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A Message From Michael

A Message From Michael

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Published by Rosy Baldwin

Life is short. Be sure to tell your loved ones how much you care! This is a book I wrote several years ago in memory of my dear friend Mike, a wonderful man who sadly left our world far too soon...

Life is short. Be sure to tell your loved ones how much you care! This is a book I wrote several years ago in memory of my dear friend Mike, a wonderful man who sadly left our world far too soon...

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Published by: Rosy Baldwin on Feb 04, 2013
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 Rosy Baldwin (rosyb9@aol.com)
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 A Message from Michael 
In the sultry August gloom, I stood beside my sister Jo at the East Falls ChurchMetro station. It was one o’clock in the morning. We were not waiting for the last subwaytrain but were anticipating the arrival of the first participants in the “Out of the DarknessSuicide Awareness Walk”. We lit our small scented candles and positioned our foldingmetal chairs at the station, along with scores of other supporters. All of us shared acommon bond: the need to shed some light on the “heartbreak disease” of depression.Crickets chirped and spring peepers serenaded us as a few stray raindrops trickled fromovercast skies. Occasional heat lightning illuminated the heavens.Suddenly the leading walkers appeared from the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail adjacent to the subway stop. Cheers and applause broke out as they marcheddown the slight hill. These dedicated people would trudge a total of twenty-six foot- blistering miles throughout Northern Virginia that late summer night before reaching theMall in Washington, D.C. by sunrise. Some participants had photos of their departedloved ones printed on their colorful sweat-drenched shirts and tank tops, close to their hearts. I myself was wearing my “Michael” tee shirt that I had created years earlier. Itdepicted the handsome face of my dearest friend and was designed to resemble an OldWest
poster, complete with antique-y lettering. Merely wearing the tee mademe feel closer to him.
 Rosy Baldwin (rosyb9@aol.com)
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 A Message from Michael 
Despite the oppressive humidity, all of the marchers were friendly and smiling.My heart wished to ease their pain and to applaud their courage. While talking to some of them, I discovered that several had lost their loved ones to suicide only months before.The wounds were still jagged, raw. Overcome with bittersweet emotion, I cheered alongwith the rest of the crowd, lifting my candle high! Some compassionate souls positionednext to us were providing refreshing cold watermelon slices and flavored ice pops for thetired and thirsty walkers, who numbered in the thousands. Jo and I left the station around3:30 that morning when the last participant passed by. It was a powerful experience and Iwas glad we had been a part of the marathon, if only as bystanders.The statistics on suicides are disturbing: 30,000 souls in the United States
take their own lives each year. Hundreds of thousands more attempt suicide and don’tsucceed…at that time. Depression is increasingly being recognized for what it is, aserious mental illness that should carry no disgrace, no finger-pointing. Millions of  people will suffer from it at during some period of their lives.
 Nobody is guaranteed immunity from this disorder; it is oblivious to race, sex, religion, economic status or education.
It strikes especially hard at our young people and it re-emerges as a potentforce in our later years as well. Throughout history, some of mankind’s finest and brightest have fallen dark and silent from this affliction.
 A Message from Michael 
is really threefold in purpose. First, I am trying in a verymodest way to shed some light on depressive illness, at least from the viewpoint of what Iobserved in my friend Michael. The second purpose is to present the reader with a quick artist’s sketch of someone whose passing made this world a less vibrant and less caring
 Rosy Baldwin (rosyb9@aol.com)
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 A Message from Michael 

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Famed psychic medium GEORGE ANDERSON'S reading for Mike begins on PAGE 153!
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