I keep promising that I won't take much of your time and
I promise I won't tonight. Just a few things to keep you up-to-date.
I had some very good feedback about the speech I gave.
I had to go over to the 9-11 Village to get it. I had to ask around to
see what they thought. The first person I talked to hadn't heard the speech
so wouldn't comment on it. The second person I talked to hadn't heard the
speech either, but had talked to someone who did and he didn't have an
opinion one way or another. I asked a few other people and they said that
they liked it. They had more questions for me: "Why was I killed?
Could I have avoided the attack? Why me? Why us?"
I won't talk about the speech again unless someone brings
it up of course.
(Later that day)
I had a talk with David today. He is really a kind person.
That doesn't mean he's a soft touch. He tells it like it is, but in a nice
way. He introduced me to his wife, Lynne. She is interested in seeing the
nursery and the Child Care Centers. She wants to help. She is going to
meet me at the D.R. tomorrow morning. I'll show her around and introduce
her to the crew and the kids. She is excited about working with kids again.
David wants to get the stage production going. I did get him some actors,
technicians, musicians and a director. He wants to keep busy and he wants
the people of the Village to be active. He said that when Frasier
goes off the air next season, Kelsey could play you in the new TV series.
"I'm listening World." He said it wouldn't be much of a switch
to have Kelsey receive "telephone" calls from the Other Side
instead of radio listeners. He said that he has the idea outline now. He
brought this up not me. It was his suggestion that our messages be a television
series. He has taken our book, The Stars Still Shine out of the
Library and is well into it. He had many questions for me and he wants
me to take him and Lynne to the places described in the book. That is something
I'll have to work on with Molly and some others. John Candy and Lloyd Bridges
are going to invite him to the Sweat Camps next week. Michael and Dan are
going to get him on horseback at the ranches. I also invited both David
and Lynne to Sussex tomorrow night. You can be sure I checked with Pemby
first. Pemby suggested that I invite them over.
I wanted to make sure you heard the news from me first.
(Two days later)
By the way, hello. I'm on a coffee break at the D.R. There
is someone sitting beside me who wants to say hello to you. She is Lynne.
Here she is.
"Hello Father Murray. I hope I can call you that?
I read the The Stars Still Shine and I wanted to talk to you. I
had to talk to you. If I were still alive, I would have a hard time believing
what you are doing. Now, being on this side, it makes perfect sense. I
don't know how you do it, but I am thrilled that you get the messages and
then get the ideas out. I have a selfish motive. I want to impose on you
to get a message out that we are still alive, as far as we are concerned.
The old folks are still active and getting younger. If we work it right,
we can pass our age going down instead of up. We can be younger. David
seems to think that somehow this age differential in reverse is somehow
illegal or immoral. I'll set him straight. This age reversal is a woman's
dream. It's too bad that we have to die to get it. We old folks are still
together. We have our arguments, but we resolve them before we go to bed.
David prowls the halls at night trying to harness his creative juices.
He is planning a stage production and it is taking shape. He wants me to
be involved, but I am finding I have other diversions. Michael introduced
me to the children and I'm hooked. I love working with these children.
Mind you, it's demanding work, but the love you get back in return is worth
all the effort. I just know that all you doubters are going to want some
type of proof that the old girl is still alive. No contest. I don't have
to prove anything. If you really want proof, I'll find a way to haunt you,
especially when you are in the bathroom. Coffee break is over and I have
to get back to work. Next week, if I'm good, they will let me take care
of three babies. Thank you. L."
Lynne has left to go back to the wards. The nursing sisters
say that she is a natural and they want to get her "broken in"
as soon as possible. Lynne was unsure about asking you to help her get
the word out. I told her that you wouldn't mind helping her. I hope I was
I'll talk to you again soon. I'm going back to work.
Love and peace, Mike.