You Are My Teachers

 

On a whim, I checked the number of posts I’ve made: 736! I’ve also made 16,236 comments. But the number that moves me the most is the number of posts promoted to the Main Feed: 400.

That last number suggests that I reflect on its significance. It means that I wrote many posts that many of you decided deserved extra attention. (Yes, it also means you might really like me! At least you might like my writing enough to read my post!)

But even more than your likes, I’m touched by something even greater: you are my teachers.

I learn so much from people who post and comment on Ricochet. I learn when my writing is sloppy, incomplete, or disorganized. I learn when I might not be writing on topics that don’t appeal to other conservatives. I’ve learned that certain kinds of topics I’m passionate about (such as transgenderism and child abuse) motivate you to comment. You have provided information through your comments from a multitude of sources to help me inform others. I’ve learned that we can disagree and also mostly agree to disagree. You’ve helped me develop my skills in negotiating my way through conflict, hurts and misunderstandings. You’ve validated my commitment to good communication, good relationships, and good ideas. There is nowhere else that I could find such an intelligent, passionate, funny, informed and concerned group of people.

Thank you for being my teachers.

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There are 13 comments.

  1. PHCheese Member

    It helps to get promoted when you own Ricochet. LOL.

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    • July 14, 2019, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  2. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    I second that emotion, and then, of course, I flash to Sally Fields and to Jim Carey in The Mask. 

    • #2
    • July 14, 2019, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  3. Manny Member

    I can’t speak for anyone else, but I tend to love your posts. If I didn’t vote to promote to main feed on any particular one, it’s probably an oversight. Hope you’re around here for a long time. :)

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    • July 14, 2019, at 6:15 PM PDT
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  4. DonG Coolidge

    Today I learned to save often when authoring a brilliant post. Please learn from my mistake. 

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    • July 14, 2019, at 8:44 PM PDT
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  5. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    DonG (View Comment):

    Today I learned to save often when authoring a brilliant post. Please learn from my mistake.

    Truth. Bitter truth.

    • #5
    • July 14, 2019, at 9:02 PM PDT
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  6. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: But the number that moves me the most is the number of posts promoted to the Main Feed: 400.

    As long as I keep getting kickbacks, I’ll keep hitting the “Like” button . . .

    • #6
    • July 15, 2019, at 5:46 AM PDT
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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: But the number that moves me the most is the number of posts promoted to the Main Feed: 400.

    As long as I keep getting kickbacks, I’ll keep hitting the “Like” button . . .

    The next check is in the mail!

    • #7
    • July 15, 2019, at 5:47 AM PDT
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  8. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn: But the number that moves me the most is the number of posts promoted to the Main Feed: 400.

    As long as I keep getting kickbacks, I’ll keep hitting the “Like” button . . .

    The next check is in the mail!

    It’s about time!

    • #8
    • July 15, 2019, at 6:15 AM PDT
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  9. KentForrester Coolidge

    That’s an amazing number of posts, Susan. You are one busy Ricocheter. I can’t keep up. I don’t know how you do it. You could almost keep Ricochet going all by yourself. (Of course, you’d have to respond to your own posts.)

    You keep track of things the way I do. 

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    • July 15, 2019, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn Post author

    You made me laugh, as usual, @kentforrester. What is interesting to me is that when I first started to post, I would have a couple of post per week weeks; then more ideas seemed to cross my path. Before I realized it, I was really producing a lot! Part of the reason is that I just plain love to write; it’s the best way for me to clarify my thinking on just about anything. Then, too, I love the chance to dialogue. I mean, I like when I mainly just get likes, but I also like the back and forth, between me and and commenters and among the commenters themselves. It’s especially rewarding to stand on the sidelines and watch a discussion where there is a lot of passion and sometimes even upset involved, and people valiantly try to hold themselves in check out of respect for the other person and his or her ideas. Or maybe they’re just afraid I’ll yell at them . . . yeah, that must be it . . . ;-)

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    • July 15, 2019, at 12:37 PM PDT
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  11. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Susan Quinn: Thank you for being my teachers.

    You’re welcome dear Susan.

    • #11
    • July 15, 2019, at 1:10 PM PDT
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  12. Ansonia Member

    I have a terrible habit of forgetting to “like” posts I like. But Susan, you haven’t written a post I’ve read—-and I’ve read a lot of them—-that I didn’t like.

    You’re right about Ricochet. People here have no idea how much they’ve made me aware of better things. (I hope they have no idea, anyway.)

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    • July 16, 2019, at 7:22 PM PDT
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  13. fidelio102 Coolidge

    I enjoy reading your posts because they reflect what is felt by real people in a real world, refreshingly distant from the pre-packaged platitudes with which we are assailed by the so-called experts of the mass media.

    You are also very generous towards other contributors in your comments and reactions to their comments.

    • #13
    • July 16, 2019, at 8:58 PM PDT
    • 2 likes