For some reason I felt like I should share this publicly.
Yesterday afternoon, I got a really nice e-mail from Mary Elizabeth Williams thanking me for what I wrote about her. The idea that, with everything she's going through right now, she took the time out to say something kind to somebody she's never met not only proves my point about how you can feel like you know somebody just by reading the stuff he or she puts out there into the ether -- it speaks volumes about the kind of person she is.
Bottom line: please keep her in your thoughts. She's one of the good ones.