This is an open valentine to all my loves and a tribute to the many incarnations of love.
My husband - Adam - often my best friend, always my lover, my ally in the creative life, my cheerleader and partner in crime
My best friend - Patty - who has known me more than three decades and ridden along beside me on my wild rides, my storms, my joys and my griefs; she offers advice if I ask, and sometimes when I don't
Elsa - my dog - and all my dogs before and yet to be; and all the cats I've ever had, or wanted, or can ever care for
Sweetie - my odd 'child' - the chatty African gray parrot who believes I am her husband
Ira, Sylvia, Brett, Wendi, Dean - family at a distance, but still and always family
David and Belle - gone now but not forgotten
Wendy - we were best friends for two decades, then apart for a long time - we've patched things up a bit
My patients - the bewildered bedraggled fellows whom society has passed over or tossed away because they answer to other voices
My co-workers - we share the burdens and beliefs that come with helping those with mental illness
My co-writers - couldn't we have chosen an easier way of life?
Love to all of you on Valentine's Day.
Causes Evelyn Sharenov Supports
Oregon Humane Society, ASPCA, PETA, HSUS