Oprah, Celebrate the Spirit, and the Lastmanout
You may wonder why this page is here and what is the connection
between this site
and Oprah. I think it is an interesting story, and perhaps even
a paradox in itself.
know there is no animosity in anything here, only a story to tell
It explains the Hey
Oprah - Ignore This - billboard <-click to see) I put up in Chicago
Oprah once asked her viewers to write in and tell her where they
their lives to be in the coming year of 2000 in relation to Celebrating the
I wrote in with an observation and a suggestion. Her book club highlights
books in "Celebrating the Sprit" and for her book club,
is limited to those who are
currently published. I suggested, with her connections and power,
why not start either
her own publishing company, or at the very least, an agency representing new
who reach the heart and seek to make the world
just a little better with their words
To this end I sent in multiple copies of my manuscripts on different days
just some of the copies of 1000s of the replies I received to my musings.
asked how I knew, could feel, voiced the
hidden thoughts of their hearts and souls.
removed the names from the replies for privacy, and stated so, but left all the rest
intact. I specifically sent multiple copies because
I was interested to see if all the
mail was read, as Oprah so often stated.
( It definitely is not and much is ignored)
At this time, a friend of mine got wind of what I had done and using my
sent out a letter, without telling me of course until later, informing
the list of the effort I was making toward Oprah's request. She asked them, if
writings had touched them, to write to
Oprah in my support. Both by E-Mail and
And if they were forwarding the musings on to their own personal lists,
to please also
forward on her request.
Oprah received thousands of letters from all over the world my support
Unfortunately, she and her staff chose to ignore them.
This is the strange paradox.
She seems to get and often take action on a single letter.
Here she gets hundreds and
hundreds of letters from all over the world on my behalf asking
for her help so others
might be as touched and changed as they had been by my small words,
and yet affords
me not even the courtesy of a reply
or a question of why so many wonderful letters were written in my support from so many
people in so many diverse places who have
read and loved the musings. I suspect they got
so much mail for me in such a short time
they probably thought they were spammed.
But, sigh, they could have checked.
So many have expressed how my small words have helped them to "Celebrate the
them as was Oprah's intention. They spoke of how the words helped
their hearts, their minds and their souls to the
light within. That the words
spoke directly to them in the silent places they
So, if the small words in my musings
have touched you, helped you, made you
or in some small way made a difference in your life,
or someone you know,
let me know and sign my guest book.
The sad part is, while the staff ignored all
those wonderful letters, they not only ignored
me, but ignored all you wonderful people
who took the time to write them in my behalf.
For those of you reading this who once took
your time to write her, I sincerely thank
you. And <smile> if you want to write
again, here's the E-mail Oprah link .
But if she
and her staff have steadfastly maintained they will not even acknowledge
in her own town.....that was for up many months ( courtesy of the billboard
people ) then
like the many thousands of other letters, it too may be ignored.
Oprah says she listens.
Somehow, it has not proven so, and her words echo silently in the world of
But rest assured, I will continue to write. For I must do so. I to learn as
the words flow from
the ink from my pen to the music of angels whispers. Surely the loss is Oprahs,
Love flows because we want it to flow from within us, not because of anyone
Love is what we are. Some know this. Some suspect this. Some have no clue. Yet
in end, as
it was when it all began, the circle comes back to find the love that was
always there, in us.
Mail Oprah - Click here