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From The Heart

Our friend Anne left yesterday for the rehabilitation facility. The last I heard from her, her bags were packed and she was getting to say goodbye to some of her friends. The package did not arrive yet but there will be someone at the house to get it and take it to her when it does get there. And now to the reason for this post.

From My Heart

I don’t wish to ruffle any feathers because everyone has been so very nice and positive, yet I feel the need to share a few things. Just know that the positive comments are appreciated and the emails are also wonderful to read. The thing is, what I did for Anne, I would have done for any of you as well. I don’t deserve anything other than a thank you from Anne should she feel courteous enough to do so. And, she did! She is very grateful for the outpouring of love and help from our blogging community.

What bothers me is that what I did for Anne, should be the norm. It should not be so uncommon for people to see one human help another. It really bothered me that I received so much praise for what should be commonplace. It should not be such a surprise that I showed compassion and helped a ‘stranger’. Anne is no stranger. She is just a sister of mine and yours, we have not met. We are all a part of the larger human family. It saddens me that people don’t find it within their own hearts to reach out more.

I’m not suggesting that anyone can just go help anybody in every situation. For instance if you had asked me to walk the halls of a pediatric oncology unit, I could not do that. I would cause more problems than good with the tears streaming down my face.

Life is precious. You only get one. Do things for others that you would like to have done for yourself in a time of need. Thank you all who helped encourage Anne and the nice words you had for me.

I hope you understand that this post is from the heart and is not a directed at any one person, just people in general.


(photo credit by TiaraMia)



International Priority Mail to The Philippines

Ten books will be on there way to the Philippines today thanks to Carl. He also made two CDs for Anne. This is just the first of what we hope will be many packages on their way to my Bunso Anne.

Thank you to all who have promised books and or money to cover the postage (books are heavy)! Magazines are also welcomed and your home made burned CDs are also wanted. She likes R & B and Indie bands but will be happy with anything!

All that I ask is the content of what ever you donate, whether book, magazine or song on a CD, please make sure it is appropriate for someone in Anne’s state of mind. We are trying to help and not hinder.

With the millions of books and songs out there I doubt if there will be much duplication but just in case here is a list of what was purchased or made so far. Thanks again and I know Anne appreciates it as well.


It’s Me, O Lord – Christian poetry
At Home In Mitford – Small town drama
Out to Canaan – Small town drama
90 Minutes in Heaven – Christian Non-fiction
Billion-Dollar Kiss – TV writer turned author
Know What You Believe – Christian apologetics
Twilight – Imitation cheesy vampire crap (smile)
The Blue Flower – Romance
Fire In The Blood – Romance
A Light In The Window – Small town drama

Compact Discs

Disc One

Disc Two

I can’t imagine anyone has the same taste in music as Iron Cook Carl, but just in case…

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The Great News Concerning Our Friend Anne

There is great news in triplicate! First, Anne has decided to seek help at a facility where she can get the counseling that she needs and we need for her to have. She is still in the process of making arrangements but it looks as if she will be going soon.

The second part of the good news is so many wonderful friends of this blog have given her words of encouragement and hopefully new and lasting friendships will be forged. I have told Anne that she can think of me as family. She liked the idea and now calls me Kuya, which means older brother in Tagalog. Sometimes the friendships we make in life are closer than that of family so I welcome Anne as my little sister.

Thirdly, Anne has requested books while she is in the facility. Iron Cook Carl has volunteered to take care of sending and collecting the books. There isn’t much time to get them to her and postage is expensive because books are so heavy. She will have no contact with the outside (no phones, television or internet). I am sure she will also want more books when she gets out of the rehabilitation facility. For that reason, if you would like to contribute a book (new or used) or money for postage, you can contact Carl through my contact page. I will forward all email to him and he can give you his address. She likes fallen angel novels but will read anything – probably even magazines.

The great news is Anne is seeking help. Please don’t feel obligated or compelled to help with the postage or books if it is not within your means. I am just making the need known. Thank you all! For everyone who visited her blog and left comments I thank you. For everyone who wanted to but didn’t have the words, I thank you too. For all the prayers, even more thanks!

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