Summer is here as I write these acknowledgments. It's a time when we can sit outside soaking up the sun and be thankful for life itself. The sun and relaxation are even more sweet when we think of the hours spent in darkened, grubby academic offices or corners put aside in our homes, toiling to come to a better understanding of human behavior and, on the way, perhaps coming to a better understanding of ourselves. With that thought in mind, the first people I want to thank are the contributors who worked to make this book possible. It is their combined work that brings us closer to understanding interpersonal communication and human relationships. All of the contributors worked hard to make their chapters the best possible representations of their work. They kept tight deadlines and made necessary revisions without complaint. I am thankful for having gotten to know so many dedicated scholars in the process of completing this book. I would also like to thank Hollis Heimbouch and Dave Salierno for their advice during this project, Sally Vogl for helping proofread manuscripts, and Ramona Rush for her collegial support and good cheer. A special thank you goes to Jan Gierman who worked tireless hours helping me convert computer files, set up tables, draw figures, and prepare indices. In addition, I would like to thank my family for always being there for me. I appreciate their love and kindness. Finally, I would like to thank the Center for Communication Research for providing financial support for this project. Stationery, paper, photocopies, laser cartridges, and postage all add up, and this project would not have been possible without this support. Thank you all.
Pamela J. Kalbfleisch