To Mom and Dad who gave me the gift of life. I may not have been everything you expected, but every river makes its own course.
To my best friend Patrick. You showed me how to face fears with love, dignity and self-respect. You are a jewel among treasures. I look forward to your safe return when you’ve finished finding yourself. This book’s for you young man.
To Chris from whom I learned that too much truth hurts just as much as not enough. I learned so much from you and wouldn’t have made it without you.
To my other ‘students’: Jimmy, Josh and Troy. I thank you in the profoundest way for our times together.
And to those of no lesser value, may you continue to add to the fabric of the world in being and diversity of culture, race, gender, sexual orientation and religious or spiritual beliefs. Wherever you are now, and whatever you may be doing, you were, are and will ever be inspirational!
It is because of all of you, and for all of you, I learned to better myself.
I wouldn’t have survived without each and every one of you.
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