Apr 282015
 

I just read, at the suggestion of a friend, All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman. It’s a quick, light, fun read, about… well, about the superpowers we all have, but might not be inclined to understand as superpowers. One of the superheroes in the book is called “Someday,” and her superpower is procrastination. […]

Feb 272014
 

Sometimes, she doesn’t know or believe some or all of the following. She thinks I don’t want you to know these things. She’s wrong. I’m incredibly proud of her, of her strength, her resilience, her courage, her heart, her wisdom. I’m honored to be her friend. I have been hers, but imperfectly, and worse, at […]

Sep 012013
 

If you can keep your head when all about you       Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,    But make allowance for their doubting too;   If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being […]

Aug 252012
 

This morning, as I tweeted just a few moments ago, I cried for the third, fourth and fifth times of my adult life. My wife saw me cry for the first time ever. My friend – whom I’ve known for about five months, but never met, and whose beautiful face I only saw for the […]

Jul 302012
 

For a variety of reasons, I won’t be writing about my friend for a while. Suffice it to say, she’s doing remarkably well, and she still needs money. So if you have it in you to donate, please do (but remember that I have no guarantee she’ll ever accept it. As recently as today, she […]

Jul 232012
 

She’s still in the hospital. She had a spinal fusion ten days or so ago, and though she was discharged, briefly, to a safe house, she was hospitalized again after she developed an infection. She’s been fighting a high fever and has been heavily sedated for much of the last few days, but her resolve […]

Jul 232012
 

The lovely Daniele Vega, a big pimper of me over on G+, has been helping me get the story about my friend out, and one G+’er responded with some doubt – am I legitimate? Am I a scammer? Am I looking to steal your money? He raised some questions and suggested I answer them here, […]

Jul 202012
 

If you’ve been following along, this is the basic outline of her story: she lives far away, she’s young (early 20s), and has been imprisoned in an abusive marriage. The man to whom she is married has beaten her repeatedly, breaking ribs and causing injuries which have required multiple surgeries, including the installation of a […]