October 22, 2011

Message from Gerard

This is a friend, delivering a message from Gerard: he was taken ill but is glad to report that he's recuperating nicely, and plans to be back in the not-too-distant future to tell you all about it. Knowing Gerard, he should have a lot to say.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 22, 2011 5:32 AM
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Thank you for the update. Was becoming concerned. Prayers and best wishes for a quick and full recovery.

Posted by: Virginia at October 22, 2011 5:52 AM

I'm glad to hear he's alright. Thank you for the update!

Posted by: Scott at October 22, 2011 6:02 AM

I just had a feeling something was wrong. Get well quickly, Gerard. I will add you to my prayers.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at October 22, 2011 6:03 AM

Here's praying you recover fully. The online experience is not worth it without American Digest. Yesterday I did a search "where is gerard van der leun" I was so bereaved.

Posted by: John Hinds at October 22, 2011 6:15 AM

Thank you for the update!

Posted by: Jewel at October 22, 2011 6:20 AM

Sorry to learn you have been ill---relieved to know you are getting better. Prayers ascending. Thanks to your friend for letting us know.

Posted by: Deborah at October 22, 2011 6:25 AM

Glad to hear he's ok.

Take your time and recoup...we'll be here when you get back.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at October 22, 2011 6:27 AM

Praying for a quick recovery...

Posted by: Rick at October 22, 2011 6:32 AM

Gerard: We are with you. Get Well Soon.

Posted by: Fat Man at October 22, 2011 6:34 AM

Get Better Gerard!

We miss you!

Posted by: MOTUS at October 22, 2011 6:44 AM

I thought the aliens may have snagged you Gerard...Get well and looking forward to your return!

Posted by: NealinNevada at October 22, 2011 6:45 AM

God speed, Vanderleun. When your ready, we'll be here.

Posted by: Frisco Scooter Trash at October 22, 2011 7:06 AM

Gerard's been missing so long, that Dave at Flight Level 390 has been flying Fi-Fi in a box-search pattern over Seattle, looking for him.

I know it sounds contradictory, but take your time in hurrying back, okay? Just so long as you get here in good health, good spirits and in good time.

And yes, my prayers to God for your complete recovery.

Sunk New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at October 22, 2011 7:21 AM

Dear Gerard, I miss your daily dose of wit and wisdom. I miss your poetry and caustic diatribes. You are one of the few souls who can make me laugh so hard that I cry, and weep so much I can’t even speak. You are the best thing on the web. If you should slip your mortal coil and rise to that heavenly choir, I shall love this world even less. Get well, and that right quick, dear friend.

Posted by: Jewel at October 22, 2011 7:38 AM

What John Hinds Said!

Posted by: MizzE at October 22, 2011 7:39 AM

I can't top anyone else's comment, but I can add my prayers. Get well soon, Vanderleun.

Posted by: Julie at October 22, 2011 7:46 AM

Very glad to hear you are recuperating after unpleasantness.

This means I can take the flying monkeys off patrol over the red rocks around Moab.

Was worried but am happy now.

Posted by: TmjUtah at October 22, 2011 7:47 AM

Gerard, praying without ceasing for your complete recovery. We all know that you must have needed a rest. Sending LOVE.

Posted by: Helene Bidwell at October 22, 2011 7:52 AM

Man, I even searched the Post-Intelligencer for his name, in all its spelling varieties and was relieved to see no results. Get well, my friend! Glad to hear you are on the mend! Prayers for you.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at October 22, 2011 7:59 AM

I'd like to add my wish for a speedy recovery. Get well soon.

Posted by: stephen b at October 22, 2011 8:04 AM

You have been missed! Speedy recovery.

Posted by: Leslie at October 22, 2011 8:21 AM

I must join everyone is saying how much I appreciate this site and the host.

Let us hope our prayers are answered sooner rather than later.

Posted by: notquiteubBuckley at October 22, 2011 8:58 AM

This is one of those things I wonder about, what happens if someone online gets ill or God forbid dies? How would their readers and online acquaintances know or learn about it?

