First and foremost: to Nugget, Tarzan Boy and Abikins. You are in every thought, every dream. I love you always, and you will always be mine.

To my mother, whose stories inspire this more than she’ll ever be able to know. For my husband, who has supported this crazy dream although some would have opposed it, if they knew. It took courage, and may God love him for it; I sure do. To Sister Madeleine, whose words of encouragement during a chance meeting were invaluable. To Dr. Bernie Dunlap, who also encouraged me in times when encouragement was hard to find.  To Dr. Bernie Dunlap, who saw talent where others only saw difference. Thank you all.