Linda, who writes over at Grab my Wrist, tested for shodan last Saturday. In her style, there is a tradition of writing a letter to O'Sensei as part of the final preparation for testing. This is the link to hers.
Your art has expanded my understanding, opened my heart, and
enlivened my spirit. These have been happy, free, rewarding years.
Through Aikido I have begun to discover who I am. --Linda Eskin