Re: Isaac Bonwits: Desperate Times
- For those of you not familiar with the man, the bio is only part of
the picture. Of course he has been one of the influential characters
in the revival of paganism in the US, particularly Druidry, for
decades. But further, he is a man who has given of himself to share
his knowledge and discoveries. He has been a regular at the Starwood
Festival which I attend often, and has been quite accessible there,
and is known to help others when he can. Sometimes we should return
the gift our elders have given us if we can.
I understand there has been a good response from the community and
with a little more assistance they can be back on their feet. And
let's remember the elders in our local communities as well when we
see them come on hard times. This can take the form of helping find
employment, affordable houseing, sending encouragement and energy
when bad times or health issues hit hard. The things any
compassionate person would do for a friend.
If youa re not aware yet, Donna Schultz (nee Cole) is in the hospital
with a recurrance of cancer. Donna was a founder of Chicago Pagan
Way, which helped lead the way in reviving paganism here in
Chicagoland long ago. Following that, Donna has long been the HPS of
Sacred Stones. She is also a personal friend. Please send her good
healing energies. (Depending on your system, lets be careful to
consider the moon, don't want to inadvertantly give growth energy to
the cancer instead of Donna's spirit and healthy cells)
Share your love, compassion, and light.
--- In Crafty_Crafters_IL@yahoogroups.com, "Mike" <mike@c...> wrote:
> Merry Meet All,
> I found this notice on WitchVox and felt that I should pass
> to our community.
> Dear brothers and sisters,
> It is with profound regret and embarrassment that I issue a plea
for help to
> my readers, those who have enjoyed my workshops over the years, and
> who appreciate my work.
> As many of you may know, I resigned as the original Archdruid of
ADF back in
> 1996 because my health had deteriorated so badly (due to the
> poisoning) that I was unable to handle my duties as Archdruid or
> of leadership in an organization as full of feisty individuals as
> My health has been down, then up, then down again; usually getting
> the winters and better in the summers. Never has it been good
> allow me to return to the sort of corporate 9-5 that I used to be
> manage, especially since corporations don't like workers falling
> their desks every day.
> I've been eking out my survival since, with a few good years after
> settlement came in, but most of that income was drained away by
> financial decisions, followed by a long period of income from
> speaking, and webwork just not matching outgo. My SSI Disability
> were cut off a few years ago and the rules for getting back on
> more brutal than ever.
> For all of 2003 I spent my time and energy trying to get my own
> publishing company going and living on the last of my savings. Well
> company is doing well, but it won't be bringing me in any real
> several months or a year at least, and my savings are long gone.
> Recently I've posted mp3s and ebooks for sale on my website and been
> scrambling for other ways to generate income, including trying to
> speaking gigs, but nothing is happening fast enough for our current
> My fiance has a full time job, thank the Gods, but it doesn't bring
> enough to even pay the rent. Neither of us have had money for
> several months (mine I will be able to get soon, but hers is quite
> and free samples are not available) . Neither of us can get the
> or other medical care we've needed since suffering two car
> year. Her car was just repossessed a couple of weeks ago and mine
> next. The landlord has already started eviction proceedings, and
the gas and
> electricity will be turned off soon if we can't pay the bill.
> Other Pagan elders have wound up homeless and living on the street.
> don't want to join them, but I sincerely fear that that is exactly
> going to happen if we don't get some help fast.
> Please don't tell me that, since I'm such a famous magician,
I "ought" to be
> able to do all the money magic I need. There are several kinds of
> I'm good at, but money magic has never been among them. When I've
> to spare I've always given it generously to good causes and needy
> individuals. Now I have to ask for help from those who have said
> glad I've done the work I've done. I know I'm not the only one
> financially right now. Other Pagan elders are having serious
> hundreds of Pagans have been "downsized, " and millions of others
> suffering in this supposedly "recovering" economy.
> But I can't think of anything else to do but ask my readers and
> feel they have benefited from my teaching to help us out of this
> has taken me weeks of agonizing to get to this point, and I am
> after several paying projects were canceled at the last moment.
> if you can't make an outright donation to us at my PayPal account
> (ibonewits@n...) , or my Amazon Honor System Account, either of
> which can be accessed by buttons on my homepage, or buy one of the
> tangible products I've tried to sell via my website and my Cafe
> over the last few years, or organize a paying gig in your home town-
> which I know will be true for many of you--at least get together
> friends and pray for us. We need healing, protection, and yes,
> prosperity to survive.
> If my own readers, students, and webfans won't do it, who will?
> A few additional notes:
> I don't want any more nasty email from hostile critics. I'm
> already. And if you think this was embarrassing to read, think what
> like for me to write it. Living in a goldfish bowl Isn't Much Fun.
> If you are an inch away from eviction yourself, or wondering where
> grocery money is going to come from, *don't* send me money. But
find out if
> you have Pagan elders in your town who might need a little physical
> emotional help, then give it to *them.*
> As of Thursday Feb. 26th, many people have purchased ebooks or
mp3s, or made
> direct donations--some of them quite generous, considering people's
> circumstances. We're now about 45% of the way out of our hole and
> following some of the suggestions we've received for getting cheaper
> medications. All the emergency bills have been paid and our rent is
> till March 1st. We are deeply grateful for the love that so many
> us. Something that is perhaps more important than this response to
> elder's plight, however, is that we're hearing more and more folks
> about the need to set up long term solutions to help all of us old
> have worked so hard for this community. If we are to be a healthy
> functional family of religions, we can't just use up and throw away
> elders, whether sages or crones.
> As requested, those who don't have access to Paypal or the Amazon
> System can snailmail donations to: Isaac Bonewits, PO Box 1010,
> 10960-8010, USA.
> My site and (ibonewits@n...) eddress are now back up and
> Website: http://www.neopagan.net
> Blessed Be!
> Mike Smith
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