When I first started writing personal essays a number of years ago I never dreamed I’d have enough courage and confidence to send any of them out to publications. Through the encouragement of my writers group, I’ve taken this risk now several times. And was really pleased when my essay, The Loyal Order, was published on Hippocampus Magazine in October. Today, I learned that it won most memorable for October 2012…and needless, to say I’m touched and very honored.