Online communication. The cyber-world is such an odd place. Friendships are made... and then lost, because someone said something that was not true, and others believed in it, and without confronting you, or asking you for your side of the story, they just dump you like yesterday's news. One thing I have learned this year--and it has been a very hard lesson--is that I cannot control what anyone else says or does or even thinks. All I can do is stand true to my ideals and tenets. There are going to be those who lie about me--I cannot do anything about that. There are going to be those who believe in the lies--I cannot do anything about that either. When I see 'so-and-so' has unfriended you, it hurts--especially if I've cultivated what I thought was a pleasant and supportive relationship with that person. But you know what? That's just life. Folks are gonna follow who they wanna follow whether that person has validity or not (look at politics for evidence of that one). Folks are gonna believe what they wanna believe is the truth, whether it is or not. Nothing anyone can say or do will change things. I'm learning to let go. I'm learning to trust myself, to trust the evolutionary process, and to trust people who have proved themselves worthy of my attention and support. If you've heard something about me, and you don't have the decency--or maybe even the courage--to confront me and ask for my side of the story, then I guess I didn't need you in my life anyway. I wish you well, but I've my own life to live, with or without you.