Talent comes in many flavors and one of the things I have discovered is that it’s a never ending growth process. “Mrs. Smiley,” all the smiley faces you keep around to remind everyone to keep that smile has not gone unheard. You might have commented that I am good at rallying the troops but it takes the wisdom of someone like you to provide the energy to make a rallying effort seem effortless. I’ve had the pleasure of working with you for several years now and in those moments I have been granted the gift of holding on and to […]


Wow, it has been along time since I first walked in to the VA. You made me feel comfortable and at ease within minutes. Since then, you and I had shared in some of the best memories I have to date. You helped me out of numerous crisis and provided guidance on issues that you either were cringing at or laughing over privately. So much of my life starting in Seattle is owed to you. I probably wouldn’t have survived with out your input. Besides that, you have given me unconditional friendship and support. You can’t ask for a better […]


I can’t thank you enough for your support the one evening I made such a fool of myself. Honestly, I don’t remember much, only that I was completely off my rocker. I do remember how much you looked after me and made sure I was all right. I have always been grateful for that. There have been other occasions you have given advice not really intending on it but it was heard as advice. On all those occasions I have listened and taken it to heart. You a man full of compassion and understanding, I hope that passion never dies […]


Bat Girl in deed! I couldn’t resist using that photo because even before I knew you had this outfit for Halloween, I had the sneaky feeling that you possessed far more hidden talents than what was first noticeable. I am forever grateful for your insight and truly witty comments each day. You have made working at a sometimes truly depressing place worth wild. Your desire to keep going and enjoying the moments in life are one of your greatest gifts and one I am proud to have been given, even if you didn’t notice that you had given it.


You don’t know how much I miss you today. There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not thinking about you. We had some of the best times together, if there was one thing I wish I could do, it would be to travel back in time and change the way we left each other. Unfortunately, I can’t but the lesson I have learned is painful but remembered. Never take your friends for granted and never ever walk away from them. You are so important to who I am today, you showed me that having fun is something […]


Grandma, I spent much more time with you when I was younger. Now that you are no longer with us on this earth, I wish I had done the same as an adult. I will never forget the memories of my childhood with you, the time we spent making 3-corners and other fun foods. Plus, the mystery of your past and how you came to America. Grandma, your memories are with me today. Love from your grandson.


My dearest friend. How you have watched my life grow, it’s hard to imagine what my life would have been without your help, support and love throughout the years. I can’t tell you how much I cherish our friendship, even today, we both have such different lives and rarely get a chance to spend any time together but we still keep in contact and keep up with each others changing worlds when we can. There are so many memories that I have of our friendship, Anev, TLN, Marie, Ferry Street, CTI, Bob and a variety of others in between and […]


When I first met you, you where new to the group. We didn’t talk much and I watched as you discovered the new friendships in that group. It wasn’t until much later that we became closer friends. Now, it seems that you have been there all along. One thing that compels me to your side has been your remarkable ability to be up front, honest and tremendously open about yourself. I love your talent for debate. You and I have squared off on more than one occasion to debate and challenge the other to open our minds and exchange opinion […]


My Mom! You gave me life and you have inspired me ever since. You have been supportive of me through times when some parents run away. With everything you have had to put up with through the years, you deserve every luxury of life. My dreams have always been to provide you with those luxuries and they always will. I will always love you and I’ll always be your son and friend. I love you Mom!

Pat W

We have known each other for a bit of time now. I remember our first meeting in UO and how you managed to show me the meaning of killing my character after I’d only been playing a day (add to that, loosing everything I had on me). Over the years in our little game world and outside it, you have always been there. Listening to me gripe about this or deal with that. It might have been virtual adventures we have gone on but through each of these treks, we became close friends and now you are one of my […]