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September 12, 2013


Greg Britten

I have to agree with Tom, though I do not know him personally, fantastic writing, I wish I could write so well.

george gretser

For all of us in Texas with "trail dogs" (in this case one who also likes to go kayaking) - have a great time and will look forward to reading the blog of your experiences.

Terry Met.

I think I shall be following your blog as well as Tom's. You have a wonderful way with words. Congrats on being selected for the hike!! Enjoy and bring a sweater and jacket because it does get chilly up here in New England, but the views and foliage are so worth it. :)

Amanda Cabral

I,like you, was away in the mountains when the post showed up. I thought it would be pointless to even try knowing there are so many more people that are more deserving of this opportunity than I am. I'm a wallflower, I don't post more than a word or two every so often even though I have so much to say and share. I don't consider myself worthy of such a great opportunity so why should anyone else? I've always been the type of person to listen to other people's problems and help them through their rough patches but bottle mine up and put on a fake happy face because I don't want to burden anyone. I feel I was put on this earth to help people. It has always made me happy to see others happy. Maybe it's the middle child in me, who knows. Maybe someday I'll have the strength to put myself first, who knows.

I'm so happy you were chosen. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity and you're certainly not taking it for granted. I'm sure you'll remember it forever. It must feel good not to be picked last. I'll probably be in the White Mountains that same weekend for some summit therapy. I'm putting my best friend of 30 years on a plane to Malaysia the Tuesday before. I won't see her for 2 years. It's not going to be easy for myself or my daughter. I always find peace in the mountains of New Hampshire so that's where I'll be heading. My friends may not know of my problems but those mountains know everything about me. Enjoy yourself. I'll be thinking of all of you on your summit while my daughter and I are on ours.

Marvyl Stephenson

Love your words! I'm sure we will all look forward to your writings in regards to the hike itself, the people, the experience. Hope you all have a fantastic time and long-lasting friendships are made. It seems it is going to be one of those life-changing events, something to cherish close to the heart for years to come.

Terry Met.

I love your blog and would love to follow it however when I try to subscribe to it all I get is something that looks like a computer programmer's jibberish.

Donna Haas

This is fantastic!! I can't wait to meet you in person Alice-Anne. I will be missing the hours during the hike to get to know you, but look forward to the other occasions during the weekend to know you better. You are a great writer indeed but more importantly I love your thoughts and humor which shine right through.
Reading the comments before me, I can relate to Amanda. It's not a middle child thing, I'm an only. I'm a private person with so much inside I sometimes feel I could burst. And I am a good listener too, and a keeper of confidences, always there for even total strangers to unburden themselves and seek my advice. It makes me feel humbled that people feel comfortable and trusting of me. I am always glad to be there for anyone in need. I actually have come to believe that this is one of my purposes in this life. As Tom always says, we are right where we are supposed to be. I believe that . We may not know the reason at the time, but I am confident that we need to believe and trust the truth in that statement and not regret anything that happened before as long as we learn from it.


Thank you all for reading and commenting! It means so much to have this kind of encouragement. I feel buoyed up by enthusiasm today! It's awesome.

Amanda, next time don't hesitate. I felt pretty much the same way until the night I sent the email. I hope you have a great weekend too. I know it's hard to say goodbye to friends though. You know what I look like now, maybe well run into each other!

Terry, I wish I knew the solution. I just reactivated this blog and have no idea about the workings.

Donna, I can't wait to meet you. I think we will be friends.

Tara Grady Shea

This is wonderful. Wishing you a magical experience on the Gratitude Hike. I look forward to reading about it. Tom and Atticus are special to a lot of us in the Mount Washington Valley, and I'm glad Tom decided to spread the kindness and reach out to so many. So many times the fun of a trip is the anticipation, but this hike is sounding fantastic. Have fun.

susan hershey

Wonderful! Have a magical time on the gratitude hike. You and Tom share awesome writing ability! You are a perfect pick.


Alice-Anne, this was so great to read! Put a smile on my face after the past few difficult days. I'm looking forward to reading more from you and meeting you in less than THREE WEEKS!

Donna Jean

Beautifully written Alice-Anne. I look forward to meeting you and everyone on the Gratitude hike. I'm so VERY grateful and humbled for being picked....by Atticus no less...I still can't believe it. The anticipation of this hike is life changing to me as well. It's on my mind every day along with the smile that comes when I think about our adventure to come.

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