Cashmere Comes From Goats: Acknowledgements
Would you give up arms for wings?
For Spunky and Tom. In the order they transformed me.
And for my parents who continue to do so.
Row row row your boat.
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.
Life is but a dream.
A heartfelt cosmic thank you to Alison Pick, my mentor at the Humber School for Writers. And to Bruce Cockburn who demonstrated to me, early on, how the resilient beauty of the creative life is also a life of service to truth.
Friends, family and colleagues provide important support and the lived experiences that shape a story like this one. My particular thanks to Diane Fairbairn, Carol Howorko-Jensen and Rhona Shand. Rebecca Gowan has been a steady presence since our first writing workshop at the Sage Hill Writing Experience with our teachers Kimmy Beach and John Gould in 2014. Thank you for coming to Montreal with me for our second writing workshop in 2015. I extend a special thank you to Karen Cranston for a lifetime of interest in my creative pursuits. You captured my imagination when you told me about the Cathars and your yearly escapades at Montségur. Thank you for the invitation to join you in 2017. I’m inspired and fascinated by the masterful contributions of my editor, Penny McKinlay. You know so much more than where to put a comma or why I need to take one out. My deepest gratitude is reserved for Tom Yeshe. You are a fascinating human, a compelling writer, an honest critic, and my closest friend. You read the first paragraph and told me to keep going. That enthusiasm was this inspiration. Jai Ma!