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You're writing from the heart with deep emotion, and that's the most important thing of all. And I agree - it's hard to write anything light these days.

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Don't we all? Some of the sixty-odd essays I've published in the last two+ years are comic, some very dark, some lyrical, some succinct, some complex. We are multi-faceted beings. Ask my Westies!

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I understand being consistent in writing, however, I feel like that can lead to disingenuous writing! I more do agree with your style Romana, writing everything and anything your heart desires! It might not fall under a certain niche, but at least it’s genuine! Great read here!

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Ramona, I've decided that I'm gonna write about what interests me, first and foremost. I think my readers are interested in those things too. If not, everything else will take care of itself. <3

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Oct 26, 2023Liked by Ramona Grigg

I stand with you, Ramona.

A Māori activist in the 1980s (Mike Smith - New Zealand) tried to chop down the lone tree on a well known Auckland landmark - One Tree Hill. Such an eloquent man, he argued that society, and people's opinions, is a bell-shaped curve and the popular view is the middle ground. Sometimes you need to get to edge in order to shift public opinion - to move the middle ground. It's why Greenpeace activists jump into the ocean in front of whaling ships.

If we only write for the middle ground, the status quo will never be challenged - and the status quo is not healthy, anywhere!

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You and me both ♥️

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I feel the same way. If we are speaking from the heart about things that matter, whether light or heavy, that should suffice for our readers, including ourselves.

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Oct 26, 2023Liked by Ramona Grigg

I haven’t started my substack yet for those very reasons. I can’t decide what on Earth to focus on! I can’t even decide on a title! But I’m getting closer so I now just need to be brave

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Oct 26, 2023Liked by Ramona Grigg

Nor me. Life is all over the place. Of course our thoughts are. I read your words of a dark and heavy heart, and know I’m not the only one just feeling ‘it’. Thanks for your honest sharing. 👏✍️

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I have family that live near Lewiston so this event really haunts me.

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So with you. I sometimes compare myself to others who have found a niche and stick to it, but my writing is also all over the place, in terms of both topic and tone. I hear you.

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Oct 26, 2023Liked by Ramona Grigg

My youngest son works for a large Maine based workers comp company. He learned first thing this morning his team will be handling claims from the shooting at the bowling alley. I immediately thought no, I don’t want him to see or hear any of the horror that occurred last night. And then I thought of the family and friends of the dead and injured and the employees who witnessed the unspeakable event and I felt selfish for the feeling I had about my own child and how he would deal. Life is so tragic at times that it sears your soul.

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I think your brand is honest pieces covering a wide-range of topics. I haven't found you to be all over the place at all. I've found you to be thoughtful whatever you write about.

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Keep on being you. I’m here for it. I’m here to read what you have to say on whatever you need to write about. I’m in the same boat. Rowing upstream in my case, but I’m still in the water rowing.

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Hi Ramona, It's all been said, but I think you need to say what is in your heart. All over the place, so be it. Last week after the Hamas - Israel conflict began, I couldn't write - I was "wordless " after three years. It wasn't til I took the time to write what was in my heart that I could move forward.

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