Here's a hotlist of some people whose love and friendship have been profound and moving influences in my life. This is a long one. In mostly alphabetical order, although I saved some extremely special ones for last.
neurobabe, who I have known via MOO and MUD and AIM for well over ten years now. The brainy chicky helped me find my way back to God, just by being herself, and has been a strong support for me for all these years.
megleigh is the other person who led me back to God, simply by being herself. Meg is so very important in my life, and I would be lost without her.
amaebi, a sweet and gentle lady, who has been helping me further on my walk with faith, and who I consider one of the wisest women I know.
brontelicious, who taught me how to laugh at myself and at the absurdity of life, and she looks great in a bra hat. She's an AuroraMUDder, my original "net family".
deinos_imp is another Auroran, and a man who has repeatedly made me look into my own motivations and reasons for doing things.
freetrav has taught me about generosity of spirit and helping the people you love. I wish I were more like this guy. Honestly, if Sam and I hadn't met and connected, I would not have been surprised if I had fallen for FT. Instead, I have a heart brother, and that's just as good, in my book.
flaim is part three of the "Jenn's Faith Journey" trinity (EDIT: Just realized, my trinity is like a Douglas Adams trilogy!), another who leads by example, he's my idea of what a Christian should be.
Ginger is a woman I met in my old rosary making days, on a rosary maker's email list. We did a rosary swap with each other, became email buddies, and then one day out of the blue I got an email telling me that she was coming to California for her birthday, to spend it with ME. Wow! Ginger is one of my closest RL friends, second only to Renee. She's my sanity link, and her daughter, stormyskies, is pretty fucking nifty, too.
griffen. Okay folks, there's just no way to describe griffen. He ALWAYS makes me think, ALWAYS makes me wonder, and ALWAYS makes me care. If you don't know him, get to know him. His life journey is fascinating, and his generosity of spirit knows no bounds.
gundo and born_to_me. These two go together, perfect complements for each other. Their deep and abiding love for each other, their ability to take what life throws at them and keep on rolling, their awe and wonder over their wonderful little boy, the miracle child, their amazing creativity and artistry, all of these things inspire me.
jennkitty.. Good God, I hated Jenn at first. We're talking major major CantStandHerItis. Fortunately, a very rocky start turned into a smooth friendship. One of the major lessons I learned from Jenn: I don't have to hurt myself to deal with my hurt.
laurapatrick, who has taught me that if you can't insult your friends, you can't insult ANYBODY. Seriously though, she's taught me to laugh, at myself, at my friends, at my life, at the world. And I am filled with admiration over how she is pursuing her education, and with how she got over a horrible marriage and has built herself a damn fine new marriage.
memesis.. I don't even know where to begin with Bill. I think he is a prime reason I survived my "courtship" with my ex with any semblance of sanity left in my skull.
mwerle - sweet, silly, deceptively "innocent" Micha. He and I share something in common: we've both had a spouse dump us for our best friend. In fact, I met him the very night that it happened to him, and years later, when it happened to me, Micha was 100% there for me, called me in the loony bin from London, sent me cards, helped me crawl out of the self pity aftermath, and basically, is a primary reason I survived it.
raginglunatic. This is another Jen, but a one N Jen. What I love about Jen is she doesn't let me bullshit myself. Jen calls it exactly how she sees it, and if she sees bullshit, she doesn't candy coat it. This is an invaluable trait to have in a friend.
David Hershey-Webb.. I've been in love with David since I was eleven years old. In the ensuing THIRTY TWO YEARS??? OMG! I've learned so much about love, loyalty, friendship, and abiding trust in another person from David. My life without this man would be lacking.
Renee is the very best friend I've ever had in my life. I did an entire long post about her here: http://j3nny3lf.livejournal.com/340903.html
booyah136, my wonderful daughter. God, I'm so proud of her. http://j3nny3lf.livejournal.com/156958.html - it's very short, but it says it all.
ehy2k is my sister. She got HER own post here: http://j3nny3lf.livejournal.com/232901.html
Sam: Uh.. he's got too many posts in my LJ to list. But here's one: http://j3nny3lf.livejournal.com/75986.html
And finally my Dad, Roger Thomas, the best father a girl could have ever had, somebody who knew what unconditional love was and lived it. http://j3nny3lf.livejournal.com/256472.html is my own entry about him, and this one is my sister's really really good entry about him: http://ehy2k.livejournal.com/55247.html