Archive for December, 2012

Tomorrow is surgery time!

Thursday, December 6th, 2012
This time tomorrow morning I will be leaving for the hospital for the removal of the large tumor in my head. It is very scary–probably the scariest thing I have ever done. Have you ever asked yourself what would I do the last few days of my life if I thought the end was coming? Oh boy, I have! The answer is, I would be and do the same. I am not religious but I believe strongly in my God. In my brain is lodged the 23rd Psalm—Yea, tho I walk through the valley of the Shadow of death, he is with me. His rod and staff¬†shall comfort me–I trust this promise!—olRoff

Countdown to Tumor in my heard surgery

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

I believe my father was the greatest man I have ever known. Today I had breakfast with my son-in-law, Terry Gates. As we talked and said a prayer, I felt his hands. They were hardened from continual work, yet gentle enough to hold a tiny baby. As we parted he told me that he loved me and he placed the most gentle kiss on my forehead as if God himself was speaking to me and telling me that it is OK. I will never forget. And I realize that I have another man in my life equally as great as my father! I am so fortunate to have known two such great men!


Saturday, December 1st, 2012

I have written about the poor kids in my alley. Well last week the 14 year old and her little sister, about 8 came into the gallery selling cookie dough for her school. It was $16. —These little girls live with 9 other children, their two mothers, and a severely
mentally handicapped man in a beat up 2 bedroom alley house. They are very poor.–
I gave them a $20. bill and I told them they could keep the $20. and split it or they could sell me the cookie dough and keep the $4. change. They left. The next day they came back and asked what kind of cookie dough I wanted. They said they had talked it over with their mother and she told them to do the right thing—sell the cookie dough and turn the money over to the school. —I am so impressed—Just because you are poor doesn’t mean that you have less values than we who are not!