is for Dori.
Dori and I met in 1995 when I joined a gay and lesbian business networking organization in the San Fernando Valley. She had recently lost her beloved son to AIDS. Through her gay business partner, Dori became active in the organization as a way of giving meaning to her life and of dealing with Kirk’s death. Our friendship was instant, organic, and without any question that we were destined to become the closest of friends.
Vivacious, effervescent, and intellectually curious, Dori radiates joie de vivre. Her presence lights up a room. People love her and love to be with her. Dori paints, writes poetry and prose, loves movies and music of all types, enjoys travel, and reads voraciously. “Enthusiasm” describes the time we spend together. There is never enough time. While we’re sad when our visits come to an end, we’re always enthusiastic about the next time we’ll be together.