I remember the first time a line in a book made my breath catch. It wasn't because the mask had just been pulled off the criminal’s face, or because the hero and heroine had just shared their first kiss. It was a simple line—an observation of a human mannerism as exhibited through a character.What made my breath catch was the author’s ability to express an observation I’d never known how to express with words shaped in a way I’d never thought to shape them. This author made me feel connected. A very simple, “He gets it, too!”It’s since that moment that I’ve consumed words—both native and foreign—and written and re-written my own and helped others write theirs to try to reach across the disconnect of human interaction and experience a real moment of shared understanding.