Finding Mr. Raymond (Writer Unboxed Redirect)

lotr-ballantine-set-jan-17I”m up on Writer Unboxed (always an honor!) with an essay that starts out with a search in the name of gratitude. If you’ve ever read any of my bios, I always mention how my writing journey began with my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Raymond. Well, we (my wife and I) went looking for Mr. Raymond in order to express my gratitude. I share how it turned out in the post, but it’s turned into a pretty cool life lesson. In response, several of the people I’ve shared the story with were inspired to reach out to a former teacher or mentor of their own. How knows? Maybe you’ll be inspired, too. And, as Mr. Raymond says, “we never know the impact we have on those we encounter each day, even those we meet just for a moment.”

I hope you get a chance to stop by and read the essay, and maybe join the conversation. But in any case, know that every small act of kindness you offer your fellows this week has the potential of resonating impact. Be kind, and pass it on.

4 comments on “Finding Mr. Raymond (Writer Unboxed Redirect)

  1. melissaamateis says:

    Off to check it out now!

    I had three teachers who greatly impacted my writing, and I’m still in touch with all three – one via FB and the other two on email. I’m so, so thankful for the faith they had in me and my writing. 🙂

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  2. As a published writer and former classroom teacher, your essay really moved me. As Christa McCaullife said: “I touch the future. I teach.” Mr Raymond certainly touched your future as you are doing with your readers.

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  3. Haley Woods says:

    This is aweesome


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