Sunday, April 8, 2012

Facing the Sun

It's Easter Sunday, and though I'm not a Christian, I've always appreciated the season and the promise of renewal and uplift it brings.

Our fellow writer and friend, Richard Levangie, had neurosurgery this weekend to remove a pituitary tumor that's wreaked havoc on his body for more than a decade. His wife Kristina has been kind enough to let us know that he's recovering well. Yet in spite of a distinguished history as a journalist and award-winning writer, Richard's debilitating migraines and fatigue have left him unable to pursue his career with as much fortitude as in his pre-tumor years. His friends have stepped up to help him and Kristina with expenses as he continues to recuperate and regain his strength.

29 talented writers--including project spear-headers JA Zobair, Wendy Russ, and Stephen Parrish--have contributed to an anthology of poetry, short fiction, and reminiscences titled Facing The Sun. You may donate any amount of money to receive this anthology in pdf format via email. I've taken my time in looking through this lovely collection and have been deeply impressed by the talent of the contributors and the beauty of the photos and formatting. For your donation, you will also have your name inscribed on the "wall" of the site's sidebar. I've recognized so many familiar names up there already. It's just one more reminder of the incredibly generous and impassioned community of which we're all a part.  

Richard's done a lot for that community. He was one of the first people to interview me when my book was published, as part of his "25 Questions" series. He and Kristina designed my beautiful book "postcards." He's the kind of guy that takes as much delight in the success of his friends as he does in his own accomplishments. I'm happy to see so many people giving back to him now.

Please consider a donation. It's a beautiful day for new beginnings.  


Charles Gramlich said...

Amen. thanks for letting us know.

Anonymous said...

Sarah, this is a beautiful post.

I'm perhaps most struck by your comment that Richard is as thrilled with a friend's success as he is with his own. This is absolutely true, and one of the many qualities that makes him a good friend.

I'm proud to be a part of this project. What better cause than a new beginning for Richard?

P.S. Sarah is in the anthology as well!

Sarah Hina said...

Charles, thanks for taking note.

JA, you guys have done a fantastic job. I'm so proud of the three of you. It was my pleasure to take part in some small way!

Here's to more good news ahead.

the walking man said...

Here's to recovering. I'll give it a look, sounds like an interesting anthology of the arts. Recovering because though not brain surgery I know what it's like having just gone through my fourth cervical spine surgery and am looking at a fifth (of whiskey I wish).

Richard Levangie said...

Sarah, thank you. I didn't see this post before when I was surfing the net looking for people to thank.

I hope the statute of limitations on thank yous can be extended to cover my unfortunate omission.

You are a sweetheart and my little heart is bursting.