A very young Roger Ebert a few years before we sat "desk to desk" at the Chicago Sun Times

So...today I was supposed to announce that my "virtual book tour" had begun and to send you over to check out my first "appearance."  And I will.
But I don't really care about anything much right now.   
Except that Roger's cancer is back.  Dammit. 
Not long ago, when I head he'd broken his hip--dancing by some accounts--I playfully teased that he musta been bustin' a serious move when he did it.   He joked about it, too, and thought it more an inconvenience than anything else.  It would take some time to get back on his feet, but...he didn't sound worried.
And then I read the news yesterday.   I don't know if he was just being 'way too brave by laughing it off a little...or if he just didn't want to go there at the time.
The only thing I know for sure is he'll fight it as hard as he can.  And write amazing things about that battle.   When I was so ill two years ago, his insights kept me going and taught me how to adjust my own attitude. And he kept up with me every step of the way.
I think it scared him.  I know this scares me.
But I refuse to give in to despair.  He won't.  Maybe now and then--who wouldn't?  But I know he'll come back swingin'.
My first tour stop is here today (these are links--just click on them):
The entire schedule is here:
Pray for Roger.   Wish us both luck.    Hug someone you care about and tell them how glad you are to have them in your life--trite stuff, I know, but today I'm too heart broken to be clever...
FIGHT it, Roger!

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Comment by Arthur James on April 4, 2013 at 8:27am


I thought You misspelled a word.

Chicago Guy? He be a great editor.

You no spell a 'Viagra' book tour.


Aye. I Believe in Prayer Too.

If it No Help me? Maybe You.

I Promote Hugging Meditations.


Everyone Stand around and Hugs.

But, beware of Pickpockets, Lawyers,

Perverts, and 'Viagra' Salesmen.


Good Luck. We Sure Enough need.

Pray for my neighbor. He's very ill.

He's a Lumberjack and wont Quit.


He wants to Help Clear Scrub Lot.

If all goes well - Plant More Bushes.

Blueberries Live - Forty-Five Years.

Next Bush Patch may outlive me?

I do the math. I be Centenarian.

Maybe I sip Blueberry Wine too.

But, just for a Stomach Sake.

Life can be intoxicating, Sad.

It's both. We need Balance.

Thanks. Good Luck To You.

Comment by Antoinette Errante on April 4, 2013 at 9:14am

Roger is one tough man and clearly evolved spirit-- who else would take a leave of  presence? His heart--joined with our will see him through; just you wait!!!

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on April 4, 2013 at 9:15am

Bless you for this, and him, as well.

Comment by JMac1949 Today on April 4, 2013 at 9:44am

Roger Ebert, like Stephen Hawking, has been a source of constant amazement to me.  They are both extraordinary men at the very top of  their professions and both have beat the odds against debilitating disease.  Here's hoping Roger beats the odds again.  R&L

Comment by L in the Southeast on April 4, 2013 at 9:48am

My heart sank when I read the first few lines.  Damned cancer!  I know your friend will find the strength to fight that bastard again.  All my supportive thoughts are headed his way...and yours.

Comment by Chicago Guy on April 4, 2013 at 12:01pm


Comment by Antoinette Errante on April 4, 2013 at 1:20pm

My darling I just heard the new of Roger Ebert's passing. I am so very sorry. This is such a loss for those of us who never knew him personally. I can only imagine what this means to you. No words right now, just thoughts of love. I know he would have wanted you -- all of us-- to not let anything stand in the way of our dreams.

Comment by Arthur James on April 4, 2013 at 1:26pm


Chicago Guy. Beware - HACKERS HERE.

I have a comment that will not Be Sent.

I got a Odd Popup I can't Decipher Too.

Comment by lorianne on April 4, 2013 at 3:04pm

no hackers be here

perhaps they live in your computer art

ghosts in the machines

Comment by Arthur James on April 5, 2013 at 7:26am

` Maybe.

Hamlet's Ghost.

` He's Haunting.


Computers confuse.

Soon -

I get Computer Tutors.

Youth Teach Me Gizmos.


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