I was brought here by Maryann posting the Commonweal poems on Facebook. Shocked and saddened to learn of the grim situation, but like everyone, heartened by your buoyancy and deeply moved by the recent poems. Was it 2002 or 2003 when I started posting here?--terrified of you all, especially Alan, wanting nothing more than the encouragement of your good opinion, which was enthusiastically (often too enthusiastically) bestowed. You were & are the Sphere for me. The hands of the bards and makers, clasped within and outside of time, are always pulling each other up; all we can try to do is take the next hand, and tug. Love, admiration, gratitude.