I want to thank Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski for reminding me how important it is to celebrate and make joy out of risk taking. When I think of risk taking, I see myself in New York City attending the week at the TCRWP (Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project) at Columbia. I did it twice. The pay off for the experience was enormous professionally and personally. Right now my risk taking is in the form of writing a book. It’s a different sort of risk taking than going on a trip. It’s quieter. It involves more dedication than getting on a plane. It is an every-day-show-up-in-the-chair to write kind of risk taking. It is hours of wondering, researching, putting words to page, rereading and rehearsing in solitude. I’m constantly wondering if it is worth it. I think there is a lot more pay off than not. I’m learning about myself: my capabilities, my endurance, my potential. Sharing the experience of writing with this community continues to be a great opportunity for support and sustenance to keep going.