Greetings to all Members and New Vistors!
Here is The Big Update!
It's been a long winter, like a winter many have not seen for decades. There are so many who did not survive, due to sleeping out of doors, again, in places that threw merciless conditions at them. "Homeless In America" has yet to roll tape due to this winter's effects on our lives here in New Mexico as well. I'm touching base here to celebrate the smell of Spring in the Air! I'll bet that even people in the northern regions can smell it coming. Hope still lives!
Let's begin the Spring Initiative for my project! The work cries out to be done, and I can only sit on the clutch just so long now.
I began this campaign in late September. I was emboldened by the rapid success of most of the campaigns I read at GoFundMe.Com. Response was overwhelming at first. I cried for the feeling of Love that was coming through here. It was such a comfort to learn that Old Friends and New felt my Project was worthy of notice and assistance.
Since the Holiday Spending Flurry came on, as well as calls for help in disaster wracked areas of the world, progress towards my goal has slowed to a grind, at best. It occurs to me that many may also be wondering why I am still here, In New Mexico, sitting with the wonderful 'new' vehicle I was able to acquire, within the original budget no less, via all of your help. So, why am I still here?
I believe more and more as I advance in age, that the Right Thing will always happen at the Right Time, and in the Right Place. Since I am here, and not somewhere else, I must be in that Right Place, for the moment. Mother Nature had other travel plans for me. From the first storm of winter that covered the vast miles from here to Minnesota...and beyond, it has been an impossible concept, to drive through it all and get there in one piece...and not buried by snow plows in Iowa somewhere.
I did not fret over this delay. Still, the storms kept on coming in a line of endless traveling impediments. The idea of spending even one night sleeping the vehicle, sounded like a death sentence. I stayed, continuing to write the frame and narrative outline for the Documentary "Homeless In America".
Some of you who know me may recall that I had declared quite boldly that there would be a new Cat to accompany me. As it turns out, on the day of our first good snow, the owner of this little box I subsist in, woke me, holding a small bundle in his hands...quite carefully holding it too. His son had found a kitten out in the storm, barely 7 weeks old. He said to me, "I can't think of anyone better to care for this little one." and handed the spitting, scratching, snarling little feral darling to me. This was three days after my birthday.
I had planned to leave, first in time for Thanksgiving in MN. Then the day after my birthday. Well, she has become domesticated, and are best of friends with Robin. I call her Chickie Pie. She is the perfect traveling companion and has kept my spirits up through a lonesome Christmas and a very boring New Years Eve. I have a Rescue Kitty, and what would have happened had I not been here for her?
The other bit of great development news is this: I just recently got a demo for a radio show accepted by Radio World Indie...a web radio station that is taking off like a Concorde Jet. They are solely dedicated to the music of Independent Artists, aka; Indies. I can do this remotely. Love the web for that! It will also make and outstanding platform from which to launch the Documentary Project! This too, may not have come to pass, had I not been right here in NM to meet the folks from Radio World Indie. Yes they are a local station, broadcasting around the world. No fund raiser could have ever paid for exposure and advertising at that scale!
Broadcasting from M-F, 9AM-10PM, MST. When more jocks are added to the crew, we are confident the broadcast days will expand in hours and weekends. Please check them out and hand off a shout out to them on their FaceBook Page! Tell them you are looking forward to hearing my new weekly one hour show, "Out Side The Box", beginning some time this March!
So you can see, Folks, that I do not feel guilty for listening to that voice of wisdom, and staying a little longer, thanks to Mother Nature.
Now I have a very valuable tool in the Project's kit....and a wonderful new companion as well.
Having spent what was needed to get the wonderful new vehicle, registered, and insured too, I am concerned that not getting me up to the first leg of my Project's Itinerary, will simply absorb what small amount of the current funds raised,on insuring it, do remain in the account.
I am also concerned that if I will not raise the rest of the Stated Goal of $8,000. I will have neither the funds to start rolling tape on this project or have the travel trailer/studio space to produce the film, as well as to live in as a decent home for a traveling film maker. It costs money to produce a film. This first fund raiser will by no means pay for all the production related costs. This fund raiser is solely meant to get the Project launched, and create the momentum for further fund raising efforts in other arena's.
I thank you all for your help to date. I thank you the kind wishes the accompany your donations as well. They do help to buoy my spirits. I will thank you for ever....and each one of you by name in the credits of this Film...if you will share the heck out of this link, if that is all you can do. The success of any fund raiser depends entirely upon Exposure to the public. Can you help with that?
Here is the link for a 30 minute film by my friend Emily Horne. She calls it the "Robinmentary". Her opening title is 'Homeless in America', as a nod to this project. Watch it. Share it, if you will and bless you all for your help!
My new P.A.,Chickie Pie!