Christmas is a magical time, there is no way around it. It is the one festival during the year that we are allowed to drop our guard, and express our feelings and love to those dear to us, without reservation, and without having to adopt the personae all of us have to adopt to cope in an increasingly barbaric and inhuman world. It’s a way for all of us to say “thank you” to each other, for the love and support we give and receive. None of us, truly, is an island, nor do any of us “make it” entirely on our own.
We all stand on the efforts and shoulders of each other. We all need to give, and receive, love, and this one festival allows us to do that, to take stock of our blessings, and to say thank you, and that is what I want to do here.
It has been a year since this website makeover occurred, and I would not have done it without the encouragement of two of my oldest and dearest friends, Mr. DiGriz, my web developer, and a former student of mine way back in the day I was still a college professor. I doubted my ability to do this, given my technical and computer ineptitude, but Mr. DiGriz has persisted with patience with me, and the professional look and feel to the website is entirely his doing. Thank you my friend.
The other influence on my life for the past almost two decades I have known him, is my friend Dr. Scott D. deHart. I cannot tell all of you how many times, during some very dark times, this man has literally pulled my fat out of the fire. He too encouraged me in the website development, and more importantly, has now ventured forth with me in joint writing projects, beginning with The Grid of the Gods and continuing with a book he and I c0-authored this past summer, another two ebooks which we are currently working on. He has been more than a friend, he’s been an inspiration and a brother. Thank you Scott.
To my publishers, Adam Parfrey of Feral House, and David Hatcher Childress of Adventures Unlimited Press, another big thank you. You’ve both taken some risks on some very controversial books, and without you, these ideas would never have seen the light of day. Thank you!
I couldn’t be complete in this inventory of thanks without also saying how much I owe to my dear friend George Ann Hughes of The Byte Show… for years of friendship, for counsel during some sad times, for constant cheerfulness and a wide open, gentle and all-embracing heart. Thank you George Ann.
And finally, to all of you, for your support, your memberships, your donations, your prayers…. none of what I have been able to accomplish in this past year would have been possible without you. I wish I could name all of you, but there are so many. Writing and researching is a very lonely vocation most of the time, and for your companionship along the way, for your comments, encouragement, for your stimulating questions in our vid-chats… for all of it, I thank you all, and wish you all, and your dear ones,
A very Merry Christmas and every blessing in the New Year.