So first of all, each article looked well chosen and interesting. And secondly because I am (a) disgustingly competitive and (b) pride myself on being a very fast reader, I took it as a challenge to read each article in a minimum of half the time they suggested it would take. Yep. That's the kind of petty I am. Sorry.
The last one, it being the anniversary of 9/11 last week, they linked to Meg Cabot's blog post written around, or soon after September 2001. This, I thought was going to be "just someone's blog" but what would be of great historical interest to read - a capture of what someone was going through at an awful point in time.
So I am reading the blog. And crying. It's a horrific tale of course, and she tells it from a couple of different, equally personal, perspectives. As I am reading, battling through the tears, I am like "who is this writer"?? This is no hobbyist blogger (like me and this silly little ol' blog of mine). This is someone with pure talent and real skill.
At the point where she mentions she now lives in Key West I put her name into google. Meg Cabot, she of the Princess Diaries series, only one of the most popular teen writers of the last decade. My generation had Judy Blume, millennials have Meg Cabot. And they both live in Key West.
So yes I am a week or so late in linking to this. But really the message is timeless. I leave you with the words of Meg Cabot, the introduction to her September 11th post, and the link to her blog: