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Oct. 21st, 2007 | 08:17 am

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“Hi, it’s Jeremy, a few days after surgery and today feeling quite refreshed. It’s a sunny day here and I’m feeling more integrated and more like the things that were taken out of my body and the other things were put in are beginning to assimilate a little bit.

I feel generally a little bit more whole and that feels good because it makes me feel more able to communicate and more wanting to communicate, so, here I am on my Live Journal Voice Post again.

The other thing that I wanted to talk about was the wonderful event, the Rainforest Action Network (http://www.ran.org/ ) event that I was able to escape from the UCSF Med Center at the last minute to make it. That was great – we had to do this stealth – I dressed up in my nice shirt and then put a gown over it and wheeled myself down to the cafeteria late at night because the nurses weren’t going to let me leave because they may not have ever let me back into the hospital if I did being it was two days after my surgery.
Even though one of my doctors argued for letting me go if I felt up to it.

We had to do some stealth stuff and we did end up making it there on time. As soon as we arrived, the doors opened at REVEL. My wife was there and she met me on the stage and I was able to receive the People and Planet award from the Rainforest Action Network.

That’s a wonderful gift for me to receive from an organization that I love so much and one that I know stands for the same things, working to target areas where human rights abuses and environmental destruction coincide. Those are the hot spots in the world that we need to focus on. They are all over; they are right in our backyard sometimes.

So anyway, I was also going to read a poem if I was not going to show up at the event.
I’m going to try to read that poem now and bear with me a little bit because it’s long and my mouth gets kind of parched.

It goes:

I come from the forest
I always have
Ever since my mom gave me the Giving Tree I've known
Because near to everywhere I have lived forests have grown
And I’ve fought for them too, almost everywhere
From California my home,
to Alaska and down to the heart of the Amazon sound
In the cloud forests of Ecuador
In the jungles of Burma
I sang with and ate with the families from there.
And learned about their homes
And how their forests have grown
And the dying of peoples, animals and trees
from the violence "they’ve" sown, repeats everywhere.

I come from the forest and I’ll fight since I care
Because there is freedom in the continued existence of bear,
wolf, salmon and eagle and what we don’t know exists
And we can keep using the tree that it gives us as gifts
If we listen and we care
Because they always have been giving
It’s in their very nature
Our shelter, warmth, food, and medicine arrive without asking
Like fruit from their branches, Not to mention clean air
And falling of leaves
like the falling of trees, Shows us
that death is just recycling with the dying of trees
But don’t steal every seed with your money and greed
And turn every forest into a burnt field of weeds

I come from the forest
and I am a tree
and this process is natural, even for me.
In fact, I am not as big or as old as the most majestic creatures
that disappear every day without complaint or lectures
My leaves may be browning, a fire there may be
To quicken my cycle, the life of a tree
But don’t doubt I will see you
and give to you again
because that’s the ever-present process we’re in
And If I have a choice about what’s next to offer
It will be to come back to the beautiful sea, an otter.


So that’s my poem to you
A poem I have been thinking about
About myself and also to my unborn child, a child I may never have
And a general poem for everyone.”

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Comments {14}


from: anonymous
date: Oct. 23rd, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)

We never met.
I saw you at the RAN Award Event last Wednesday night, on the stage, with your beautiful wife. It is truly amazing that you were able to make it.
It is hard to describe what I felt, I was so amazed by the work you have done, by your posture and the strength you had in you on stage, by the love and energy floating in the air. I had tears of joy of knowing what you have done, tears of fears of knowing what is attacking your body, and tears of hope because you seem so strong.

Thank you for who you are!


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Re: Peggy

from: jerumi
date: Oct. 30th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)

Thank You Peggy, for your words of cupport.

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Too long...

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 25th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)

Dear Jeremy,

its been too long that we talked last time or even met. Righteously you must think, that I have forgotten about you, like maybe so many others. Don't know, if this makes a big difference to you, but you are definitively not forgotten, also not by the ones, that are bad with staying in touch. You have been a constant guest in my mind ever since we talked last time. Seeing you in your struggle, seeing how you keep your spirits high instead of drowning in bitterness, seeing the support you get from your family and so many good friends, helps me very much reminding what life is actually about.

An old atheist, as I am, I can't really pray for you, but can only send you my best thoughts.....


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Re: Too long...

from: jerumi
date: Oct. 30th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)

Dear Maik, its very nice to hear from you. I'm glad that I have occupied some space in your mind as I see you as a friend too. It would be great to see you again and do something. Maybe rock climb? Or AK research?? That was fun..

Tanks for also sending me your best thoughts. Yo me it is mostly intention that matters. And you intending good feelings and healing for me is the same as praying.


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You are surrounded by loving thoughts

from: kilv
date: Oct. 25th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC)

Like leaves floating in a forest canopy

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Re: You are surrounded by loving thoughts

from: jerumi
date: Oct. 30th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)

Thanks Brother.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 26th, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)

Hi Jeremy

I'm Asti, forest campaigner for GP Switzerland since a couple of monthes.I got to know about your blog because Scott posted it on the foreststaff list.

So I just wanted to let you know that your blog gets far and that I spent some minute s thinking about the power and weakness of humans as well as trees.
I send you very heartly and warm wishes from Switzerland, Asti

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from: rekzkarz
date: Oct. 26th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)


I heard from Tish and Wes that you're having a rough time. I'm sorry to hear this. I know you've had it hard for awhile now.

I always enjoyed meeting with you and sharing time and space.

There has been a halo around you for awhile, sometimes in your energy, sometimes in your eyes, sometimes heart-centered.

I've always been glad that I could clown around in that light. Let me know if you need anything, b/c I'm very nearby.

PEACE & LOVE - Ari = rekzkarz.com / threewaysmedia.com

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from: lanihorn
date: Oct. 26th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)

I am so proud of you and the work you do.

You are an inspiration to me, when you are well and when you are sick. You teach me so much about how to live a life of grace, integrity, courage, and love.

I'll see you soon, okay?



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Incredible You

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 27th, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)

We love you Jeremy. You are an incredible man and we are so proud to share family ties with one so brave and valiant. You are in our thoughts, now and forever.

Wes & Tisha xo

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from: girlinthemoon
date: Oct. 28th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)

They couldn't have given you a more perfect award -- I'm so glad that you were able to make it to the ceremony. Thanks for sharing your poem here -- it's beautiful. I love the repetition in it, and the acceptance.

I love you, always, and send loads of good thoughts and love your way.



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From Albuquerque with Love...

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 29th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)

Such a beautiful poem, Jeremy ... because it incorporates so much of you... your worldly travels, your ideals and wishes, your passion and your compassion, your love of nature, and the cycle of life. Life has taken you on so many signifigant journeys and all earth's inhabitants now and forever stand to benefit from your courageous actions. You are one of the bravest and kindest people I've ever met. I admire you greatly.
I want to add my thanks to you for your contributions to the People and the Planet. They did choose the perfect award for you. I'm so glad you attended the REVEL - no way could a silly hospital rule could keep you from going once you decided you wanted to go - very ingenious, you and Sherry are such clever esape artists. Good work. I loved reading about the event and your award here and on the RAN website... sounds like such a very special evening... thanks so much for adding this post to your blog, Jeremy.
Much love to you and Beth from all three of us.

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Good Luck

from: anonymous
date: Oct. 31st, 2007 01:11 pm (UTC)

Jeremy... Glad that you are feeling refreshed. Positive news!

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 12th, 2007 07:34 am (UTC)

Hi Jeremy, I was curious after I received the e-mail from Ginger for your celebration. Congratulations. Speaking of Alaska, finally found the picture when you and the Greenpeace/Esperanza crew were in Hydaburg. That was exciting. If I could figure out how to post some pictures to your blog, I would. Anyway, I'll send one of them to Ginger in hopes that she can post it here for me. You folks were just getting ready to leave. Vicki, Shawn, Laura, Tom, Adrian, You and Dad were in the photo. The date was actually in July 2004. Sorry to hear you're not doing well, our thoughts are with you and your family.

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