Giving Thanks

Unca Jones (best-smith@TRIAX.COM)
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 11:33:07 -0800

As tough as life can be thanks can be found in simple things. Thought
I'ld share one or two:
1. I lost my kids eleven years ago in a messy divorce, my custody taken.
I was reclaiming my life from substance abuse that bottomed out with me
back on the road, no money for a lawyer (my ex had already utilized the
free legal aid available in our area). Within five years my ex had
shipped my son off to a foster home, a bizarre action considering her
job as a youth advocate for Children's Services that had her devoting
plenty of time for others but none for her own. Last month my son called
- runaway from a string of abusive situations within state care. I have
now regained custody and my son is finally in a family that cares, ours.
2. I'm thankful for the programs that allowed me time to rebuild my
life, for the Couch St. hotel (Portland), for dear friends like John
Deluca, Ken Keller, Marco and others who recognized my determination and
helped my fledgling efforts in theatre and music. 
3. I'm thankful for my wife Lynn, who also recognized and supported my
continuing drive toward success in business through tough and dark
times, allowing me to invest the little extra money we've had over the
last ten years so I have been able to realize my art.
4. I'm thankful for HPN, caring enough to provide a forum that allows me
to feedback my small victories, keep abreast of troubling developments
and urging participation that I may help others.
5. I'm thankful for the guardian angel who has worked overtime steering
me towards all these wonderful, compassionate people.
God bless to all, may faith and compassion heal the hearts of the
heartless and deliver all from the cruelty of greed.