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 [...]
I have no words. If you pray, please pray. I can’t write about my friend. All I can do is cry. N.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
I just got an e-mail from my friend. She’s in some distress, feeling alone, abandoned, vulnerable, scared. Understandably. Her impulse? To return to the man who delivered her the beatings that have resulted in surgeries, infections, more surgeries. “I don’t think I can do this,” she wrote. I called her, but she’s five time zones [...]
[The subject of this post has not seen it, does not know what I’m writing in it, and has not approved it.] She’s smart. Articulate. Thoughtful. She’s funny as hell, and has a sharp, clever, filthy wit. She’s young – in her early 20s, courageous. And her husband beats her mercilessly. In the short time [...]