Grandma Crystal and Grandpa Benny Williams – The Beginning of Us
Grandpa Benny at his house, which later became my Aunt Nancy’s.
I’m always grateful for my children and grandchildren. They know how much I love them and how proud I am of them. But, this year, I’m extremely grateful for extended family and the ability to reconnect. Facebook has its good and bad points. Some people love it, others will never go near it. For me, because of Facebook, I’ve found family I haven’t seen for some 40 years.
I had a great childhood growing up on a street that was mostly family. My Dad had five sisters, lucky guy! By the time they were grown with families of their own, our street was full. Besides my own family, there were three aunts, two uncles, a great-aunt, my grandparents, eight cousins, great-granparents by marriage, and another set of grandparents by marriage. That’s eight families on one street. Three more sets of aunts and uncles and another twelve cousins lived just a few streets away Another six cousins often came to visit their grandparents (one of my grandparents by marriage) next door to me. We had a good-sized family. Continue reading
From Jen (who has ME) and Kiran, makers of the upcoming feature length film about those living with the invisible illness ME/CFS: Canary in a Coal Mine:
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Daily we are moved by the support and embrace of this film, by all the messages, words of support and the stories you’ve shared.
Thanks to that support, we’ve raised a tremendous fraction of our budget through the power of the crowd, far more than we ever imagined. At $159,417, and with one week left, we are in striking distance of our goal!
We just wanted to answer some questions about our budget. Even when we were aiming for our first $50,000, some wondered why we needed even that much to make a feature-length film. Why are we now shooting for four times that goal?
Today for your enjoyment, I’m re-posting an article that appeared on the ABC News page. It is a good read and very informative. The focus is on a woman named Jennifer Brea, an ME patient, and a Kickstarter campaign she has started in order to fund a Documentary about the disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Her campaign, called Canary in a Coal Mine, is doing very well. That site provides a lot more interesting information and is worth a read. Check it out here. This Documentary, and all the work Jennifer is doing, sounds like a very worthwhile project,. I humbly ask that anyone with the capability, to please support it. Even if it’s only $1. Also, please pass this Kickstarter information on to your friends. There’s only a couple weeks left, and they’re hoping to get as close to $200,000 as possible. Thank you very much. Please enjoy the article below.
Linda Williams Stirling