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Genevieve,
I love reading the site and your articles, but I am totally turned off by mentions of the bible and god. If you want to use a motorcycling site as your own personal religious forum, can I respectfully suggest you start another site which is dedicated to it.

Mike
Manchester, AB, United Kingdom
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Editor Response
Mike,
I appreciate your input. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. But my main question back to you is why are you turned off by mentions of the Bible and God in a column written by me? Why does that turn you off?

Motorcycle riding, for so many people, is a very spiritual experience, and I have chosen, at this stage of my life, after more than two decades of writing about motorcycles, the last 10 of them online here, to explore deeper meanings to life and explore what moves me the most. Sure it was risk to put spiritual information on a "secular" site, but after much prayer... it seems I've hit a chord, as more than 1100 people as of today have signed up to receive my special newsletter promoting this column. And that list grows every day.

Right now I don't have the resources to start another site. It's in the works but for now, those who don't want to read this type of information like yourself can choose to simply not click on those articles.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Well said. I totally enjoyed your article and all the responses. How brave of you to touch on such a "touchy" subject. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. God bless.

Darlene
Southport, NC
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for your feedback Darlene. It means so much to me to hear my readers' thoughts on this and all my Everyday Miracles columns. All the best to you.
Regards, Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
While some partings are natural and without hurt on both sides, I've experienced being pulled back when growing toward new opportunities. The most painful was when a family member became ill and passed away - a situation during which one supposedly sees support - yet other than a few texts or emails, the silence I received was deafening. It was the most brutally lonely time.

After the typical phases of hurt, anger, and betrayal, it took a couple of years to arrive at some measure of peace. My perspective shifted. The metaphor of "unfriending" in this case is not one of opening my hand to drop these people, but rather, like Cindy in Arizona, to gently place them elsewhere while continuing to grow... to "forgive, love and move on, and not worry."

"Unfriending" doesn't apply here when the door remains open to possible reconnections, yet not having the expectations of that happening. If any of your readers find themselves at this place, it's actually not a paradox.

Genevieve, many thanks for your courage to share. I'm a fellow rider and trust that our paths might cross in the future. Take care.

Grace
BC, Canada
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Editor Response
Wow, Grace! Thanks for the clarification on the unfriending concept. You are so right about the door remaining open. That is inherent when you part in love. Love is always an open door. Hope our paths cross too.
Regards, Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
Excellent, excellent, excellent article Genevieve. I recently went through this and you described it perfectly. Thank you for your words and your courage to make a difference in others lives

Spurz
Reno, NV
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for your feedback Spurz. Glad this resonated with you.
Regards, Genevieve Schmitt
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