Dili’s Log 傾聽你的心 ― dedicated to the people that got me here.

Indelible names

There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Every one who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

George Matthew Adams

不聞不若聞之,聞之不若見之,見之不若知之,知之不若行之;學至於行之而止矣

For your faith, that gave me wings.
For your patience, that suffered me.
For your encouragement, that was relentless.
For your presence, that was unconditional.
For your empathy, when I deserved judgment.
For your comfort, through loneliness and desolation.
For your love, when I was unlovable.
Thank you…
For you taught me the life I now live.
Dulce bellum inexpertis.
Invictus maneo.

― Dili’s Memoirs

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Special Dedication to Dr. Kim Haimes-Korn

The teacher that taught me writing as an exploratory means for inquiry and discourse, as well as a fine art. I have written much in both technical and non-technical fields, and have benefited from the significant value good writing brings. My literary life hasn’t been the same since Dr. Kim Haimes-Korn. Thank you, Dr. Haimes-Korn.

“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”
― ( E.M. Forester – 1927)
In honor of Dr. Kim Haimes-Korn

Friend Patrons

Dr. Ron Koger: an incomparable mentor and advocate to whom I owe more than I can say. Thank you Dr. Koger, words can never tell the impact you had on who I have become.
Paul and Susan Dimmick: The measure of a good mentor is not by how much of their advice we follow to every letter, but by how much influence their guidance has on our decision making. Thanks for the courage you facilitated in me.

Women that Impacted Me

Tracey Newton, Susan Scott, Virginia Wiley, Anna Ruth Flagg, Laura Wood: a heart warming friend, Monica Marshall, Laurie Chandler, Barbara Spohn, Lora Kight: a sister’s love and a friend’s kindness.

Men that Impacted Me

Rob Ray Taylor, Allen Scott, Frank Brannon, Tim English, Walter DuPre, Dick Leslie, Steve Beard, Eddie Birchfield, Tom Stacy, Steve McMillan, Blake Young, Earl Pettit, David Plyler, Forde Kay, Scotty Candler, Jerry Peterson, Mike Franchot, Knox Wilmer, David Clappier, Bill Peard 

Relations

To my outstanding sister, Kera, who was my best friend and protectress during our young and more vulnerable years in boarding school.
To my parents and siblings. I love you all ― most of the time.

Remembering my grandmother, Mary Rose Mbaezue, whose soft reassurance I could never forget. Fond thoughts also of Sylvia Omini, Onumasi Okafor: death cheats and memories redress. Robert Ikwuadinso ― the closest to the ideal big brother I had in childhood.

John & Marilyn Kelly: my second parents in my adopted hometown of Edinboro Pennsylvania, which is and will always be one of my favorite places in the United States.

Academia

Erin Sledd: another great teacher that made an impact. Thanks, Erin! Dr. James Ponnley: the only math teacher that mattered.. of blessed memory. Thank you, Dr. Ponnley.

From High School: Adun Akinyemiju, S. O. Adigun, F. T. Himmikaye, S. O. Otoide, A. O. Edun, Lola James, N. J. Osai. A heartfelt appreciation for seeing something in me at a time I could not have possibly believed alone. Today, that future continues to emerge. Thank you.

Other

There are and continue to be people that add positively to the story of our lives. Many have names we tragically may never remember again. Others, like my literature teacher in elementary school whom I only remember as Mr. David, are remembered as though from another lifetime. Most of my teachers through life and school expected so much of me and fostered their hopes. All those past ‘lifetimes’ were the building blocks of the present. Wherever you are, thank you. You made a difference.

Thank you.
Memores acti prudentes futuri

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