I hope that you are all well.  I really do appreciate all of you who read my insignificant words here.  Most of these posts are just a way to amuse myself. Since the beginning of the year I have been sick with a cold three times (it's the cost of having kids).  Each time seems worse than the last.  Being sick this last time made me really begin to appreciate what it is like to be "healthy."  I wondered, "What would life be like if this became my 'normal' and I never got well?"  Having that moment really made me think and appreciate that, today I am healthy and able to enjoy my life but there are those who are not so lucky to be well.

I got an email from a dear friend in China who's wife has gotten very ill.  William (Bill) Gillespie was a student at our dojo all throughout the 90s.  He is in the black belt class two ahead of me and one of the first people to beat me up on my second day - thanks Bill.  His wife's name is Angela and this is her second bout with a life threatening illness.  It sounds cliche, but she is one of the nicest people and doesn't deserve this, but this time it is true.  Bill is currently in Beijing and the Chief Instructor of Beijing Aikikai.   His wife (who is totally awesome and a super nice person despite Bill's shortcomings) is in the hospital battling for her life and needs our support.  They are Aikido people, we are Aikido people and therefore we stand together.  If you can, please donate any amount that you can afford.

To donate or read more about Angela's condition click here: https://www.youcaring.com/angela-im-526250#.VssrQ_N8AvY.email