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Thanks for sharing about these local organizations and business, and for all the insightful and interesting articles. And I adore the "Bring a Big Knife to School Day" essay, plus, congrats on winning the award for it! Both your daughter's and your courage and confidence shine through in your respective roles and actions in this piece, and I love, and am inspired by those qualities of yours. Plus it is wonderful to read in your account of the knife purchase, plus reflections, about your growth in understanding and being ever more able to adeptly navigate even more complex and nuanced sorts of interactions in this culture. I have great admiration for you and your family in this, knowing you've invested a lot in relationships, language learning, plus taking a posture of curiosity and humility, and maintaining a strong sense of humor, making this progress possible.

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