My prayers are with you, Gerard, get well so we can enjoy your work once more.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at October 22, 2011 9:26 AM

I join the rest of these good people in wishing you a speedy and complete recovery and I hope you are getting the best of care. I have placed a call in to the Great Physician on your behalf. He'll get back to you.

Posted by: teresa at October 22, 2011 9:28 AM

Get well soon. Was wondering if the truth-haters From the White House had abducted you!

Posted by: MarkH at October 22, 2011 9:28 AM

Get well, my friend. You have been missed.

Posted by: Ed McCabe at October 22, 2011 9:29 AM

AMEN, AMEN and..............AMEN!

Posted by: madtntaxpayer at October 22, 2011 9:37 AM

Get better soon!

Posted by: Mike at October 22, 2011 9:50 AM

From this comment thread to God's ears/eyes/mind!

Posted by: pfsm at October 22, 2011 9:58 AM

Get well soon, Gerard. I'm praying for you.

Posted by: Big Mo at October 22, 2011 10:02 AM

I wish to add my best wishes to those of the group here. They have already said it all, and thus it is beyond my poor powers to elaborate further except to say get well soon.

Posted by: stuart at October 22, 2011 10:02 AM

Adding my best wishes and prayers also.

Get well soon. You are valued. And you are missed deeply when you're not here.


Posted by: southernjames at October 22, 2011 10:07 AM

Glad to hear you are doing better. You have written some of the best essays I have ever read. Your insight on 9-11 and "Grace in the Blue Ridge Mountains" are my favorites. I quoted part of "Grace" in one of my sermons. God bless you!

Posted by: Rick at October 22, 2011 10:33 AM

I miss you. I am praying for your recovery.
I see by the comments that I'm not the only one. Your friends and admirers are all pulling for you. God Speed.

Posted by: Jimmy J. at October 22, 2011 10:53 AM

Ger! I thought you knew by now not to drink the bong water. Dude!
(Get well, guy.)

Posted by: ed in texas at October 22, 2011 10:56 AM

Thanks for the update and best wishes and hopes for an early return are hereby dispatched.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at October 22, 2011 11:15 AM

Whew! I was beginning to worry. Mr. G. will be in my prayers for a full recovery!

Posted by: Obi's Sister at October 22, 2011 11:23 AM

Personally, I think this "sickness" is a ruse for spending a week in Vegas at the Bunny Ranch.
Get well soon friend.

Posted by: westsoundmodern at October 22, 2011 11:29 AM

How touching that so many who in all likelihood, like me, have never met Gerard in person but yet are praying for his swift recovery. Hope to see you back here soon, my friend, but do recover fully first.

Posted by: dhmosquito at October 22, 2011 11:32 AM

Get well soon, Gerard. I've missed your contributions.

Posted by: Daniel K Day at October 22, 2011 11:44 AM

Praying for your quick recovery. Get well soon, Gerard.

Posted by: Fausta at October 22, 2011 11:56 AM

Oh my goodness! Glad he's OK! What a relief!

I began to worry about him as soon as I realized there was no posting for two days. I know he would not stop posting unless there was something awful going on. And even in his "down time", he would post something silly, or even insignificant. But he'd still be there.

When there was nothing for four days, I was tempted to call for a search party.

Don't worry, Gerald. You're in our thoughts and prayers, and don't worry about us. You take good care of yourself. Your health comes first. Entendido?

Posted by: newton at October 22, 2011 12:22 PM


God Bless and keep you. Thank you for being our writer laureate. Best wishes.

In Christ, because outside of him, there is no hope.

Bill Henry

Posted by: Bill Henry at October 22, 2011 12:46 PM

I feared as much when I didn't find any new posts for three or four days. I've always thought you had the most original website in the conservative blogospere.

So, get well Gerard. I got a couple of things for you as soon as you're back to yourself again.

Posted by: Callmelennie at October 22, 2011 12:55 PM

Prayers for your healing. God Bless!

Posted by: BobK at October 22, 2011 2:22 PM

Miss your stuff. Hope your are OK and well soon.

