In life, we are born into a family. In addition, as we grow up, we choose a new family.
Here I introduce you to the family I have chosen to participate in. These are my
friends... my chosen family.
|Eric Bart Luna
||A dear friend. He makes a special appearance in the relationship section of this site. Eric and I
have dated off and on since we met in August of 1997 until January of 2000.
|Edward Ray Smith
||How odd that I only realized after Ed made his transition that I didn't
have him on this list. Ed was generous and kind. He gave of his time, his resources, and
himself. The last year or so of his life he was ill with cancer. On Saturday, May 6, 2001,
he passed at the age of 39. His legacy was the demonstration of what it means to live a
life of loving service.
||An East Coast connection. Damian sat next to me in an Analysis class in
college. He is an avid gamer, and a generally very cool guy.
||Another East Coast connection. Maria once dated my second cousin. She is
raising two children, Nicholas and Sarah, with a lot of support from friends and family.
She is an amazing woman.
||Visit his web site! He's my
sailing connection. We've known each other since college, but I only really got to know
Hal when he started dating my dance partner Sarah (below). He was a co-skipper on the fabulous Caribbean Eclipse Trip!
||My dear friend and former dance
partner. She was also a co-skipper on the fabulous
Caribbean Eclipse Trip! (Did I mention it was fabulous?) Sarah asked me to dance with
her... well... because I was taller than she was. Over time we created a wonderful
friendship. She works part of the time teaching sailing. She has taught oceanography on a
sailing ship. She has also led groups with Outward
Bound and other similar organizations.
|Nick & Rebecca Donaldson
||My Oakland connection. Nick and Rebecca were crew on ... you guessed
it... the fabulous Caribbean Eclipse Trip! The are
simply way-cool people that I enjoy hanging out with when I go north. I don't see them
nearly as much as I would like.
||My connection to California when I moved to Los Angeles. I met Christina
the week after graduating from high school. She had just graduated from a high school in
Maryland. We were down on the eastern shore with mutual friends. I saw her again two years
later when she visited the East Coast. Then four years after that I was visiting my friend
Al in Tucson, and we drove up to LA to hang out. Four years after that I moved to
California, and Christina invited me to participate in an Insight Seminar. We've been
close friends ever since.
||I've known Stasa since my senior year of high school. We haven't always
been close. Our life paths have taken us in varying directions. Yet there has always been
a connection there. She also happens to be the only woman I ever dated!
||Another man I dated, from March 2002 to August 2004. He taught me a lot
about how important it is to share openly and bring forward full honesty to maintain a