A few years ago, writer Michael Kimball began a unique project: Michael Kimball Writes Your Life Story (on a postcard). It started out as live literary performance art and then became a blog. Five years passed and over 300 hundred life stories were written, encompassing over 10,00 years of life. A book of some of those life stories has just been released by Mud Luscious Press. A writer buddy, Josh Maday, told me about the project and encouraged me to send in my life story. I was uncomfortable with the idea at first. I’m very happy that I eventually did, because it gave me the extra push that I needed to break out of my cocoon and get to work on my memoir. I was stunned and so very honored that Michael Kimball choose to include his condensed interpretation of my life in this potent little book of remarkable and turbulent lives. He has treated each and every life with empathy and honesty. I’m delighted to see that he is getting a lot of attention for his latest novel, Big Ray, which was Book of the Week at Oprah.com a few months ago. It’s also getting praise in the mainstream press. His earlier novel, Dear Everybody, captures the essence of depression like no other novel I’ve read. His distinct, yet accessible voice is a welcome change from the commercialized, forgettable chatter of mass literature.