Posted by: Uncle Wayne at October 22, 2011 2:37 PM

Get well brother, you are sorely missed.

Posted by: Uncle Mikey at October 22, 2011 2:53 PM

get well soon gerard. love your site.

Posted by: rayinct at October 22, 2011 3:17 PM

Thank God. You've been missed. Get well soon.

Posted by: Gnawbone Jack at October 22, 2011 3:36 PM

I was worried. Thanks for the update.

Posted by: chuck at October 22, 2011 3:39 PM

God bless and good health Mr. V.

Posted by: monkeyfan at October 22, 2011 3:49 PM

Gerard, please get well soon. Life without American Digest and Kaching is a pale imitation of real life.

Posted by: Paul at October 22, 2011 3:58 PM

Good luck, come back, we'll be here.

Posted by: KPB at October 22, 2011 4:19 PM

Wondered what happened? Glad to see your still part of the blogging family.
Peccable and the rest of the UNIVERSE misses your daily contribution.

Posted by: Peccable at October 22, 2011 4:29 PM

Praying for a rapid and complete recovery. Take the time you need...we'll be here when you get back.

Posted by: hanover at October 22, 2011 4:41 PM

I was afraid he'd joined the Occupy movement! Get well, Gerard! You are sorely missed!

Posted by: RedCarolina at October 22, 2011 4:53 PM

Get well Gerard.

Posted by: M*A at October 22, 2011 5:09 PM

Thanks for the update...was getting worried. Get Better Soon!

Posted by: Barnabus at October 22, 2011 5:24 PM

Thought you might have been on Vacation, except you would've mentioned it before going. I'll enter your name in the Intentions Book at church tomorrow. Whole congregation will be praying for you.
Susan Lee

Posted by: Susan Lee at October 22, 2011 6:02 PM

Was getting concerned over here in Norfolk, England.
Sorry to hear you've been under the weather Gerard, but good to hear it's only a blip. Take your time, but be sure to return. I hereby demand that AD remains extant and under your stewardship for my remaining days at least, so don't be taking an early exit, buddy. This world is a bad place, but it would be considerably worse without your steady stream of wit, wisdom and prescience, whether in prose, poetry and pictures. Very best wishes for a full recovery.

Posted by: Frank P at October 22, 2011 6:12 PM

Thank you for the update, I hope Gerard knows how many people are pulling for him. Godspeed!

Posted by: Ren at October 22, 2011 7:22 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: Kurt Harden at October 22, 2011 7:43 PM

Never realized how much I depend on your blog Sir... it is truly a blessing. I was getting nervous about your absence and fearing the worst but am quite relieved to hear the news. Best wishes to you and your loved ones. Dios te bendiga.

Posted by: Julio at October 22, 2011 9:28 PM

You may be an irascible SOB, but as you can see we love you for it-- look at all the readers who emerged from the cloud to send best wishes! Looking forward to the story, and hoping it involves a clash with Seattle's PC police--

Posted by: Al Johnson at October 22, 2011 10:26 PM

I'm glad to hear you're getting better. I was also wondering why there had been no posts for a few days. I thought you were off on another road trip, but you usually announce those in advance. Get well soon.

Posted by: rickl at October 22, 2011 10:40 PM

I certainly was missing your footprints all over the place. Prayers for a swify and full recovery, Gerard.

Posted by: G-rope at October 22, 2011 11:18 PM

Will pray for speedy recovery. I was getting seriously worried about you Gerard!

Posted by: The Count at October 23, 2011 12:37 AM

I miss you having coffee with me in the morning. Get well soon. You are in my prayers.

Posted by: Gordon Scott at October 23, 2011 3:57 AM

There were 69 comments on this thread. Perfect for a former porn editor. I go and ruin it by making number 70. Get well, Br'er Gerard.

Posted by: Jewel at October 23, 2011 5:39 AM

"Taken ill" ??

Well, whoever took him had better give him back in proper working order!

(He was working just fine the last time we fired him up.)

Rest and mend, Gerard.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at October 23, 2011 5:58 AM

Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, Gerard.

