Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Antonella / Living abroad

Antonella has published a poem on her blog, in memory of her uncle who passed away today (Nov. 30th). Please call round.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Mik / Diary of Rock-n-Roll Men

Mik is reporting that his sister Lou is fading in and out of consciousness, being quite seriously ill. Please call round.

Monday, 31 October 2011

Remembering those that have gone on ahead

One Girl's Head Noise (UK) - Pam, RIP 16 April 2006
There are no Sundays - Jim, RIP April 2007
The Diatom Project - Walt, RIP 27 April 2007
Pennie's Pieces of Ohio - Penny, RIP 1 October 2007
My Reason for Reasoning - Barbara, RIP 20 November 2007
Lahoma's Laments - Lahoma, RIP 25 December 2007
I shaved my legs for this??? - Kim, RIP 26 December 2007
Meet me at the Breakfast Table - Rene, RIP 25 February 2008
Sylvia Boiling, RIP 2 May 2008
Dribble by Chuck Ferris - Chuck, RIP 1 July 2008
Lori's Love Tribe - Lori, RIP 22 November 2009
A journey of another kind, Jane, RIP 30 May 2010 
Just Plain Bill, Bill, RIP 28 November 2010
Daria, RIP 22 January 2011
Angie Marshall, RIP 30 January 2011
Lori Johnson, RIP 16 February 2011
Alvia Meekins, RIP 11 April 2011
Rebecca Robertson, formerly as Journeyzpath (Summer 2011)
Say it Baldy, Sam Shafer, RIP 29 June 2011
Gypsypaths, Carol Martinez, RIP 28 September 2011

Friday, 28 October 2011

Judith Heartsong

Judith is celebrating the 9th anniversary of the day that she broke away from her old life, and started a new life in Maryland. Please call round to congratulate.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Carol Martinez / Gypsy Paths

It is with deep sadness that I have to report the death of fellow blogger Carol Jeanne Martinez (Carolhehe on AOL) who used to write Gypsy Paths. A year ago last August, she reported that she had been diagnosed with cancer, but the problems started as early as 2009. Chemotherapy was to no avail in the end, and Carol passed away peacefully at home on 28 September 2011, at the comparatively early age of 60. Carol was buried ten days later. A motorcycle procession was held in her honour to Plymouth WA, before her interment. Further details in her local paper (from where I link the portrait, left).

Carol, you fought valiantly against an intractable foe. I am pleased you are now beyond pain and suffering, but hope those that are left behind will be given the strength needed to cope with your loss.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Liz / Visual Counterpoint

Liz has resumed blogging on her journal Visual Counterpoint, although she has had to change the URL. I have flagged up Liz before. She is in an extremely fragile state of mind at the best of times, so I ask for the utmost delicacy in dealing with her.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Can Anyone Help?

Due to things going on in my life, I completely missed the Anniversary of my blog last month. Is there anyone out there able to do graphics who could make me a graphic for my sidebar.

It has to be the right size to fit and it only needs to say " 7 Years Blogging" or "Seven Years Blogging".

I would be so grateful. Perhaps someone could also pass this request on to Facebook as I know many bloggers have now made their homes there. Thank you.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Aileen / Wishful Thinking

I have only just discovered Aileen's blog, which details her battle against mouth cancer (a particularly nasty form of cancer) and other, multiple, health problems. Please call round to offer support.

Jeannette / Outside looking in

Jeannette has made a posting on her blog, and it looks as if she needs a lot of support. Please call round.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Housekeeping message

I have altered the arrangements for posting on this blog. The same people who used to have permissions to post (Jeannette, Yasmin and myself) still have permissions, but in order to minimise spam and other garbage, I have removed links to blogs. This blog is not very much used these days, following the move to Facebook.

Talking of which, I have removed the link to the Call for Support Facebook group, as the settings for that have been changed to Secret. Anyone wishing to join will have to come through Morton Lake, Tawnya E Gregory or myself. The Kontactr button in the sidebar links to my email address.

