Alison, you are such a basic part of the social glue that holds this place together! Taking it on yourself to remember birthdays and to be there for people is something that you make seem effortless, yet I know that you've got to put a lot of time into it.
Saying that you have a big heart doesn't seem to catch it, though it's clearly true. I think you seem to have a sense of connectedness, more than anything, that's absolutely remarkable. I can see it here with your sensitivity to people, but it also shows up in your photographs, which show you connected into the plant and animal world on almost a quantum level, and in your poetry as well.
I was just browsing, and the facts of the matter seemed to show up in a sharp focus for a moment. I felt the urge to share them, that, and the gratitude I feel for your presence here from time to time. We don't say these things often enough.
All my best, Bob K