Thank you so much to those of you who have written letters on Troy's behalf (see next post below). Your response has thrilled both Troy and I; we are blessed. And we can still use more.
This post has some important further tips for those of you who haven't finished your letters yet.
I had our lawyer review some of the early submissions and he said an effective letter is about Troy's effect on YOU PERSONALLY — how his ideas or spirit have touched you personally and produced something tangible.
For example, I have a friend who, after being inspired by reading Troy's work, found herself relaxing internally and listening carefully to a friend who normally frustrates her. It's a small thing, but if you've ever taken an action, had a kind thought, done something you might not otherwise have done, because of Troy’s work, write about it. Also, if you've used Troy's work in any way, quoted him in something you've written, used his work in your classroom or workplace, write about that. This in addition to whatever else you might say in answer to our list of suggested points in the last post below.
Three other key points that some early submissions may have missed:
1. Include, if not your whole address, at least your city, state and country below your signature unless you use letterhead.
2. Your letters have to come to me; please do not send directly to the Parole Board. My address is Maryann Gorman, PO Box 731, Narberth, PA 19072 USA.
3. I would like to have letters by July 15.
If you've already written and would like to revise your letter per this post, let me know. There is time.
Again, Troy and I thank you all so much for your inspiring letters. I look forward to receiving more!