Spider Robinson is one of the few authors whose books I reread with pleasure. Filled with ideas, his books are also written to stimulate the pleasure centres of the brain. One just cannot help but smile when reading any of the Callahan series. The smile continues to his other work, including the books he wrote with his wife, Jeanne.
After both Robinsons have given me such pleasure, the least I can do is relay their request to you, the reader. You can read below about Jeanne’s health issues and how we can all provide her assistance.
Thanks for coming and please read on.
Earlier his year a brilliant surgeon, Dr. Andresz Busczowski, helped Jeanne Robinson beat back a rare and virulent form of biliary cancer. But it’s so rare even he can’t say how much time he‘s bought her, how soon it might recur—and her latest blood tests have been so discouraging they’ve now decided she needs to start chemotherapy as soon as possible. Besides the prescription drugs to counteract the chemotherapy, she needs special therapies and supplements, counseling, and extensive diet and lifestyle changes, to reduce her stress level and the strain on her liver to as close to zero as possible. All those things are expensive…and like many artists today the Robinsons were already running on fumes financially.
But Jeanne, a Soto Zen monk, has been spreading love and kindness in all directions for a long time. So her Buddhist sangha in Vancouver, her neighbors on Bowen Island, and friends as far away as Florida have all spontaneously come together to raise funds to help keep her around as long as possible. Your participation is welcomed. A Bowen benefit concert, “WE DREAM FOR JEANNE,” will be held at Cates Hill Chapel at 7:30 PM on Friday Sept 18 details here; goods or services can be donated for eBay auction by contacting Jan Schroeder. You can get in on the bidding at the Ebay Auction. A few of the auction items include: Rare Straczynski Babylon 5 Script Book FULL SET including 15, and DINNER FOR TWO WITH HARLAN AND SUSAN ELLISON AT ELLISON WONDERLAND IN LA. Lastly, PayPal donations can be sent to http://wedreamforjeanne.blogspot.com/.
Another way to help would be to buy our books from Amazon by clicking-through from this site http://www.spiderrobinson.com/books.html, so Jeanne and I can get the affiliate commission. We promise you an entertaining read.
You can read Jeanne’s recent blog entry, The Third Act, to get a sense of how she’s feeling at http://stardancemovie.blogspot.com/.
Jeanne and Spider both warmly appreciate your help, support, prayers or just good thoughts.