As I've read a considerable amount of your writing, I thought some of you may be interested in reading some of mine. I published this short story in The Atlantic magazine a few years ago, and it's still available online. You can read it here. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2005/04/bullheads/3824/
I wrote it out of respect for the older people I grew up with in southern Minnesota, and my father, who I saw growing old and struggling with his health in profound ways. I wanted to capture some of that old hope.
My new hope is always that our writing and conversation strikes a chord that will resonate and deepen our experience in this mysterious life.
It's been my honor to be your teacher this quarter. Hold on to your dreams, my friends.