Re: Giving Thanks

P. Myers (mpwr@u.washington.edu)
Thu, 26 Nov 1998 12:06:16 -0800 (PST)


On Thu, 26 Nov 1998, Unca Jones wrote:

> 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.
> 
Well and truly said, U.Jones.  I am thankful for your voice!  Pat Myers
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You've got to dance like nobody's 
               watching, and love 
                  like it's never
                    going to hurt.