I would like to dedicate this memoir to:
My children and grandchildren,
so that they may have my words and life stories
to nurture themselves with, and maybe
see my humanity (good and not so good) more closely
and know above all that love can heal anything.
To my husband, John,
who has lighted my path with so many gifts
I never thought I would ever experience:
unconditional love, loyalty, companionship, forgiveness,
humor and more political awareness and opinions
than I thought I would ever have!
To the family members
who have stood by me, rallied me and loved me.
And to my dear friends,
whose support, love and concern for my family and me
has been an unwavering, courageous and pure gift.
I have been the lucky beneficiary of all these gifts,
and with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation
give you all in return stories of my life.
I hope you enjoy them.