(And Bartendresses, and Thoracic Surgeons, and Pastry Chefs,
and Hypnotherapists, and Frog Breeders, and Horse Trainers,
and ...)

A successful proof that absolutely everyone, even technophobes, can build their own website.

A lively, intelligent, funny and loving woman named Jeri had ended up with something called the Tree of Hope.  Skip straight to the course contents, or continue, to hear how she caused this site to come about.

A regular member of our Compuserve Cancer Forum, Jeri had begun putting ornaments on a large evergreen tree on her property to represent each of us who was struggling with cancer.  Some of us died, and so it became a tree not just of survivors but of those we had lost.  The idea grew, and eventually Jeri had scores of ornaments from people all over the world.

Having heard me talking happily about the fun I was having with my own websites, Jeri suggested I might put the tree on my site.  This seemed so wrong to me.  I'd had nothing to do with this beautiful idea, nor contributed any of the work to make it happen -- it was Jeri's tree, Jeri's gift to us.  I was in the process of teaching HTML to coworkers, and so impressed with how easy HTML is to learn and to use, so I suggested that she should have her own website and continue to be the guardian angel of the tree.  Gene M., a forum-mate (unbeknownst to me also a technogeek) joined in to encourage Jeri to do this.

Well, you never saw so much squirming and fussing in your life.  It was like trying to bathe a puppy, or give pills to a cat.  In a continuing attempt to wheedle me into letting her off the hook, Jeri suggested "collaboration" (a thinly veiled attempt to get someone else to develop the site for her).  With my response, the saga began.  At the end of this course, you can take a look at the site Jeri ended up with -- it's exactly what she hoped to achieve.

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Here are just a few of the graduates across the world, who make me very proud:
Jeri Walsh in Arizona
The Tree of Hope
Bob Henderson in Rochester
in Belgium Anne-Marie's French version

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