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Can You Spare a Little Support?
By Richard Lee Orey
Last edited: Saturday, July 05, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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Offering a helping hand to a young writer.

Hello Den Dwellers--

Yesterday, my intention was to dash off a short note of support to a young woman--Gail Harrison--to let her know that someone was interested in her and that she was a person of value with a future.Today, I decided I needed to share my letter as encouragement for all Den Dwellers--especially you amazing women writers--to join me in giving Gail and others you know a helping hand. I think this is a worthy cause.

                                                                                 CAN YOU SPARE A LITTLE SUPPORT?

"My Dear Gail,

Today I was surfing through the list of authors in Authors Den and ran across your picture and name. Something moved me to immediately click onto your biography page. I'm so glad I did. I have a few things to share with you. Please be patient with me.

I live in San Diego, California, just 8 miles north of the Mexican border. I am 74 and retired from work in our court system. That allows me to write, to grow roses and to frequently take my bright red canoe out for paddling in nearby lakes. (The Pacific Ocean and beaches are just 5 miles away, but the surf is too rough for a small canoe.) I have four grown children, two grown grandsons and a 7-year-old great-granddaughter. We all live within 40 miles of one another and get together as a loving group every birthday and holiday. It's wonderful!

But things were not always wonderful in my life, Gail. My father died when I was 4 years old during the Great Depression here in the United States. (From 1929 to about 1938.) Things were tough having money for food and clothing and a place to live. During that time I suffered much personal abuse, which continued until I was 13 years old. I ran away from home when I was 14 and never looked back.When I was 21, I heard my mother had died. I never attended her funeral. She was my abuser.

But when I was 14 I met the greatest young girl in the world. We were a twosome immediately. She and I have been constant companions since 1947. That's 60 years, Gail. Never would I have imagined at 13 that my life would be anything but misery and rejection. But I was wrong. Things can and do change.

Have faith, Gail. Plan your life. (You can always change your plans, you know.) But have a roadmap for yourself. You want to write? Then write! It's a great therapy healer for what's feeling messed up inside.

"Missing You" sounds like a wonderful story. Finish it. Read it over again and again. Make it the best you can. If you have anyone that can help with your grammar and spelling, ask them. But talent for writing is far more than the knowledge of words and spelling. It's putting down on paper the adventure of your soul. It's sharing your feelings and emotions. Feelings and emotions is where good writing begins.

We all have feelings and emotions. We all are afraid at times and unsure of ourselves. But we have someone with us 24 hours a day no matter where we are or what we're doing. I tell you this from my heart: We are never alone. God is everywhere. Talk to God. Talk to God about all your hopes and fears. Share yourself with God, and in the sharing you will find strength and direction.

If you check out my biography pages with Authors Den and with the "link" to my Xlibris author's page, you will see that I have a lot of life experiences.

But it doesn't take a lifetime to find your way.You have a great start already. You are a writer. You're not a much-read published writer yet, but you have the desire. And you can be.We all have dreams. Take your dream and make it a goal, something to try to accomplish. Once the dream you see in your mind is made into a goal, all you need to do is start walking. Every goal is achievable one step at a time. Almost anything can be accomplished if you just take it one step at a time with your eyes on where it is you want to go.

Have faith in your ability. Have God as your partner. With faith and God as your partner, who can stand against you?

I want to see you finish "Missing You." I want to see you put it up on your den site here and let all the writers--hundreds and hundreds of us--read it and review it and tell you and the world what you have accomplished.I know I will certainly be proud of you. What's more important is how proud you will be of yourself.

And that's just the beginning. The world is waiting for Gail Harrison.

That's you, young lady. Now, get to work!

(You may write to me anytime, if you wish.)

God is with you, Gail.

I send you my love.


(You may write to Gail Harrison   





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Reviewed by Valerie Roeske
With faith and God as your partner, who can tand against you !!! Richard that is a wonderful write to give to Gail and all of us here, encouragement, love, understanding, and hope, you have weaved a beautiful circle here, the true purpose of life, I so Love reading your stuff, Blessing's Valerie
Reviewed by Kathryn C

Your pieces always paint a smile on my face because I can relate to them in a unique way.

