Having lived a long and varied life in many places, made friends along the way, unfortunately most have passed on to another realm. But fortunately made some friends younger than myself and they are still around, but lose contact from time to time.

This year spending a lot of time on the internet, writing all these blog articles made contact with some long-lost friends.

Two of my oldest friends from the sixties, Grace Zabriskie and Marina. Grace is a movie actress I met in the 60s while she attended Brenau College, in the town of Gainesville, Georgia, where I now reside, and Grace lives in Los Angeles. We reconnected earlier this year via the internet.

One of the most interesting and talented people I have ever known, Grace has been in a number of movies, including starring with Farah Fawcett in The Burning Bed, plus others. She has appeared on many television shows including several appearances on Seinfeld.

We periodically lose contact, however when we reconnect can pick up right where we left off as if I had seen her yesterday. A rare individual, wonderful artist, excellent writer and great actress. I define a friend as someone who walks in when others walk out.

My other good friend, Marina, who lives in another city, now posts my articles. I met Marina in the 60s while living in Reno, Nevada. A long time friendship I enjoy and cherish. Marina is very talented in many things, including jewelry design, and has her own jewelry business.

Another friend, Emily, I met in the 70s, lives out of town and calls periodically. Emily came to me for reflexology treatments regularly for several years and thought I could fix whatever was wrong with her. We used to laugh when I told her I had no magic bullets. However she always left claiming she felt much better.

Then another friend, Janice, contacted me a few months back, and so delighted to hear from her after being out of touch for several years. Janice is in the counseling business and always has interesting stories to tell.

Just this week received an email from a precious young friend I had lost contact with about 4 years ago. His name is Kyryl, from Russia, a computor science major still in college and now living in Canada. Six or seven years ago he helped me daily, trying to operate the computor when I bought one not knowing what a mouse was. Nor what a harddrive was and didn’t know how to turn on. Still today know very little about anything electronic or electrical, and have trouble operating a can opener. But needless to say I was extremely thrilled to hear from him this past week.

Just a few of my uplifting experiences reconnecting with friends this past year of 2009.

I’m looking forward to writing about Prince William and his electric jeep from Santa, and his explanation of all the games and toys from his 4-year-old’s Christmas. He already has his own room filled with everything from electric trains, Sponge-Bob, games and Lincoln Logs.

As far as yours truly, I’m mulling over New Year’s resolutions, headed by a resolve to work on my personal health and the anemia problem I discovered last October, and the regimen I described in a previous article. It seems to be working. Already a bit of increase in energy levels. However, Rome was not built in a day and neither will be my restoration to health, but already improving.

I need all the energy I can muster to continue writing about The Philosophy of Freedom, and all the other topics, including keeping up with Prince William. This spring will be time to plant another garden with him, shoveling and spreading seeds, listening to him whooping and hollering “Holy guacamole,” as the seeds pop out of the ground.

To all my readers, please continue with your comments, emails and ideas. In this “war of ideas” we still face in 2010, we are in this together, and must keep up the interest if we are to win back lost Freedoms.

Calvin Coolidge said: “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Let Freedon Ring


EMAIL: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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