I managed to write one webpage by the end of that week but that was just the beginning. My participation in the summer institute provided me with ftp access to the Math Forum server which in 1995 was amazing. I wrote more and more webpages which I connected together and named:
Sarah viewed each new page that I drafted, providing me with feedback. Remember how I described my lack of confidence at the summer institute? I had a similar feeling with each page that I was about to reveal to the “world” on the WWW. I was terrified. Sarah gave me the confidence to put my work out there. She valued what I was doing and I trusted her.
When I met Sarah in 1995 I quickly learned that we shared a love of the color purple. We developed a “code” that when I wasn’t quite brave enough to do something that I should just “put on my purple cloak” and do it! It was our way of giving me the power and the strength to have confidence in myself.
I don’t remember exactly what year it was when the Math Forum first ordered pens to give out at workshops and conferences but it was probably 2001 or 2002. Our pens were yellow/navy blue because those were Drexel University colors but the ink was purple! Tracey (Perzan) knew that would make me happy but what she probably didn’t know is that purple brings me strength. Purple reminds me of Sarah and how she believed in me.