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My family is finishing our fourth month of the worst nightmare we’ve ever had… and it’s one that doesn’t end with sunrise each morning. On December 29th, 2022, my parents’ truck went off the road near their Philo home in Northern California, and crashed into a row of trees. Thankfully my mother was largely unscathed, but my father was badly bruised, broke one clavicle, suffered a fracture to his skull and severe brain trauma.

He was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where he spent three weeks in the ICU deep in a coma from his traumatic brain injuries. It was the worst three weeks of our lives, seeing him in such a devastating state, completely unresponsive and unstable, with no idea what was going to happen. (click “see all” for the rest.)

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April 26, 2023

Wow! We are so moved by how much support we are receiving to help with dad's recovery. There have been a few medical setbacks, but he is recovering and doing well now. He is back on track to soon take the swallow-test to get his trache removed and begin to drink water and swallow liquid food on his own. Thank you all so much for your prayers, your donations, and your love.

March 29, 2023

Over the following weeks after dad finally opened his eyes, he was able to make eye contact and eventually began to quietly speak. He can now sometimes answer questions or say things rooted in present space and time. Much of the time, however, he is in some dreamland away from reality, or not awake at all. He has very little control over his body, as in he has successfully given a thumbs up, one time. He can sometimes move his legs and arms in a very subtle way when asked, although his arms cause him a great deal of pain. He has daily physical, occupational and speech therapy to help him regain function. Perhaps the most heartwarming (and heartbreaking), is he can now offer us very small but very warm smiles.

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August 29, 2023

My heart goes out to you all in the long suffering you have been through.May the comfort of Maitreya's love see you through this .
This is a quote I keep on hand & I share w/you in that spirit.
Repeat when tired, discouraged & weak per A.B.?

At the center of all Love I stand & naught can touch me here, and from that center I shall go forth to Love & Serve.
Hugs to you all w/Love from Mary Ann.

mary ann slane

August 25, 2023

Dearest Bill, Nancy, and Olivia -- sending you much love and steady courage to meet the start of each new day. "Hold fast to your Truth. Hold fast to your Light. Hold fast, my friends, to your Love."


Abbie Blair

August 25, 2023

Pulling for all of your. ❤️

Mary OBrien