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scottsigler said: Stretchermunkey, It's always an honor to hear that the work A and I do helps people through difficult times. It's kind of mind-blowing to us, really, but we hear it enough that we've started to accept that these stories do what they were made to do -- take people out of their lives, their thoughts, their day-to-day troubles, and entertain them while their brain "reboots." Sometimes you just need to send your brain to another place in order to let things rest a bit, then you come back to it with a fresh head and it's a bit easier to handle what has to be handled.
The NYT was a big deal, though, as that is a gateway to another level of not only success, but sharing the stories with other people. A few of those people, perhaps, would have experience similar to yours.
We'll keep banging away at it. Sooner or later, the Old Gray Lady is gonna give it up for Daddy.