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Prof. Samra Bufkins, my colleague and friend, you gave me strength when I needed it
most. You lifted my head and revived my spirit. Dr. Clinton Brand and Dr. Janet Lowery, both of
you shone with excellence, compassion, brilliance, and virtue. Prof. Michael Sofranko, you
taught me more about writing than I could ever even fathom. Hart Baker and Carol Simmons,
you saw something special in that wild-eyed teenager with a voracious hunger for literature and
an Irish heart full of words. I truly believe we three are patched into the same literary soul, the
same bookish otherness that shines through us together. My parents, who have been endlessly
supportive, and who have put up with me since Day One. Even as a child I knew it, I would say
"I am the luckiest boy in the world and outer space, too." That remains true to this day. Thank
you. Chris and Sarah, I am thankful for every moment we share. Mike and Carol, you have
enlightened me politically. Cindy, God bless you and your beautiful heart and your love and your
depth. I am at home when I am with you. I thank God every day that I know you, and that you
raised such an amazing daughter, such an amazing family. We all came from the same music-
driven planet, and I never feel homesick when I am around you. Thank you, Sherry. I met you
only once, for a brief "hello," but I feel close to you-you live, shining, in the people I love
most, who miss you every single day. Who honor you every moment. Your spirit, your music,
and your style fill every smile and laugh that we all share. Caroline Mckinzie Phillips, god bless
the day I found you, you are my soulmate, my love. Home is wherever I'm with you. More than
anyone else, you guided me through the arduous, at times harrowing, journey to complete this
thesis. God only knows what I'd be without you:
(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands -e.e. cummings
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