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The Story

From my friend, Susan Barrows:

"MEET PAUL JAMISON…

"Paul Jamison is a modest man. He’s never been one to bang his own drum, and I know he’s far too humble to bother anyone with his problems—but that will only get in his way here. I’m Paul’s friend Susie, and I’m writing this to tell you about Paul in ways that he can’t. This isn’t the time for him to be too proud to speak up. This is about his very survival.

"Because Paul just got the diagnosis that all of us dread: He has cancer.

"He’d thought the biggest thing on his plate was facing a brutal Kansas winter with a broken furnace… then he went to see the doctor about a problem with his neck, and his whole world came crashing down. The breaks that Paul’s had in life have mostly been tough ones, and this horrible news is following a long series of bad turns. He got laid off from Boeing last year, and like many of us, he’s been struggling through the economic crisis. Even with continuing unemployment, bleak job prospects, and worrying about that broken furnace, Paul’s stayed optimistic, hanging on by his fingernails and hoping life will turn out better for everyone soon. But with this news from his doctor, his own time is running out.

"For all his life, Paul’s been solid as an oak with a heart as big as the world. Blessed with a gracious and loving spirit, he has never met a stranger. He’s been a good Samaritan for anyone in need, providing the strong back to pitch in and the understanding shoulder to cry on. Now that it’s time for the wagons to be pulled around him, I know my friend Paul is simply too polite to say how much he really, desperately needs your help. So I’m saying it for him.

"Paul Jamison is a happy, vibrant, giving man who embraces life and everyone in it. You can tell that by reading the marvelous stories he writes. In every circle he moves in, he is loved and respected. And in this crucial time, he needs to find out just how much. If the world could return but a small degree of the love that Paul has given it, it will be enough to help him beat this crisis with the prompt medical care he desperately needs.

"Thanks so much for letting me tell you about this wonderful guy. I know my words are making him blush, but this is all stuff that needs to be said. The world is better for having Paul Jamison in it. And I think there are enough loving, feeling people out there to help keep it that way."

I'm lucky I have friends to speak for me here, because Susie is right. I'm too proud to bother people with my troubles, but this cancer diagnosis has put my back to the wall. The doctor told me I have basal cell carcinoma with squamous differentiation. Yeah, skin cancer. I've got two options: excision with possible reconstruction or chemotherapy. Probably best is a combination of both. Am I scared? Oh, yes!

Who am I? Why do I matter? Good questions. I matter because we all matter. I certainly matter to me.

I come from a long line of long-lifers - my Dad is in his upper 80s - and I want to keep up with that tradition.

I was an aircraft engineer for my working life, but I'm also a writer, mainly stories about ferrets. You can find them here:

http://www.paulejamison.com

I want to live. I want to enjoy life. We all do. I also want to write more stories. That's why this diagnosis scares me. That's why I'm asking for your help.

Help me. Please?

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 27, 2017

Posted on April 27, 2017

Update time again. I'm sure you know the drill by now - please donate; contact me about the email for Paypal; please share; etc. - so I thought I'd do something a little different this time.

I was a big fan of the TV drama "Due South", about a mountie fighting crime in Chicago - my character Murphy owes much to Constable Fraser. I liked a lot of things about the show, not the least of which was the music. There were several fine songs on the soundtrack. One was called "Ride Forever", by Paul Gross (who played Fraser) and David Keeley, about growing old and seeing life change around you. I love the song, and I was inspired to write a song of my own using the melody and a reworking of the lyrics. Is it any surprise that I wrote it about ferrets, those perpetual fuzzy children? Today I thought I'd share.

I dedicate this to all the ferrets - and cats, and dogs, and whatever little animals - that have been fortunate enough to be loved by us two-legs.


Run Forever
By Paul E. Jamison
Based on “Ride Forever”, Melody copyright Jay Semko & Paul Gross

Well, I was born some place called Marshall’s, 1988.
My Mommy loved her little ones, ‘till they took us all away.
Where my brothers and sisters went, I couldn’t really say.
Ooh, shiny thing – I think I’ll hide it!

Well, that pet shop was a sad place, when I was all alone,
But some nice folks adopted me, and took me to their home.
I have good food and a soft, soft bed; I’m having so much fun.
It’s a great place to live; it’s where I’ll stay
Till I go to that pretty Rainbow sky.

We’re gonna run forever!
You can't keep ferrets in a cage!
Should the angels come, then we’ll go and play
‘Neath the Rainbow Bridge.

Some humans call us rodents; that shows how much they know!
Folks can be so ignorant; I wish it wasn’t so.
When I think of other ferrets, without the happiness I know,
It hurts so much – oh, so much.

Many ferrets are neglected, abandoned and abused.
Some humans try to help us, but how much can they do?
So many hurt and know no love – you ask us if we cry?
Hell, yes, we do – look at all those tears!
They're falling from that pretty Rainbow sky!

We’re gonna run forever!
You can't keep ferrets in a cage!
Should the angels come, then we’ll go and play
‘Neath the Rainbow Bridge.