Posted by: Philip at October 23, 2011 6:35 AM

So glad to hear you are on the mend. I had told my daughter days ago, "Something's not right with Gerard" and she's received so many links from me to your site that she knew immediately of whom I spoke. You've been greatly missed! Warm wishes for your full and speedy recovery.

Posted by: golden west at October 23, 2011 6:41 AM

Praying for a quick and full recovery for you, our Merry Guide, Gerard:

Oh whence, I asked, and whither?
He smiled and would not say.
And looked at me and beckoned,
And laughed and led the way.

And with kind looks and laughter
And nought to say beside,
We two went on together,
I and my happy guide.

Posted by: Mary at October 23, 2011 6:46 AM

Oh thank God. Was beginning to wonder what happened.

Posted by: pbird at October 23, 2011 7:31 AM

I, for one, am not handling my American Digest withdrawals well. In this current climate of solidarity and spirit fingers, I think we should all hit the archives.

Posted by: RedCarolina at October 23, 2011 7:40 AM

Very good news. I was sick of that top post!

Posted by: mare at October 23, 2011 7:55 AM

Most of us are born with gentle souls but Life has a way of beating it out of us.
Your great heart is one of the rare exceptions, Gerard, and I truly miss
starting my day without the perceptive wit and wisdom from "that Dutchman in Seattle".
By the bye, I've always found 12 yr old Scotch to be a sovereign panacea.
Get well, VanMan,


Posted by: GaGator at October 23, 2011 8:47 AM

I too was worried. Glad to hear you'll be back soon. We all love and appreciate what you do, Gerard. Take care of yourself.


Posted by: jwm at October 23, 2011 9:08 AM

Thanks, Friend. Gerard: What everyone else said.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at October 23, 2011 9:53 AM

I figured you were on vacation. Hope you are well soon.

Posted by: sTevo at October 23, 2011 10:17 AM

Agree, Red. The archives are much better than googling obits.

Posted by: Jewel at October 23, 2011 10:34 AM

Finally, good news...(well, the part about him being alive; 'taken ill' is not necessarily good, but better to be on this side of the sod.)
Hope to have him back in the saddle soon.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at October 23, 2011 10:53 AM

I miss you too! Feel better soon!The world is non-thought-provoking without you!

Posted by: pink lady at October 23, 2011 11:20 AM

I feel your pain, Jewel. I nearly inboxed Motus on facebook in a fit of... let's just call it "concern." There is definitely a giant void in the blogosphere right now and I confess I was glad when Don finally commented his concern. Since it's Sunday, I guess one of my favorite post from the archives, among many, would be from August 21 of this year, Van Morrison's "Be Thou My Vision." The archives and blogroll should keep us busy for a while but it has become clear to me that I looked forward as much to seeing his choices and his unique presentation as I did the actual links he shared. This may give me a chance to catch up on his personal pieces and it goes without saying to other A.D. junkies how satisfying that can be. Bottom line: righteous indignation just isn't as fun without Gerard!

Posted by: RedCarolina at October 23, 2011 11:39 AM

Prayers for you from Kentucky. May His healing presence surround you and give you peace.

Posted by: BroKen at October 23, 2011 2:53 PM

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery, Gerard!

Posted by: Mike Lief at October 23, 2011 3:11 PM

Go easy, Gerard. As you can see, we'll be waiting for you. Just take care of yourself. Thank you for having someone clue us in!

Posted by: Kerry at October 23, 2011 3:29 PM

I've been in suspended animation since American Digest has been in suspended animation. Am relieved to hear you will be back. Praying for a full recovery for you. We'll be waiting. God bless.

Posted by: Insomniac at October 23, 2011 3:32 PM


Can't express it as well as many have but I've missed your contributions to the blogosphere. Hope you get well soon.


Posted by: Another Old Navy Chief at October 23, 2011 4:10 PM

I am relieved as I really miss your prose. This will make us all appreciate you even more.

Posted by: Captain Dave at October 23, 2011 5:11 PM

What they said.


