New addition to the family!
Happy Thursday to you this hot fall day from Tucson. I apoligize for the delay with my post this week, and I hope your past week was as good as mine. Two signifigant changes in my life occured these past few days, hence the delay with writing you.
For one, I would like to introduce you to my newest grandchild, Eva! I had mentioned her imminent arrival on my last post, but she decided to show up earlier than the October 17th due date her P.H.D. had her schuduled for. She was born on Saturday the 14th in Hayward, coming in at a healthly 8lbs. 5 ozs. As I had mentioned last week, she is officially the first daughter born to my eldest son Anthony, and his wife, Melina, after four boys. She would be the 24th grandchild born to my parents, who both are now deceased. My mother loved all her grandkids, especially when they were newborns. Now that means that I just have to go to Cali soon, and meet her in person. I can't wait!
The other change came abruptly and pretty much unplanned for me. I found a place of my own to live in, after staying with my sister Angie since I arrived from my cross-country adventure in May.The oppurtunity opened for me to rent a home just down the street, and I jumped at the chance to have my own space. I am so grateful for my sister's help, going all the way back to the planning stages of the tour, and during my year on the road. She is, and has always been, without a doubt, my biggest supporter in life. She has always watched over and taken care of her little brother, since the Johnny Man was a little pipsqueak. She also took care of my baby girl Kalani during my absence, making sure she was safe and loved. Words cannot due justice for the graditude I feel for the interest and love she has shown me the past fifty plus years of my life. I hope some day soon I can return some of the goodwill back to her for all her help.
Our mutal friend Yolie, the artist, had sent me the first draft of my book cover. I'm reviewing it now for some possible changes, and hope to have something in the next couple weeks I can post for you to see. I have hundreds of pictures to chose from all over America, so picking the right ones for the cover,and first edition, is difficult. I am trying to move things along as fast as I can, but some things just can't be rushed I suppose.
Until next week friends, we'll see what changes life brings in one week in our ever changing world. Stay safe and postive wherever you call home, and thank you as well for your continued support and interest in my life and story! Asta la orta semana amigos!
Greetings from sunny and still hot Arizona. I hope all are doing well and are relaxing safely, wherever you call home. I'm still waitng for the real fall weather to arrive soon because my tradesman workload is increasing every day, and I'm sick of the blasted heat! My manuscript is off to editing, and the extra money will come in handy for sure, as I plan on gettting my own place soon, and will need to cover some publishing cost.
I'm dreaming of another Hawaii trip in January, so I can relax on the shores of Oahu once again. But before I punch my ticket to Honolulu, I do have a scheduled trip to the Bay area next month to meet my newest grandchild. She is due to arrive on the 17 th of this month, and I can't wait to see my fifth grand baby, and the first girl. I will be sure to post a picture of her as soon as I get there, and you can believe she will be the most spoiled, and over-indulged princess on earth!
In my last post, I took the oppurtunity voice my opinion concerning the latest shooting in Vegas, and that was a deviation for me. Even though I recieved plenty of positive feed back for my choice words, I felt that events like that affect all of us to some degree. If you have been following me from the start of this journey, you know that staying out of political and social issues has always been my goal, and I believe I have done a pretty good job of that. So if I offended any one with my words, I apoligize.
Moving on, the picture above represents some of the finest monents in my year long adventure. It was exactly one year ago this day that I spent my last evening in the Russell household. This great family didnt even know I exsisted, nine days prior to my arrival in Michigan! Yet, thanks to a mutal friend in Tucson, they took me in and showed a love, and concern for this traveling stranger, that epitomized the essence of my tour. I would tell you more, but you will have to read all about these fantastic folks, and my awesome experiancewith them in the next edition.
I will speak to you again next week my friends, until then take care of yourselves, and thank you so much for checking in and for your loyal support. Muchas Gracias!
Good evevning friends,
I hope all are well tonight, and dealing with the latest national tragedy in your own personal manner. I feel bad just being safe and comfortable here at home in Tucson. I have to admit that writing to you this evening was hard to do. Still, I have the obligation to write you and express my feeling under good or bad circumstances.
Usually I'm pretty upbeat as you know, and trying to stay positive amist all the recent events, including hurricanes, earthquakes, nuclear threats, and now another mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas. It sure makes it difficult for me to stay focused on my own goals and dreams of publishing my book. At times lately, it seems almost useless for me to be pursuing such a casual and selfish desire of becoming a published author.
But then I think that is exactly what monsters like the concert shooter strive to destroy in normal, decent human beings; their hopes and dreams. Two very unique and personal God given gifts that all humans possess, and have the right to manage, chart and share with whomever they please. I believe that is what separates us from animals, is our own self awareness, and the ability to use our consience for the benifit of ourselves and others, whether its our family, friends or total strangers. I am not knocking our beloved pets, but they act mostly out of instinct, so hopes and dreams do not navigate their free will, unlike us humans.
Yet the paradox stares us right in the face, when we see individuals or groups stoop lower than our dogs and cats, with their animalist attitudes that carry them to commit horrid, subhuman acts of terror. I'm perplexed when I see thousands of people rise up all over this world to help their neighbors and strangers in times of natural or man made disasters, only then to hear or see others mow down hapless folks by the hundreds, in a public festival or plaza. Whether they chose to use a knife,truck, gun, or bomb to destroy the lives of the innocent people anywhere, and rob them of their own hopes and dreams, and those who love and care for them. One thing will be certain; they will never kill the goodness that dominates the human heart in those who choose to do good, instead of evil, with their free will.
With that being said friends, I will shake off the blues, and continue to defy the wicked souls amongst us, and forge on with my own hopes and dreams. That is something no one can take from me, not now, not ever. Good night.