JOSHUA – A Man of Destiny

The Joshua Tree

Here’s a question: What can give you instant gratification, a sense of purpose, and a good feeling that last and last? The answer: Helping someone.

That’s a truth you just can’t deny. I’ve found through the years that when I help someone, I’m the one that gets the most benefit out of it. Think about it. The last time you went out of your way to lend a helping hand, give a word of encouragement or do something as small as giving a few bucks; didn’t it make you feel good? And when a thank you or acknowledgement wasn’t expected in return, it was even better. Right? The tears of gratitude came from your eyes. Have you felt that contentment lately?

Well gentle readers here is a chance to have that feeling again. Recently my friend, Eden Baylee told me about another friend, Maxwell Cynn’s heart wrenching struggle. He just happens to be a great writer and someone I admire. Max’s son, Joshua had been diagnosed with Acute T-cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Then I read in Max’s own words how it was affecting his family and most of all Joshua. This was not a tale of woe but a straight forward note of love. It’s worth a read.

Eden decided to help. If any of you know Eden then you know she is one of the most supportive writers and people you could ever want to know—but this isn’t the story of Eden. What she did was set up a fundraiser to help Joshua with medical expenses and help pay off a large educational loan. You see Joshua is a 3 ½ years into a getting his degree in psychology and he’s been maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Now Joshua is with his family and going through a fight for survival. Don’t we all know what the struggle to win against cancer can do to an individual? It’s a lonely time even with family and friends close by touching and encouraging. It’s a time when inner will rises up to show the strength of the one affected. Joshua is a man among men! He’s a fighter!

One thing family, friends and those who hear about this battle can do is let Joshua concentrate on this mighty struggle and ease the burdens he shouldn’t have to worry about. That’s what Eden and a group of writers, editors and advertisers are doing. Many have donated books and services to help.

This is your chance to get back that good feeling of helping. And receive something physical in return. Help Joshua and his family and get a great book to read. You can even get a book signed by the author. That was always a dream of mine—and still is.

Not only will you help Joshua but you’ll be doing something every writer strives for: having someone read what they write. That’s what the people offering these services gets out of this—along with the same good feelings you’re after.

100% of all donations go to Joshua and his family for medical expenses and college loans—100%!

I’m asking all of my wonderful readers to think about it. And pass this post on to your other friends. This is not an effort to increase my readership. I’m still amazed that people read my little post. I want to help the family. Click on the ‘like’ button and it goes to FaceBook, Tweet about it—heck, send it out in an email. Spread the word and give. I have put Joshua on my list of “People I want to meet”.

One other thing I would ask of you. Pray for Joshua’s speedy recovery. I believe that prayers can move mountains, change the world and heal the sick. It’s not an add-on; it is the very foundation of medicine and the rock on which we all stand.

Open your hearts to Joshua and his family and give. Here’s the link to Joshua (That little sentence has so much meaning) http://www.indiegogo.com/indiesuniteforjoshua 

With love and blessings to you,

A Writer in Thailand- the beginning

My first trip to Thailand became the journey that set me to return again and again. I was working and living in the Marshall Islands—two thousand miles west of Hawaii far from any other land.

I had been in a war in Viet Nam and I fell in love with Asia. Even in the middle of a conflict I found the people exotic and interesting.

I arrived in Thailand with friends and like most young men I was there to relax and enjoy the beautiful women. We were on holiday between contracts. I walked into a clothing shop where handmade tailored apparel was quickly produced. My first sight as I stepped through the door was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. All my dreams of an Asian beauty were culminated in her. She looked up from her work and our eyes locked. Being a stumbled-tongued young man I could only stare as my brain shouted, “Talk to her!”

Her English was poor but better than my Thai—since I spoke none. Her first words were, “Do you need a tour guide?” “Yes,” leaped from my lips and we arranged to meet that night. I had no idea what to expect but I knew I would agree to anything she had in mind. She admitted later she had never done anything like that before- but could see my heart was good.

We spent a month touring all of the beautiful places in and around Bangkok and the nearby sea. My friends were off to the nightclubs for fun while I visited temples, street markets, and places of Thai history. She began to teach me Thai and I was determined to learn so I could express myself to this beauty.

Later I often wondered how we got along so well. Neither of us could do more than speak in broken language, using our hands and smiles.

She took me to the sleepy little village of Pattaya—which is now a major resort area. At the time there were a few hotels and one nightclub that I remember. We spent our days walking and exploring and even hired a fishing boat to take us to the outlying islands. It was magical and I was completely in love with the country and this exotic beauty.

Thailand then and even now is a bit like going back in time to a slower pace of life. The heat requires one to slow down as it seeps into one’s bones and relaxes.

I had to return to the Marshalls and all I could think was how much I would miss Thailand and this rare flower that had captured my heart. I spoke the words I had never said to anyone before. Fear of those words was somehow ingrained in me not to say aloud. I told her I loved her and tears came to her and I thought I would be lost in her eyes. She spoke in Thai and then in English, words I never thought I would hear. She loved me! We made pledges and exchanged addresses—no email in those days—and I prepared to leave.

I returned to the beautiful Pacific but my heart stayed in Thailand to be nurtured and held close. We wrote often and I had never put so much energy into writing words of love in a language that was so foreign to me. I had an English-Thai dictionary and two book on learning the Thai language. She had similar but also had a number of letters translated to English. Later we would laugh at my attempts but it was the effort she loved.

Julee, my exotic beauty, became my wife and I brought her to my world with hope that we would one day return. We visited a few times and she went with our young children several other times while I had to stay home and work. Our children endeared me to her family.

We have been married thirty-five years and have lived in Thailand for the past seven. My writer’s life would have not been possible if not for my exotic beauty!

My books:

In
Search of a Soul
– A Sea Adventure

http://www.amazon.com/Search-Soul-Dannie-C-Hill/dp/0982692420/
(Paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Search-Soul-ebook/dp/B0048ELAJY/
(Kindle)

Tyler
Hill’s Decision
- A Young Adult Adventure in the
Appalachian Mountains

http://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Hills-Decision-Dannie-Hill/dp/0982692404/
(paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/Tyler-Hills-Decision-ebook/dp/B003UNLJYU/
(Kindle)

Outer
World Prairie,
A Fantasy adventure coming later this year.
For a look at this upcoming book go to my website.

http://smallmountainpub.com/comingsoon.htm