Thank you for bringing my attention to this piece. I'm sure Gail will look up to you and love this piece just as I do.

I know you're already pretty big and famous, but best wishes for everything else you set out to achieve :-)

Reviewed by Patricia Smith
Your wonderful letter brought tears to my eyes and my heart. I lived through a very abusive childhood. And as you, I left when I was 16 and never looked back. My life has been ups and downs. The roads never straight. But this helped me to be determined to find myself. Now being older than dirt I know that anyone who dreams can make their dreams come true. I know your letter had to help this young lady to understand that her dreams can be reality. I think what you are doing here is a wonderful thing. I think we all have a few minutes to spare to join a hand and make a chain. A chain of love, encouragement, and inspiration for all our young writers and the old ones also.LOL I think we can all use a little lift every once in a while...Patricia
Reviewed by Pamilla deLeon- Lewis

You are an awesome human being and I am truly not surprised by your action. It is evident in your poetry that you have a great relationship with God.
I don't believe in coincidences...Divine Providence was guiding you to this young lady's site. The message is one from which I am also drawing.
Thanks....Pamela deleon- Lewis
Reviewed by Jerry Engler
Richard, that's a great testimony as well as a tremendous thing to do for Gail. It's good to have you as a friend, and good to know God was looking over you when he introduced you to your life's companion at a fragile stage of life...Jerry
Reviewed by Elizabeth Parsons
This young writer is sincerely blessed to have you as a supporter, Richard. She could find no better. Elizabeth
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath

So lovely and a blessing that you did click on the name.
Bidding Gail good luck and to live her dream and never stop trying to reach her goals.

Wonderful, and have a blessed day Richard!
From the Heart of an Artist...
Reviewed by Maura Clegg
What a beautiful letter to a young girl. It is not simply something for Gail, but also for all young people to look to and realize that life comes to us as it does and we make of it what we can.

You story is inspiting

Reviewed by Denise Contreras
Richard this is great advise you shared. We have a lot in commone in looks I was abused in childhood too and today I have a wonderful relationship too of course it took me later in life to recieve this gift of my husband you recieved this gift early in life.

We are here for a reason and we expereince different things in life at all different ages for a reason. Thanks for sharing your wisdom here with us. Thanks for stopping by my page and inviting me to visit you.
Peace and Love to you
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

The author of "Can You Spare a Little Support?" is planting seeds of mind power and creative life from the warehouse of love and humanity.

In gratitude and admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
Richard, you are one fascinating writer. Your wonderful advice to Gail was so in-depth it flowed with sincerity and interest. Your phrase "adventure of the soul" is perhaps the epitome of why writers write--it is a sharing of the soul. Gail is well advised by your wonderful words and I hope she'll gain the initiative from your encouragement to touch the magic keys of her keyboard and watch the words and characters come to life.

God bless you, my friend...
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling
What wonderful advice that you've given here my friend...You've shared your heart in efforts to inspire this young lady, but my freind you've inspired each person whom reads this heart warming article. Your compassion for our fellowman shines through your words my friend, enjoyed this so much...I like Lena am so glad that I have had the privilege to meet you!
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by H. Lena Jones
Hello Richard, The is sound advice you share with young Gail and all those who might be thinking as she thinks. You have shared so much of yourself, one can only applaud your efforts at becoming the gentleman you have become. Yes, you are an example that anyone can rise from the ashes, not just the Phoenix. This is a tremendous write of encouragement, Richard. I link my words of encouragement with yours for this young lady. With God all things are possible. In some ways, the prose I posted today "When Life Seems Tough" is most appropriate. Perhaps it was meant for her. You have a good heart, Richard, it shines through this article. I'm honored to have met you!

God Bless!
Love, Lena
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
Richard~ You have raised the sails for this young writer and I'm pulling up the lines with you! All it takes in this world is a dream, and a love for that dream, to manifest! Your encouragement here is astounding and I commend you! God Bless you!
Love and Peace~

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