Particularly the friends at a distance who sustain me in so many ways – in my work and faith, in keeping alive some optimism when everything immediately around me seems hopeless, in encouragement and continuing intellectual and artistic conversation.
And whose acquaintance and support would never have happened without technology.
Some I have eventually met face-to-face – in happy circumstances at colloquia and conferences. Another, only in a time of loss. And many I may never meet in this life.
In the meantime, thank you for the gift of your friendship.