I apologise for centralising this on myself.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Rebecca Robertson / Journeyzpath

Rebecca Robertson, known to us in J-land as journeyzpath, has passed away after a battle with breast cancer. I have been unable to track down her old AOL journal, and have found only snippets of old comments on other people's blogs. I believe she discontinued her blog at the time of the Jland break-up in 2008, and has taken herself off Facebook a while ago. Not everybody is prepared or able to record the progression of a serious disease like breast cancer on the Internet.

Rebecca was a life-coach and I remember her blog as being along those lines. I am genuinely sad to hear of her death, as she was a good soul. Her star has now set below the horizon of life, but her pain and suffering at least are at an end.


Yesterday, I posted about the death of a J-lander - who appears to be very much alive and well.
I apologise to you all for this very poor piece of research on my part, and for any distress caused.

I am still chasing up the correct identity of the Becky who died of breast cancer earlier this week, and would like to ask you to keep in thoughts or prayer the friends and family of this lady.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Alvia / ADM Designs

Donna has kindly alerted me to the sad news that Alvia Meekins Jr passed away on 11 April last at the age of only 46. Up until last Christmas, he made tags and published them on this blog ADM Designs. An In Memoriam has been published in various locations on the Internet, including here. Feel free to leave your tributes there, or whichever place you feel appropriate.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Kellen / Faith in Roman Catholicism

Kellen has told us that on 21 May last, he graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in Liturgical Music and Catholic Studies. Please call round to offer congratulations.

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Martin / Life after Jane

A few days before the anniversary of the death of his wife Jane (who used to write Journey of another kind), Martin tells us he and his son were stabbed by a gang as they were trying to protect another person, who the gang were trying to stab. Please call round.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Beth Riches / Nutwood Junction

Beth informs us that her uncle Bert died on 22 May.
She is very upset over this, so please call round.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Missy is telling us that she has been rock bottom, overtly suicidal in fact. She got help in time, and is doing well going back up out of the depths of despair. Please call round.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Tom Schuckman

Tom lost his dear wife Sharon within the past week, and is finding it hard to come to terms with what has happened. He also tells us that he is concerned about his mother, who is in her 80s - she too finds it difficult to cope with Sharon's passing.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Sybil / Day in the life of Sybs

Sybil has informed us that her sister Sarah passed away on Friday, as the result of a severe lung infection. Please call round.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Deb / Fugtastick

I was contacted by Deb Young, with the following message:

I have a 25 yr old son, Daniel who contracted Hepatitis C 9 months ago. The virus has now progressed to end stage as of my writing and we are still waiting months for his medicaid decision to begin chemotherapy. Daniel has received no treatment since diagnosis because he has no medical insurance and now has a prognosis of 1 year if treatment is not started in the next 4 weeks. The fact this could have been treated and his life saved but for lack of a doctor caring sickens me, his mother and his father.

Thank you again,
Deborah & John Young
Exeter NH USA

Daniel keeps a blog, Fugtastick. Please leave a comment for encouragement and support.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Gerry / Daughters of the Shadowmen

Gerry has been told that her sister Margie was followed into death by her husband Floyd only a day later. Please call round.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Gerry / Daughters of the Shadowmen

Our Gerry is today mourning the loss of her sister Margie, who died on Wednesday. Please call round.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Amy / Meh

I posted a few days ago that Amy's mother had been diagnosed with cancer.
I regret to add now that her mother passed away on Monday 14 March.
Please call round - Amy's blog has not yet been updated with that information at this time.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Regina / A page unturned

Regina has been in touch with me, and has told me that although she is on the internet, it has only been to seek diversion from the problems she is currently facing. Regina's fiance has been in hospital for several months, and may be unable to come home. It is causing her great distress, so please call round.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Michele / Eternity

You may remember Michele Thomas, who posted on AOL as "Mrs T". I got back in touch with her, and found her on a low ebb. Please call round on the blog; I'm also arranging a connection on Facebook.

