A great friend--yes, I mean you, Wanda--told Susan I should write more often about personal things because we have interesting lives. I don't know if that's true, exactly, but I can say this: I'm grateful for the life I have. Being half-retired allows me to spend a lot of my time on writing and publishing fiction, which is what I love.
I also teach part-time at a community college, and that job lets me feel connected to the outside world and to the young people who take my class. I enjoy getting to know them; that's absolutely the best part of teaching. You can say what you like about millienials, and yes, they are different, but they face a very different world. I only hope the movers and shakers of tomorrow are as bright and well-meaning as the young people I've been fortunate to meet. I have so much to feel grateful for: my wife, my kids, and work that keeps presenting me with new challenges. I can't imagine wanting anything more.