Today is a special day worthy of celebration--because you are a special person worthy of celebration, and it is your birthday. You in all the universe are a unique product of unique experience that have shaped a unique and compelling perspective. You merit interest and attention; you merit praise. Your presence in this shared reality makes that reality a better place. For that, and your brave and generous sharing of the products of your experiences and creativity, I pause to note that I rejoice in you, and wish you a truly HAPPY BIRTHDAY!