When I was a girl, most of the other kids thought I was crazy because my favorite people to spend time with were my Grandmother and two eighty plus year old women living two doors away. I was enchanted by them and the stories of history they lived through and brought alive for me.
I also remember that anyone over the age of thirty was over-the-hill...so I wonder what today's youth would say if I said to them, "December 12th, I turn 60, and altough my body is not my best friend, this is the best, happiest time of my life."
They'd think I am as crazy as the kids did back when I was sitting wide-eyed at the feet of those wise, wonderful women.
Why do I feel this way?
Well because of the list of people that follows, all of them deserving recipients of my CIRCLE OF FRIENDS AWARD. (Follow the links to learn more about these incredible people...and to the ones spotlighted here, please copy and paste your award to your own spots.)
Kat Holmes...my daughter
Lea Schizas...my beloved publisher and soul-sister
Litsa Kamateros...my marketing director and soul sister
Glenn Kleier...brother beneath the skin and family of my spirit.
Karen Coté...Angel Girl and so much more
Tanja Cilia...another soul sister who is bringing Malta to life for all of us.
Gail Branan...My Y'All Soul Sister...my friend, and more.
Deliah K. Stephans...Creator of every one of my book covers and a daughter and sister to my heart.
Tiger Matthews...Brother and guardian of Delilah's joy, love, and laughter. Love you and am in your debt Tiger.
Ginger Simpson...Your humor keeps me placing one foot before the other at times when I want to curl up and cry.
Cyrus Keith...Brad...My Brother, my friend, and the restorer of my pride in what has gone before.
Roseanne Dowell...A sister who is always there.
Chris Speakman...The first of my sisters to learn the meaning of "Ahems"
Nancy Bell...Your heart is as wide as as ocean, your soul as life sustaining as a heartbeat.
Kevin Hopson...who with his wife taught me the true meaning of grace in the face of tragedy. I love you both.
Ellee Braun...Sweetie you never need to feel alone again.
Barbara Ehrentreu...your heart is so wide the world could crawl inside.
Suzannah Safi...Your beautiful visions make my world a brighter place.
Heather Haven...Meow my Sister
Jim Hartley...You made me a bear and became my spirit's Teddy.
Penny Ehrenkrantz...you were the first to open your universe to mine, and I'm not ever leaving. Hope that's okay?
Please return for part two.