Margarita De Necochea's letter to the editor (Dec. 21) was music to my soul. It came at a time when I was wondering whether I was wasting life's last precious hours in writing.
All writers need feedback. We need to know when we reach out to touch someone, we make contact. Non-commercial writers — those of us who write for the joy of writing rather than for wealth or fame — need to know that what we write is worthwhile and fills a need.
Posthumous tributes can do nothing for anyone, except perhaps to comfort the bereaved.
But when we pay our respects to a living person, we not only provide feedback; we inspire and encourage that person to do his or her best.
When someone's words or actions have special significance for us, we should tell them this is so.
I believe God has a special place in heaven for those who, like Margarita, reach out to praise what they believe to be good, right or true.