Even now so long after his passing tears well up in my eyes as I think of my good friend and mentor. Pickering was an inspiration all-ways. He was an amazing and profound storyteller, an artist of the "shaman" kind, though he would find something mocking to say about me using that word to describe him. My love for him and his friend and partner Rebecca Andrews, and their family is everlasting. We went on many adventures together, and there was alway a nourishing or humorous story at the end of our journey. I was like a moth to a flame when he told a story. Pickering always saw through the disingenuous, even more so after his brain injury. His unconditional acceptance of me and life was gift I will use the rest of my life.