Amy / Meh

Amy is confronting the fact that her mother has incurable cancer - in various parts of the body. Please call round.

EDIT (15 March): Amy's mother passed away on Monday. 

Monday, 7 March 2011

Mik / Diary of Rock-n-Roll Men

Mik has been informed that one of his favourite aunts has passed away. Please call round.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Joann's New Journey

Joann tells us that her dear friend Bob has passed away after a massive stroke. Please call round.

Monae / Dear Diary

Monae has written a blogpost about being scared of driving. I can sympathise (see comment #4 on the entry). Pop round to offer her some encouragement and support.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Lori / Loris Letterbox

I regret to confirm that Lori Johnson passed away at the age of 66 on February 16th. She had been suffering from cancer for some time, and particularly the last weeks and months of her life were very hard for her. I am pleased though that she and her husband had a nice roadtrip last year, which had to be curtailed due to her deteriorating medical condition.

The news is late getting out, as Lori's email address was compromised earlier this week. Please do NOT use this, as it is in the process of being closed down.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Jan / My journey with pulmonary fibrosis

Jan, who used to keep the above mentioned blog, has finally had her lung transplant. She has had to wait for 9 long years, but on 2 February her prayers were answered: a match was available.

I shall relay any comments to her by email.

Monday, 31 January 2011


Beth has posted a very good entry on the subject of grief. Bearing in mind the subject matter of this blog, I think it appropriate to relay the link here - we can all recognise this.

Just Plain Bill - update

I have received this email from Bill Jr (justplainbill's son), which I copy below. He is offering to send me a memorial card, which (upon receipt) I shall scan and post in the group, as well as on the Call for Support blog.

Dear Guido,

Many apologies for not writing earlier. Candidly, my family and I are having a devil of a time coming to terms with this loss. My Dad was one of the planet's most spectacular people. He was a terrific husband, an unbelievable father, and an amazing grandfather. We all feel his loss so profoundly and we are still numb, going just from day to day. But having spoken to my father many times about his internet friends, I can assure you how treasured you were to him and how much he enjoyed your company and spending "cyber-time" with you.

Please send me a mailing address when you can, and I will send you off a memorial card.

Thank you so much for sharing your and your web-mates' comments about my Dad. I will be sure to pass them along to my Mother.

Please keep him in your prayers.


Bill Janssen

Angie Has Passed Away

Very sad news this morning. Angie from "Can You Hear Me At the Back" has passed away. She had jusst celebrated her 60th Birthday. This is the third blogger lost to us in such a short space of time. I shall be adding her to Silent Keyboards - J-Land Angels. May she rest in peace.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Angie / Can you all hear me at the back?

Lynda has told me that Angie has passed away at the age of 60. Marie has posted a tribute to Angie on her blog. Please leave a message on Angie's blog, but feel free to comment on Marie's as well, as Angie was a good friend of hers.

I am profoundly saddened to hear of yet another J-land loss.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Lori / Loris Letterbox

Alberta Lori has emailed to say she is still around, although it was a close call. She is due to get a reduced amount of chemotherapy on Thursday 27th January. Lori would like to thank all who have been in touch, and for everyone's good wishes for her and the family.

I am not relaying a link to the journal, but have passed a link to this post to Lori.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Daria / Living with cancer

I deeply regret to announce the death of cancer sufferer Daria Maluta, who lived in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She died in the early hours of Saturday 22 January. Please call round; I shall cross-post on Facebook. I am endebted to Andy for raising the alert on his blog.

Just Plain Bill

I deeply regret to announce that "Justplainbill", Bill Janssen, passed away on 28 November 2010. I copy the message:

This is Bill's son, with a sad message. My Dad passed away after a sudden illness on Nov 28. He loved his email friends. Thanks for being such a good friend to him. If you need to reach me, my email is:
wjanssen [at]
Bill Jr.

Bill Senior's blog remains on