A happy coincidence

Hi everyone,

Just discovered that a good friend is taking the same Caribbean cruise we are. Larry and Maryann Wakefield and we are scheduled on a Holland America ship five days from now and it turns out that Susan Hutchens from Colorado is taking the same cruise with her family. onb_ms_westerdam_305
There are thousands of people on those gigantic boats but I’m sure we’ll meet a lot and I look forward to our visits. Susan is an elementary teacher and active in the Colorado Reading Association. Two years ago she was chair of CCIRA and invited me to present at the conference, which is an old favorite of mine.

I’ll remind you later but during the week onboard and the week after I’ll have little or no Internet so I’ll not be posting. Time for some serious goo foffing!

David

Good news: Maryann is back

Maryann and Larry

Hi everyone,

On May 12, Maryann Wakefield interrupted her life, not to mention her writing career, when she tripped in her driveway and suffered head injuries. Fighting back to regain her life where it left off has been a long, hard struggle. Therapy continues but as we all know, writers don’t quit.

At this time, three months after her accident, it gives me great pleasure to share Maryann’s announcement that she’s back at work on her second book, A RAGING STORM COMING, which takes up where A GENTLE SUN COMING left off. Two days ago she gave me a sneak preview of what’s ahead, and I’m impressed. It’s going to be another good read.

Congratulations, Maryann. Thanks for the courage and for being such a role model. Thanks, Larry, for being the kind of mate she had to have throughout the worst of the ordeal and for being with her now to help in every way she needs. It’s a privilege to know you both.

David

Maryann’s home

Hi everyone,

Maryann Wakefield went home yeserday to continue her recovery from her fall in the driveway on May 12. Needless to say, we’re all feeling joyful. Until she can tell you herself, thanks from Maryann and Larry for the many, many good wishes you’ve sent their way!

David

Finishing one

Hi everyone,

I’ve been in a good groove for the past several weeks and am finishing today a new collection of poems. I hope by the end of the day to send it on its way. My M.O.W. likes it so I’m always glad to get a passing grade from her!

This afternoon I’ll go see Maryann Wakefield in her room at The Maples where she continues to take therapy twice a day on her way to recovery from that fall on her driveway on May 12. Maryann and Larry
Larry is at her side all day seven days a week. Evenings his sister Maridell alternates with his daughter-in-law Lisa to be with her. Maryann is doing well but has a long road ahead. She’s getting there though. We continue to see her improvement from week to week. She is grateful for all the wonderful thoughts, cards, comments, prayers, and wishes. Thanks to all from Maryann and Larry.

On her way back

Sandy, Larry, and Maryann

Hi everyone,

When Sandy and I went to see Maryann Wakefield yesterday evening, she was better than we’ve seen her yet. She had company so we waited our turn and then only stayed for a while. Company still tires her but last night she was talkative and we visited about a range of topics.

She said how much she appreciates all the concern and love she has received and that she believes that the power of prayer has helped her get better. Her improvement this week has been dramatic. She has much work to do but we are all greatly encouraged by the change in the past few days.

The picture is of Sandy, Larry, and Maryann in Florida last year.

David