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Alright, I wasn't going to post anything today about this, but there are two people on this site that have, on your own, made this a birthday worth remembering in a time of immense difficulty in my life. Tina and Claire, thank you both so much. Today has...well, for lack of a better term, sucked, until I came online. Then, I realised how fortunate I am that I came upon this community of talented writers and outright wonderful people. You are both incredible, as human beings, as individuals, as writers, and, very importantly, as friends. I hope that, one day, I'll be able to meet you both face to face and show you how much your friendship means to me. To both of you, never lose your spark, either for life, or for writing. Never lose the desire and ability to love and care about others. I look forward to my next twenty years, hopefully all of which will include you as an integral part of my life. You're both invited to see me conduct in Vienna when I finally make it. I'll fly you out, personally.

Namaste, my dear friends,


'He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.'
-Lao Tzu

'Tomorrow will take us away,
Far from home--
No one will ever know our names,
But the bards' songs will remain.
Tomorrow, all will be known,
And You're not alone,
So don't be afraid
In the dark and cold
'Cause the bards' songs will remain.
They all will remain
In my thoughts and in my dreams
They're always in my mind....
Come close Your eyes;
You can see them, too.'
Blind Guardian,
The Bard's Song: Into the Forest

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The following comments are for "Birthday, hooray"
by the Co.konspirator

I forgot to mention...your kind words nigh moved me to tears today...just so you know...

William :)

( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: August 5, 2004 )

What a beautiful sweet note to your friends! I can see why you say Claire and Tina are so special, they light up this Forum. Happy Birthday! And as Tina would say "Namaste."


( Posted by: nae411 [Member] On: August 5, 2004 )

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Co.K - All the best on your birthday. Next year I'll buy you a pint.

Cheers - Carl

( Posted by: cjmiller [Member] On: August 5, 2004 )

Happy Birthday William
Happy Birthday William...A man's true legacy is not necessarily the success he has in life, but by the friends who loved him and revere him long after he is gone. Of your musical successs...I have no doubt...and the new friends you are making here at Lit will be legion I am sure. Happy Birthday from yet another!

Grandma Bea

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 6, 2004 )

Just in case you two thought I was kidding...
I'm not kidding. If, God willing, we're still in contact when I make my professional conductorial European debut, expect a plane ticket in the mail.

All smiles here,

( Posted by: the Co.konspirator [Member] On: August 6, 2004 )

happy b-day...
sorry i was late in wishing it!!

( Posted by: Cynical_Scribe [Member] On: August 6, 2004 )

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