R. P. - At first, I did not anticipate we would have been friends after a mutual friend introduced us. However, you reminded me of a friend that I dearly love because you have an insatiable zest for life and you take crap from no-one! Your fierce feminine attitude is what drew me to you, buttressed by your firm faith in God. You continue to be kind and considerate to those that you cherish, even when you are struggling. I see that you have always yearned for a life that was more secure, but with the love that you hold in your heart, you have all the security that you need. I believe that you will continue to grow because your passion to do better is now driving your willpower. Now that you have decided where you want to be, you are making that path yourself. It is true that there are people that helping you, but you are certainly clearer on what you need for yourself. It is your SPUNK that is contagious, and whenever I am near you, I feel that we are going to take on the world. But more accurately, there is a rocksteady determination that it is going to be good day. Thank you for showing me that once I stimulate positive, loving spirits within me, all that is around me also falls into place.

S. P. - When I first met you, I was quite intimidated by you. Not only due to your qualifications and extensive global research expertise, but also because of your BEAUTY. You are a beautiful woman inside and out. You are a woman who had a panoply of experiences with and without your credentials so your level of wisdom is sacrosanct. When you give me a word of advice, I believe you. Because I know it comes from not only your mind but also your heart. You are a scholar who has been able to combine both mind and heart, and you have always been honest about your struggle between the two, with others. I have learned from your example that if I cared about a goal as much as I loved myself, it was worth pursuing. Even if that pursuit would be mocked by others, or denigrated. Others may think you unfit, unworthy, unable or not worth loving. So if that worth does not come from others, where it should it come from? You are a living testament that worth must come from self, and must be bolstered and encouraged by one who loves unconditionally. You brought me to God and I believe that I would not have finished my graduate work if I did not 're-discover' my faith. My faith in God has become impenetrable but the church that you brought me to also helped, and the church's priest was and is magnificent... "I still believe he needs to be cloned." Now, I understand why you are so beautiful. You have always been praised for your exquisite outer beauty but your inner beauty, I believe you have perfected. You know and manifest the true value of your worth... for evermore - I love you.

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