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The Wishes That Came True

Today I am retiring the “After the Paradise Fire” wishlist on Amazon. It was started before I got an apartment after the Camp Fire disaster blew up my home in Paradise. I had never had an Amazon “wishlist” before and there were several false starts before a reader showed me how to do it. After it was up I was stunned at how responsive all of my readers were. Wish after wish, my needs for various items were being granted at light speed.

Last night I finally built the last item I needed ( a desk on which I am writing this post) and this morning when I looked at the list I saw only a chair, and since I had just gotten a chair down at Office Depot, I deleted that final item. Then turning around inside this apartment I saw that I did have every needful thing necessary to go forward with this new stage of life after the fire. I saw that I now live, not in The House That Jack Built, but in The House That My Readers Built.

It is strange to live in a home in which everything is new except me, but that’s the case. It’s a home that I never could have managed on my own after the fires since, to recover from the fire, what you have to do is attach a firehose to your bank account and blast away. My readers have saved me from a very tight financial squeeze in both money donated and wishlist wishes granted.

If I have three wishes left in this life they would all be, first, second, and third, that God bless and keep all my readers.

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  • theduchessofkitty January 10, 2019, 9:40 AM

    Most likely I’m speaking for the rest of us when I say this: I will do it again, in a heartbeat, no questions asked.

    And we’ll give your feline princess more kitty-nip and toys.

  • David B January 10, 2019, 9:46 AM

    Oh, Gerard, it was simple-
    Hebrews 13:1-2
    1 Continue in brotherly love. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
    May God Bless and keep you and yours.

  • jwm January 10, 2019, 9:49 AM

    Back atcha’ Mr. V
    We have a whole new category of human relationship thanks to the internet. We now have people we can regard as close friends even though we wouldn’t recognize one another if we were sitting together at a bus stop.

    One more thing:
    Something here I’d like to share. This last August an old friend of mine, an artist by the name of Pete Hampton passed away. He was painter of nature, a story teller, and a mad genius in the true sense of the word. I have come into possession of his complete body of work, and I am now photographing, and cataloguing it all.
    I am keeping an on line chronicle of my progress. Yes, this is a shameless plug, but it’s a plug for Pete, not for me. Come have a look.

    Especially come see The Deep Dark Hole.


    ….or just click on my nic. goes to the same place.


  • Marica January 10, 2019, 10:02 AM

    I didn’t do much but what I did was worth it just for the semi-profane furniture building story alone. Thanks for everything!

  • Bill in Tennessee January 10, 2019, 10:29 AM

    I hope you are indeed fully recovering, especially internally. A couple of years ago a lot of people near us in Gatlinburg, TN, lost everything in a widespread fire that burned hundreds of homes and businesses. Today many of them still seem shell-shocked and lost, although most of their material needs have been filled by the neighborly people of east Tennessee. Others have managed to move on and recover internally. I hope this for you, Gerard

  • PA Cat January 10, 2019, 10:45 AM

    If I have three wishes left in this life they would all be, first, second, and third, that God bless and keep all my readers.

    Apropos of the house that your readers built, we all had some help from a carpenter’s Son who’s been building human lives and homes for two millennia and counting.

    And I’ll certainly keep your Editor in mind when her catnip stash runs low.

  • Phil in Englewood January 10, 2019, 11:35 AM

    The House That My Readers Built, or maybe The House that Gerard Built With His Amazing Blog and Stellar Writing, With Some Help From His Grateful Readers.

  • Lance de Boyle January 10, 2019, 12:32 PM

    I say we meet at Gerard’s July 4, and have a bbq.

  • Sam L. January 10, 2019, 12:53 PM

    You’re welcome, Gerard. Shows somewhat how much we like your writing.

  • NickSVan January 10, 2019, 12:58 PM

    Good idea, Lance. I’m just a day’s drive north.
    He’s gonna need a big yard to hold the crowd. A very big yard.

  • David Spence January 10, 2019, 1:20 PM

    What Duchess of Kitty said times two! Best Christmas I ever had because I was helping someone truly in need rather than buying another trinket for those that have more than enough. Speaking for most, I can assure you it was our pleasure to help!

  • Pat January 10, 2019, 1:29 PM

    God bless you, Gerard! Glad your needs were met!

  • Casey Klahn January 10, 2019, 6:01 PM

    Very happy to hear this report. You are a rock and yet I imagine the emotional stuff is not small. You lost your house, and your town with it. Blessings your way, Gerard.

    Thanks for your extra grace towards me. Things are good here, mostly. I found out this morning that my college buddy (we were a tight bunch) is in ICU. Life is not long for some. I am thankful for every connection.

  • Jeff Brokaw January 10, 2019, 7:48 PM

    More than happy to help, and even happier that you now have the “stuff” that we all need to live our lives.

    God bless and here’s wishing you a great 2019!

  • Jennifer January 11, 2019, 3:56 AM

    Happy to help! Your writing is a blessing. I’m grateful I can join the group here returning a small part of that blessing to you.

  • H January 11, 2019, 7:37 AM

    Wish I could have done more but things are a little tight at the moment. Thanks to all here who stepped up into that gap for me.

  • Jaynie January 11, 2019, 7:51 AM

    Phil in Englewood said: “The House That My Readers Built, or maybe The House that Gerard Built With His Amazing Blog and Stellar Writing, With Some Help From His Grateful Readers.”

    And, just as Marica did, I got a lot out of your furniture construction piece.

    And thanks for the blessing GVDL, always a welcome, good thing.

    Take care.

  • Anon January 11, 2019, 1:26 PM

    You are welcome G.
    The gift is in the giving.

  • Hangtown Bob and Peg January 12, 2019, 9:48 AM

    Being given the opportunity to get to know you and help you is a blessing in itself.

  • born in a dogtrot January 13, 2019, 12:06 PM

    Your words have welcomed me, your wisdom consoled me, and your example encouraged me while facing down the shattering of my own homelife in a consuming fire this past June. Example is the best teacher. Thanks!

  • Juliette January 15, 2019, 2:33 PM

    It is such a small thing we did.