I'd like to thank everyone who has either commented here, or on their own blogs, or both, for the well-wishes after my story was published in the Buffalo News yesterday. All that meant as much to me, if not more, than getting printed in the first place!
Regular posting may resume later today.
UPDATE: I'm keeping this post at the top of today's entries, for people who may be jumping on the blog for the first time. Newer posts appear below.
UPDATE II: I've been remiss in mentioning the second-place winning story, "The Color of Dreams", by Buffalo area teacher Jennifer Cantie. I found it a fine effort, even if she got Ernest and Hilda completely wrong! Check it out. Congratulations to Mrs. Cantie.
UPDATE III: I have a friend who occasionally morphs photos of me into...other photos of me. Here's what he did to the author shot that appeared with my story: