My sponsors and skilled, kindly helpers
As anybody who has ever done anything knows, without the love and support of others, nothing is possible.
This website exists as a result of two generous-hearted souls from Hogsback - the vibrant Maggie Verster, whose skills and enthusiasm have provided me with the actual set-up; and a lovely donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but whose radiant responses to Norman's and my poetry over the years have blessed my writing. This person and Maggie both dearly wished to see my book, Greater Matter, emerge into the light of day and I can only bend my head in deep thanks that this actually happened.
There is an anonymous donor in Hogsback, from the St Patrick's Congregation, who helped sustain both my confidence levels and my grocery shopping during the writing of Greater Matter, by means of an unexpected, generous donation. I thank him/ her from the bottom of my heart.
I thank Elise Burns-Hoffman and her husband, Paul Hoffman, respectively for expert professional advice generously given in friendship, and a free proofread.
I thank Brian Walter and Jim Phelps for freely given help with publishing questions. I thank Brian Walter also for being so generous as to have done the layout for Sweet Nothings, and Marike Beyers, for her fine editorial attention and comments.
My book, Greater Matter, tracking Norman's and my experience of his illness to death and beyond, is the direct result of the voices of others - friends and family - in sympathy with poems I initially published on Facebook, sharing these with a following of about thirty kind and listening people - some of whom I have never even met face to face!
Without their encouragement, prayers and holding I would not have had the strength to carry the experience I was going through. Their names are given in the Acknowledgments.
I feel deep gratitude, too, for the profound soul experience that Norman allowed me to share with him, for entrusting himself so utterly to my instincts as he gave himself to me to help usher him to the gate of death – keeping faith with his words “our belonging together to the mortal end.”
Huge thanks is due to my editors, Ed Burle, Jacques Coetzee and John van Wyngaard, without whose bright intelligences Greater Matter could not have become shareable on a wider scale. I also thank Michael Chomse for the gift of the portrait of Norman on the cover, and Mike Barwood, for his lovely cover design. Thank you, Flow Wellington, of PoeTree Publications, for your truly inspired layout, and your generosity and patience with me and my work.
An experience, such as was documented in Greater Matter, frequently demands virtually unmediated contact with the spiritual realm.
I give thanks to the vast body of beings in that realm, from Norman’s and my Love-Angel to our Guardian Angels to the souls of ancestors and departed friends who stood by us, and still do, with soul power stringing us into contact with the Divine Powers that preside over all.
I give thanks that I have been given the privilege of producing a book such as I have evidence is providing strength and enlightenment to many readers.
Sweet Nothings turned out to build on spiritual experience grounded in the pristine natural surroundings of Hogsback and my home there at the time, High Riding. 'Grounded' is the operative word: I give thanks to mother earth for her gifts and for letting me engrave glimpses of those gifts into the pages that made Sweet Nothings the gem it is.
Now, already into 2021, I give thanks to God, my guardian angels and to Life itself, for having led me gently onward, downstream, to the coast once more, to write and make art.