I dedicate this to my husband, Russell, whose love, patience, and advice were most valued in the writing process. You are a pearl of great value as my mother once remarked. Your cover photo of Beaver Lake Nature Center evokes fond memories.
To my children, Tom and Emily, who offered inspiration and gave encouragement along the way: I love you dearly, my honey cake and sugar plum. Thank you for cheering me on.
To my sisters, Sheila and Jean, who read some of the poems and gave me ideas for others: you are the best. We had good times together.
To all my family, friends and colleagues along life’s journey who read the poems and offered positive feedback, especially Jerry: thanks for supporting my efforts.