End of the Year Blog

For my final blog of the year I wanted to mention the people who I am most grateful for knowing and who had a profound impact on my life in 2012.

Before I begin I’d like to convey my thoughts and prayers to the people and families who were shaken by the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Now to the people who made a difference in my life this past year…

First, my good friend of many years, Margaret Mott, tops my list. I am grateful for having her in my life. Her generosity, passion and drive are inspiring. I appreciate her kind spirit and friendship. Thank you, Margaret, for being my good friend.





For this past year I had the pleasure of working on Congressman Howard Berman’s campaign. During that time I had the distinct privilege of getting to know Howard Berman who I think is an incredible person. Words cannot express my admiration for not only a fine politician and legislator, but a truly great human being. Everyone should be fortunate enough to know Howard Berman. Howard, I am proud to call you my friend.





While working on Howard’s campaign I was also fortunate to meet two fine people. There are no better, more accomplished and generous souls as Fawn & Keith Weaver. I feel honored to have gotten to know you and have you both in my life. Thank you for your friendship.









I’d like to express my gratitude to my special friend, Diane MacGillivray, who I admire and respect and demonstrated remarkable generosity and kindness this year. You are not only a beautiful and brilliant woman, but a gracious and magnanimous human being. Thank you for being you.









I am thankful to Occidental College Professor, Caroline Heldman, who invited me to speak with her class about writing and politics. Caroline is a well respected political professor who appears often on national news networks and helped rebuild New Orleans after the hurricane disaster. I am very glad to know such a brilliant and generous soul who is always trying to make a difference in the world.






I was fortunate enough to have Boston Herald reporter, Laura Raposa, feature me and my book in her column called Inside Track. Laura, you’re an angel who I am grateful for having touched my life this year. Thank you for your generosity and your kindness.  Words cannot truly express my appreciation.






Another person whose generosity knows no bounds is Katherine Sears, the wizard behind Booktrope Editions. Not only are you an extraordinary woman, but a gifted and talented literary scout. Thank you for believing in me and my book.  I don’t think that saying “thank you” is nearly adequate enough in expressing my appreciation.






And, finally, I need to mention my editor and book manager, Adam Bodendieck. Without Adam’s contribution, my book, “The Dead Boy’s Legacy,” might not have seen the light of day. You are a talented, devoted and caring literary genius. Thank you for believing in and refining my book and putting your heart and soul into guiding it to publication.









Of course I need to mention my parents, Pat & Richard Shuman, for their unwavering dedication and devotion every step of the way. I am grateful for your support and love. No author could have a better PR firm than you guys. So, thank you!

Other mentions by name; Marni Mann, Jesse James, Tess Thompson, Andy Roberts, Heather Ludviksson, Ken Shear, Jean Rychlik, Phyllis Chow, Janis Berman, Gene Smith, Darby Levin, Laura Shapanus, Rebecca Scarberry, Ginger Lashley, Bill Ryan, Vonda Pelto, Richard Arlook, Jim & Rebecca Koski and Kim & Paula Estes.

I hope (all of you) are fortunate enough to have these kinds of great people in your lives. For I believe that it is the people and the experiences in our lives that make the journey worthwhile, and much more gratifying.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. Tess Hardwick December 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    Beautiful post. 2013 is going to be a good year for both of us! Big hugs.

  2. Cassius Shuman December 17, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Thanks Tess! Hugs back! :)

  3. Nancy December 18, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    Cass, you are blessed to have so many loving and supportive people in your life. I hope you cherish each and every one of them and realize how absolutely lucky you are to have such a band of people who care for you. Especially those two people Pat and Richard. Oh wait! They have to love you….But seriously, you are extremely fortunate to have so many people who have your back. Don’t lose sight of that. Looks like this journey you are on is loaded with people pushing you, pulling you and walking beside you.

  4. Cassius Shuman December 18, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    Wow! Thank you so much Nancy. That was a really nice message. :)

  5. Lisette Brodey December 19, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    What a lovely way to the the year! Such a nice blog, Cassius. And a great reminder to all to remember the gratitude we have for those who have made our lives so much better. And so special.

    All best wishes,

  6. Marni Mann December 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m so grateful for your friendship and support, and I’m honored to call you my friend. 2013 is going to be an amazing year for the both of us. :) xo

    • Cassius Shuman December 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

      The feeling is definitely mutual MM! Thank you for your kind message! Love ya’! :)

  7. Fawn Weaver May 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Wow, Cash! Thanks. Don’t know how we missed this (maybe because we were in a different part of the world and not checking FB much over this time :)). I came across this picture of us in Google Images and wondered where it came from. And alas, it pointed me here :).

    • Cassius Shuman May 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      It’s my pleasure, Fawn! :) All the best to you and Keith.

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