I’ve led a blessed and full life ... a big life. I’ve been fortunate in more ways than I can count, and I’m grateful for the many ways I’ve been blessed.
I think of you as a beautiful blessing in my life. The privilege to write to you every week has been an honor. So many of you have written me about my columns, and I’ve been grateful for each word. I’ve had the privilege to meet some, but for most, our relationship is through this column. That has not hindered the friendship I feel and my gratitude for you.
If you are a regular reader of my column, you know I was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer in mid-February 2020 and given 9-12 months to live. Along with my incredible oncologist, Dr. Pashtoon M. Kasi, at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, we have fought this cancer with everything we have. It has at times been a fun battle with Dr. Kasi at my side, but as I’ve written many times before, there are a few diagnosis that a positive fight cannot overcome. It appears my battle with stomach cancer is one of them. So, this is my last letter to you in the form of my column, Positively Speaking.
The Daily Journal has always held a special place in my heart. Since my earliest memories in Hillcrest, sitting at my dad’s feet after he’d return from work and grab the newspaper. He’d grunt, groan, laugh and comment aloud as he read. Once he laid it down, I’d scour the pages for anything baseball.
I loved The Daily Journal back then and I love it today. It’s been one of the only constant things in my life from birth until this moment. The Small family occasionally takes an undeserved beating by a few in our county but I for one am grateful for their unwavering commitment to our community. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the privilege of serving you and your readers.
The fact you believe as I do, that positive, uplifting and encouraging content is important for your community speaks volumes about you. Thank you for publishing my weekly column, that has grown from its beginnings here to over 60 weekly publications across the nation. The Daily Journal and Mike Frey believed in me first and I’m grateful.
I’ve penned this column in anticipation of the day I can no longer write to you. I have passed the torch to my son, Toby Moore, a writer, actor, CEO, and now a columnist. Toby has instructions to send this column for publication upon my death.
So thank you for reading Positively Speaking. I hope you continue. I pray that my words have made a difference and positively impacted your life. I encourage you to be the light in the darkness.
So, here is where it comes to an end. May God bless you and yours. I wish you nothing but happiness and joy.
Warmest and kindest regards from your optimistic friend,