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Thank You: Praise for her writing has a special place in her heart

January 15, 2001

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.

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Thank you, Margarita. You have given me the courage and the spiritual strength to continue the type of writing I think God wants me to do. I have preserved your letter to the editor to reread when self-doubting beings. It is the nicest letter written about me in all of my over 50 writing years.

MERRY HARRIS

Ocotillo

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