversified interests and worry. In high school English Mrs. McDonald praised my journals, writing prompts, even bought me Writers magazine to submit for publication. Ms. Groff, an H.S. social science teacher once pulled my aside to rave about a term paper I had written about the importance of artistic freedom. She said you "should be a writer".

I've traversed my way working as a plumber, welder, printer, waiter, to film/art student now 75% toward finishing an M.A. in writing studies. Again, my creative promoters have been professors, with much credit to my wife as well, encouraging me to see and cherish passionate talent within myself. God bless Teachers and every gentle encourager.

-j millard