Now I am an old ferret, a long time I’ve been blind.
My back legs don’t work any more, they have to drag behind.
But my humans they still love me, and play with me all the time.
And I ain't gone, no I ain't gone!

So I say to all you old ferts don't let life get you down.
You can still have lots of fun, with the loving folks you’ve found.
And when it’s time for me to leave this World and all the pain behind,
I’ll do a Happy Dance! I’m gonna run like stink!
I’m gonna tear across that pretty Rainbow sky!

We’re gonna run forever!
You can't keep ferrets in a cage!
Should the angels come, then we’ll go and play
‘Neath the Rainbow Bridge.


Have a nice day. Love your fuzzy friends.

(Psst. And don't forget the fundraiser.)

Posted on April 24, 2017

Posted on April 24, 2017

Nothing much in the way of an update today. I'm mainly posting this to keep the fundraiser out there in the public eye. I still have medical bills to pay.

So, please donate. It doesn't have to be much. If you want to go directly through Paypal, contact me privately about an email address.

Please share. and, as always, comments are welcome.

Thank you.

Posted on April 20, 2017

Posted on April 20, 2017

An update from MURPHY and the crew!

Max:
Murphy! Sammy! Update time!
This time we will speak in rhyme!

Sammy:
Yes, in the style of Dr. Seuss.

Murphy (staring at the other two):
We'll sound like LOONIES on the loose!
All those rhymes are very hard!

Sammy (patting Murphy on the shoulder):
We'll do just fine, my ferret pard.

Murphy:
We WON'T do fine, you silly hob!
The rhyming's just too hard a job!

I WON'T do this thing! No, I won't!
I don't like this! No, I don't!

I WON'T do this! Paul can't make me!
What can he do? Well, we shall see!

Sammy:
What can Paul do? He RUNS this show!
Just on a whim, he'd let you go!

Max:
That's true, Murph, if you won't help rhyme
Or give him trouble all the time
Or won't do this for which we're hired,
Paul says the word - you will be fired!

Murphy:
Let Paul fire me - I don't care!
I'll find another job somewhere!
Where I won't need rhyming skills!
Exciting work, with lots of thrills!
Good pay, good hours and other frills.
I WON'T put up with all these ills!

(Awkward silence)

Sammy:
Murphy, please don't make a fuss.
We need your help - will you help us?

Max:
Will you help us shoot the gun?
Would you, could you, just for fun?

Murphy:
I will not help you shoot the gun.
I would not, could not, just for fun!
Nor gold, nor jewels, nor lots of cash!
I will not help you with this bash!

Paul cannot make me, not at all!
How's THAT grab ya, Mr. Paul?
You can put me under siege!
It won't work - you're not my liege!!

Max (thinks for a minute, then whispers)
Will you do it for prestige?

(That makes Murphy take notice, but he says nothing)

Sammy (quick on the uptake):
Yes, your name in colored lights!
MURPHY - won't that be a sight?

Murphy:
My name in lights? On the Internet?
Not on Google Plus nor on Usenet.
Not on Facebook! - Well, not yet.
"My name in lights" - I'm being teased!

Max:
Well, in the subject line, at least!

Sammy:
Just think of it - for all to see!
How prestigious that would be!

Max:
It's something Honey would love to see.

Sammy:
Your love Honey would have much joy
To see the name of her Murphy boy.
In the subject line up there.
What say you, Murph - you think that's fair?

Murphy (grumbling):
I ought to kick Paul in the tush!
He knows my buttons he can push!
Not cash nor jewels nor gold I'll take
But I'll do it for my ego's sake!
I'll go along with this gig, fine,
For my name in the subject line.
But if Paul welshes on me, the lush.
I WILL go kick him in the tush!

So give the Skippy guys a shout!
Have them bring the Cannon out!

(Skippy, Skippy and the rest
- As mechanics they're the best -
come forth with the great big gun
To add to the update fun.)

Murphy:
Is the Cannon set up right
For the charge's mighty flight?
Will the people see the sight?
All right then - give the fuse a light!!

(The Cannon's load is very large
With a "Please Help Donate" charge
With power to reach up to the Moon.
The Cannon goes off with a BOOOOOOOOMMMMM!!
The Update charge soars very high
Like a tea-tray in the sky - whatever that means.
It goes off with lights and sound
And a banner floating down.)

PLEASE DONATE TO HELP PAUL PAY HIS MEDICAL BILLS!! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE MUCH; IT ADDS UP!

The guys hold a sign up with their paws
To help further shill the cause.

CONTACT PAUL FOR AN EMAIL
IF YOU WANT TO USE PAYPAIL – UM, PAYPAL!

(Murphy steps forward.)

Murphy:
We hope you like this salute.
Doing it was a wondrous hoot!
Hope your day is lots of fun.
Now we gotta leave and run.
The Skippys are giving a big bash.
We're all gonna go get smashed!


Paul (Your help is appreciated.)

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