I started my blog as a way to keep my memories and family stories for my children. It grew into a place where I could share my deepest feelings as my mother declined and then died. I was amazed by the wealth of friendship out there and discovered that friendship itself had been redefined. All the writing I wanted to do finally had an outlet and in the meantime my world was opened up as I met people in Afganistan, Turkey, and Africa. Their words and thoughts expanded my view of the world and this expanded view became another part of my ever-evolving blog. From family memories to broad world view, it has been quite a journey in a short period of time and I'm looking forward to more in 2007.