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Thu., July 23, 2009, 4:01 p.m.

Jeanie facing tough times…

Good afternoon, Netizens...

In case you hadn't heard it from other sources, I have spent part of today worried about my counterpart, Jeanie of Spokane, who is being evaluated today for a possible kidney transplant. Being somewhat bull-headed about my health myself, I guess I fully understand why Jeanie has been so closed-mouth about her ongoing battle for survival, but since she broke word about what she is facing in her own blog yesterday, at I guess I have the freedom to add a few chosen words about her battle of my own.

There are some days when I simply would let the day slide by without posting anything in Community Comment. Being by nature, a big-mouthed rascal, those days do not happen very often, but when they do, I inevitably get a phone call from Jeanie about one thing or another, and it challenges me to continue the battle for literary freedom, simply because she is out there, watching, listening and balancing what amounts sometimes as sheer zealotry.

I simply do not know what I would do without Jeanie. In so many ways she epitomizes that insatiable fire-eyed journalist that still breathes and lives in my soul, that has never died despite vast changes in my life and circumstances. It all seems to stem from a philosophical belief I have held for decades that, just when you need that strong right arm to help you face adversity, to give you the incentive to strive for achievements that appear untouchable, that key person can and will appear-- if you believe.

Well, Jeanie, I believe. You have been an invisible but nonetheless vital source of vibrancy which has helped me “keep it together” for over a year and one-half of rising before the dawn each day to write a few brief lines for Community Comment. Those few of us who know you in real life as well in the Virtual Ballroom can and will support and uplift you in the spirit of love and friendship as you begin the road back to continuous health.

My thoughts and prayers are with you always.

Dave and friends...

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