I first met Bettie Ringma on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when I was having people participate in one of my conceptual art projects. Bettie had recently separated from her husband, a diplomat from Holland, and was studying art therapy at George Washington University. My participatory art rooted in the exploration of people and their lives meshed perfectly with all her interests. We quickly became friends and soon began working together as partners in the creation of new art projects. With Bettie adding her knowledge of art and psychology, her photography skills, and her winning social ways to the conceptual base that I had initially developed, things moved quickly. It was the beginning of a fertile eight year period that would lead us in many new creative directions.