Newsletter “Fame”

Last week the latest issue of the newsletter at work came out. It’s over 21 pages long, so it would be more accurate to call it a journal… whatever one that we call it, I have 4 articles in it.

Our editor encouraged this, calling me the new writing machine for it.  That’s an accurate title for me, because I produce an article every 2-3 classes.

The reason for my new title however is not one I looked forward to:

For years my friend Guyette Fleurant was our writing machine. I first met her about 16 years ago, and we both wrote for 3 different newsletters over that time.

March 4 of this  year she died. Several of us gave tributes to her in the newsletter, me included – in a piece called Our Ides of March (I know, that’s not chronologically correct. It just seemed an appropriate sentiment).

So now I occupy her position on the newsletter – but I’d never say that I can take her place. I write a lot, but in quantity, not in terms of article length. Also, not with the passion that she had.

If ever I can achieve a fraction of what she did, I’ll consider myself lucky.