To read that "The Huffington post has a new columnist", and know that it's me, is a thrill beyond words.
And the dream-come-true--to write for such a prestigious online newspaper, with its 100 million monthly viewers--is reality only because of a lot of help from my friends.
Rev. Stephen Braddock, President and CEO of The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, opened the door at The Huffington Post. It was also Fr. Braddock who got "Homeless Isn't Hopeless" published, and then set up my first speaking dates.
Carl House created this blog and encouraged me to continue writing--to become a blogger. Dr. William Parke, too, has been this column's friend and technical advisor whenever needed, which--due to my limited computer skills--has been often.
Without these friends, there would be no "Homeless Isn't Hopeless", the blog, and for me, there would be no Huffington Post.
Then there is you--an appreciated member of a small but loyal readership which has kept alive my lifelong love affair with writing. And here I must mention, and thank again, Demetrios, whose regular comments of agreement or disagreement have added so much to this space.
"Homeless Isn't Hopeless", the blog, will continue on, and I hope that you will stop by to visit often, as time permits. Some of the blogs in this space will be picked up and will appear in The Huffington Post Culture/Impact section. I will not know in advance if a blog has been picked up by The Huffington Post--or when it will appear.
I will also be doing original columns for The Huffington Post on a regular, but not daily, basis
My first column for The Huffington Post appears on the front page of the Culture/Impact section today (Friday, April 13). The easiest way to get right to my column is to Google "William Laney Huffington Post April 13".