T. E. - As one of my closest African-American friends from the South, you taught me how to love unconditionally. Why was that important? Because I did not believe that love to that degree - between female friends - existed in this country (USA). Your heart is huge and what is most amazing - you carry around a big smile with it. I have never seen someone work as hard as you did in graduate school. You did not play, and I wondered what I was doing. You inspired me to be serious about what I produced even when others did not care as much. But even more important than that, you enjoyed life as you worked hard. I would be feeling my worst - absolute worst - and you would come around with that big smile - "What's up girl?" And I would suddenly forget why I was feeling upset. You light up the room and your luminosity is contagious. And then I think we share the same birth month, and recognize that "It's not all that bad." You remind me - love knows no boundaries - will break down every obstacle in its way - especially when someone like YOU comes along.

Quarterly Quote

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." ~ Alan Rickman

"We categorized, labeled, and measured ourselves and then made a niche to match. The niche became our boundary, so that our aim became filling niches instead of fulfilling our lives." ~ Virgina Satir