ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Stories from the author’s life highlight the active role played by her parents in shaping her life path. Her father taught her to think, to take responsibility for her thoughts and to never be afraid of them. Her mother provided the foundation and security which enabled her to fly free so that she could know herself. Both her parents had their roles to play and they played them perfectly.

Her husband from who she is separated continues to play an important role in her life.

She describes her two sons as her wings. They teach her to fly and they do so with patience, acceptance, and understanding and always with unconditional love.

For twenty years her best friend has walked by her side learning to love without conditions, holding her hand when she stumbled, being there no matter what.

The project team has been wonderful. Her book editor is a gift from the universe, always steadfast and patient. Her web site designers have been creative partners over many years, balancing their mutual rapport with the utmost professionalism. Her social networking advisers teach her, selflessly, the joys of the new media revolution. All her advisers continue to play their unique roles in the evolution of the journey.

A special thank you to her local community; to the director of the local primary school, one of the most wonderful people she has met, teachers and monitors; to all of the staff at the infant school; her neighbours, close friends and acquaintances of diverse personalities and countless nationalities who help her practice, daily, the art of living through love.

She is grateful to each friend, each family member, each colleague and each acquaintance for their contribution to this project and to her life’s journey. She is particularly grateful to the women she met in Marbella where she now lives; who have also been instrumental in her growth - fellow members of Mi Casita, in particular members of the management team who have invested time and conviction in the journey to here. You know who you are.

She also wishes to acknowledge the work of other authors whose works add value to her words; the creators of the Internet, the DIY bloggers and writers, and developers of resources such as Wikipedia, Google and so many more who have revolutionised the way we see, understand and use knowledge, forever.

She was inspired to start writing again by the millions of people across the world, who during the American elections in two thousand and eight rooted for change - of the status quo. Even though she is convinced that governments cannot deliver change and that this historical moment was symbolic, just a tiny step on the hard road that we must tread; she was inspired because these people wanted an alternative narrative. They believed in the better side of our collective humanity. Thank You.

She would like to dedicate the How would that make you feel? series to the young people she met and worked with over the years. They gave her the strength to never give up. She feels strongly that the young are the custodians of the future and that Fred Astaire was right: "Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young."  We have to and we must.