Posted by: JD at October 23, 2011 7:20 PM

Thanks for the good news! And be assured of our continued prayers for you.

Posted by: Gandalin at October 23, 2011 7:49 PM

God speed and swift healing.

Posted by: Brian at October 23, 2011 7:57 PM

You Damn Skippy!!

Posted by: flannelputz at October 23, 2011 9:42 PM

Been jonesin' here - I need my AD fix baaad, man!

Seriously, get well first then get back. Adding my prayers to those already lifted up...

Posted by: Jonathan at October 23, 2011 10:07 PM

Whoa... I didn;t know.

Get better soon, Jerry!

Posted by: cond0010 at October 23, 2011 10:33 PM

You're not working on a secret project? Well, what good are you? I hope you recover well before your insurance runs out, and they still up your premiums.

Get better, you're missed in the blogosphere.

Posted by: Alan Kellogg at October 24, 2011 2:58 AM

Best wishes for a full recovery.

Your fan from down under.

Posted by: Brett_McS at October 24, 2011 3:35 AM

I'm glad it's just an illness and I pray for a speedy recovery. Get well soon, Gerard!

Posted by: Daniel at October 24, 2011 4:10 AM

Get better Gerard! We miss your thoughts and comments.

Posted by: Peter at October 24, 2011 5:36 AM

Get well Gerard...was wonderin'...

Posted by: tim at October 24, 2011 5:49 AM

Gerard, best wishes for your speedy recovery - Chuck Q

Posted by: qcifer at October 24, 2011 7:05 AM

Thanks for the update. Glad to see that I wasn't the only one getting concerned about his absence.

Get well, Gerard. You are missed.

Posted by: physics geek at October 24, 2011 7:34 AM

My Internet didn't work for two days and now it works but it's useless because Gerard isn't on it.

Posted by: Sippican at October 24, 2011 8:18 AM

Am as relieved as everyone else to get some kind of news about Gerard, but also concerned about whatever is keeping him away.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at October 24, 2011 9:15 AM

I hope you have a speedy recovery.


Posted by: Rich Nelson at October 24, 2011 9:47 AM

Best wishes

Posted by: Daran at October 24, 2011 12:15 PM

Get well soon so that on your next trip to NY the Steak Diane at Henrys is on me.

Posted by: gedaliya at October 24, 2011 12:43 PM

Whew. Was wonderin'. Godspeed and come back soon healthy.

Posted by: robinstarfish at October 24, 2011 1:28 PM

I've been missing your writing. Get well soon.

Posted by: nemo at October 24, 2011 3:05 PM

gerard hope you are getting well quickest...we need to hear your voice

Posted by: alan ess at October 24, 2011 5:37 PM

Prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery. The good fight will still be there when you return to the fray.

Posted by: M.P. Ryan at October 24, 2011 6:01 PM

Gerard, you old sinner, I bet you're undercover at an OWS event, and I can't wait to read your observations and see the video.

Seriously, I miss you, man. Get well and be well. Been praying for your health; you're needed at the front.

Posted by: twolaneflash at October 24, 2011 6:31 PM

Me too.

Posted by: Babs at October 24, 2011 6:42 PM

More prayers.

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at October 24, 2011 7:51 PM

Gerald, stop messing about and get back to your work, our sort are not allowed the luxury of karking it as the world needs us!

Posted by: thud at October 26, 2011 6:40 AM

I hope that you have the best medical care.
You have my best wishes.
Thank you for all your creations

Posted by: Grace at October 26, 2011 10:53 PM

I'll say one for you. Say one for me.

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CC, why would it be racist or derogatory or even "questionable" to call a black man "Mr. Bojangles"? I saw Bill Robinson perform a number in a film with Shirley Temple (I believe the one you're talking about is called "The Little Colonel") and he was pretty darn talented. I bet Obama wishes he possessed such a dancing talent. I think he'd consider it a compliment. Of course, I have no idea what resemblance ken sees between the two. Maybe he'll explain. Or maybe he was thinking of the sixties song all along. Unless you know why, it's useless to speculate.

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