Since August 2002 I have had friends all over the world. Most of those friends I will most likely never meet. Still, if I needed advise, was feeling down, couldn't sleep, wanted to eat but knew I shouldn't, I could turn on the computer and there was always someone there or something to read.
Because of Gumbo Ya-Ya I have read books that I might never have read and learned so much more than could have learned on my own. I have been able to read the opinions and life stories of hundreds of women (and a few good men) and they have all taught me that no matter how different we are, we are the same in some way.
Yesterday Harper Collins publishing decided to pull the plug. They will no longer sponsor Gumbo Ya-Ya, which started back in 1998 based on the sisterhood shown in Rebecca Wells' book, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. It's sad and, although there are many sites springing up to try and take the place of Gumbo, I don't think it will be the same. I'll miss the people who inhabited Gumbo, I hope they will miss me.