i dated on and off for many of those years. Like most couples who do that dance for so long, we had exceptional times – and our challenges. (What? And YOU don’t?) Through the years we’ve always been able to recognize the qualities that attracted us to one another from the start. As close friends we still enjoy a good laugh. Support each others endeavors. And are happy for one another’s successes. The last thing I would do is make a disparaging post about Mark (so whoever you are, cut it out!). He and I get more from acceptance and forgiveness than the alternatives. They’re the gifts that delight (and surprise) the universe.